In the 2020-21 school year, Dutchess BOCES began offering a Bard Early College Program in conjunction with Bard College located in Annandale-on-Hudson.

Bard Early College Hudson Valley provides 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to earn up to one year of college credits while they are still in high school. The program is structured so participants attend their high school in the morning and then attend Bard classes in the afternoon. There are two locations, one at Dutchess BOCES main campus on Salt Point Turnpike and another in Hudson, New York.*

Participants can earn up to 26 credits from Bard College in two years while still attending high school. Core courses in the humanities and history meet New York State requirements in English and U.S. History and prepare students for the Regents exams.

 *Note: Due to COVID-19, the program is currently remote

More than Academics

Bard Early College is always seeking to expand its positive impact on today’s youth.. Of particular focus is supporting those who will be first generation college students. The program is committed to bridging the gap that exists between high school and college, believing that equity and excellence coexist. Extensive advising and support throughout the search and college application process is a key component.


The Bard Early Colleges  empower high school students, particularly those at risk of not completing postsecondary education, to access, afford, and complete college prepared to contribute to civic life and a range of professional pathways. The Bard Early Colleges simultaneously work to influences and lead a growing early college movement focused on equity and excellence.

About Bard Early Colleges

The Bard Early Colleges are based on the belief that intellectually curious high school students, irrespective of background, are ready and eager to do serious college-level work. The philosophy dictates that their ambition should be taken seriously and that a liberal arts education can effectively engage and prepare them to excel as the next generation of leaders. Nine such programs have been established within public school systems throughout the United States.

For more information about Bard Early Colleges: https://bhsec.bard.edu/

For more information about Bard College: https://www.bard.edu/

“Our program has expanded to meet the diverse interests of our growing community of students. Now, more than ever, a liberal arts education rooted in critical inquiry, collaborative learning, and civic engagement is essential to building a more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive society.”

Molly C. Albrecht
Executive Director
Bard Early College Hudson Valley Programs

Jodi Delucia
Deputy Superintendent
Dutchess BOCES