Bard High School Early College Queens

Grades: 9-12
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Students graduate with two years of college credit

The Downside

Heavy homework load

Bard High School Early College Queens offers an intellectually stimulating environment, the opportunity to get to know teachers well, and a college office that provides an unusual level of support. Like its sister school in Manhattan, Bard Queens compresses the work of four years of high school and two years of college into four years, and students graduate with both a high school diploma and a two-year associate's degree.

The school makes an effort not only to enroll students of different races, ethnic groups and backgrounds, but also to make them feel welcome once they arrive. Black Lives Matter posters in the corridors, a special section of books about LGBTQ issues in the school library, and antibias training for the teachers are hallmarks of a school that takes diversity seriously. The school actively recruits low-income students and sets aside 63 percent of its seats for students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunch.

Class size is 18 to 22, significantly smaller than the typical New York City high school class size of 34. That means teachers have time to give students individual attention and help them revise their research papers. The smaller classes are possible because the school receives significant financial support from Bard College. “I have a nice connection with every teacher I have had,” one girl told us.

Bard Queens is a serious place. When you ask the kids what they do for fun, they might tell you how they make jokes about imaginary numbers, or research the effects of ballet on the brain, or coach a little sister’s elementary school chess team. A favorite school event: Pi Day (March 14, get it?), when students bake pies and see who can recite the most decimals of pi.

The workload is heavy, and three hours of homework a night is typical. (One girl told us she does five hours of homework a night.) Grading policies are punishing, and kids who got easy As in middle school find they have to work hard to get Cs at Bard. But students seem happy and engaged, and the work, they say, is interesting—never busy work.

Students complete the high school curriculum in their first two years. For example, they study U.S and Latin American history in their first year and World History—typically a two-year course—in their second year. They choose Spanish, Latin or Chinese to learn as a foreign language. In their second two years, they choose from a range of college courses such as African history, Race and Power in America, organic chemistry and computer science.  

“I may not have gotten a grounding in world history in just one year, but I got to take a course about Alexander Hamilton, and one on gender studies, and one on the ‘constructs of self,’” one girl told us.

Housed in leased space on the 6th and 7th floors of an office building that also houses the High School of Applied Communication and the Academy of Finance and Enterprise, Bard Queens has sunny rooms and well-lit corridors that circle an interior atrium. White walls and dark green lockers give the space a crisp, clean feel. There are dance studios, an art room and a small theater, but no gymnasium. Physical education is taught in an exercise room.

The school’s college counselor gives thoughtful advice not only about admissions but also about financial aid. Many graduates enter CUNY, SUNY or Bard College as juniors. Graduates have also been admitted to Vassar, Haverford, Barnard, Brandeis and Mount Holyoke.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school typically does not serve a lot of students with special needs, but those who attend get a lot of support. Some students take a special class designed to teach organizational skills. The school offers team-teaching classes and special education teacher support services (SETSS).

ADMISSIONS: Register on the school’s website the first week of September to take the school’s math and writing assessment. Good attendance, an 85 average and 3s or 4s on 7th-grade state math and ELA exams are required. Students who demonstrate strong skills are invited to an interview. A joint admissions committee screens applications for Bard Queens and the original Bard High School Early College in Manhattan. There are typically 3,000 applicants for 150 seats. (Clara Hemphill, May 2018)

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
98%
Average daily attendance
 
91%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
30%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
60%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
80%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

671
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
55%
Students with disabilities
 
13%
Multilingual learners
 
1%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
98%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
9%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
8%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
70%
13.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
212
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
87%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

 
25%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

 
17%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
16%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Music

 
33%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
99%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
100%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
82%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
41%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Bard High School Early College Queens

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

Inquiry and critical thinking promoted across all subject areas.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Arabic, Greek, Latin, Mandarin, Spanish

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Table Tennis, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

30-20 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City NY 11101

Trains: 7 Line to 33rd St-Rawson St; E Line, M Line, R Line to Queens Plaza; G Line to Court Square; N Line, W Line to Queensboro Plaza

Buses: B62, Q100, Q101, Q102, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q66, Q67, Q69, X63, X64, X68


Contact

Principal: Valeri Thomson

Parent Coordinator: Evelena Plummer

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with the HS of Applied Communication and the Academy of Finance and Enterprise

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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