Bard High School

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Monyka Price, Chief of Education, visited and toured Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Cleveland, on Terminal Avenue followed by a classroom discussion with the 2016 inaugural graduating class. Shortly afterwards in a question and answer format, Mayor Jackson addressed hundreds of BHSEC students at a school assembly. Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s (CMSD) Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Cleveland operates in partnership with Bard College, which allows students an opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and a two-year college degree.

Founded on the belief that many high-school-age students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a college education, BHSEC is a four-year public school that allows students to take a two-year, tuition-free college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades. Students at BHSEC are taught by college faculty in undergraduate seminars, graduate with a high school diploma, and have the opportunity to receive up to 60 college credits and an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from Bard College. Everyday, the school strives to live up to the Bard College motto, “A Place to Think,” by emphasizing the critical thinking skills and habits of mind that help students succeed academically and gain a better understanding of themselves. 

Photographer: 
Ruggero Fatica