Location Announcement for Bard DC Year 2: SY2020-2021

Previously DCPS announced Bard High School DC will remain in their Ward 7 – Davis building location for the upcoming school year, 2020-2021. See here for the Bard DC Year Two Location Letter from the Facilities Team. In addition to this letter, the Facilities and Strategic School Planning Teams held a community meeting on November 18th to learn more from staff and families on what their priorities are for the Year 2 (Y2) location and the permanent long-term location.

DCPS will begin focus groups with staff and students this winter to incorporate feedback and recommendations as we plan for Bard DC’s growth in the Davis building. There will also be future community meetings throughout the winter to continue to keep the Bard DC community updated on the location process.

For School Year 2020-2021, Bard DC will have grades 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Prospective students should reference the Bard DC website’s admissions tab: https://bhsec.bard.edu/dc/admission/

Bard DC: Matched Student Orientation fun!

Bard DC Leadership Team from left to right: Dr. Brian Gloor (Dean of Studies), Dr. Vanessa Anderson (Principal), and Jeffery Moss (Dean of Students)

Last week, Bard DC hosted a student orientation for matched students and families. They  met Bard DC’s leadership team (pictured above) to learn more about what to expect in SY19-20 and engaged in a writing and thinking exercise with Professor Nelly Lambert (BHSEC Baltimore staff).  Bard High School Early College’s alums now based in DC also shared their Bard experiences and tips for Bard’s new incoming class!

Bard DC’s matched students have until May 1st to enroll and provide proof of DC residency to secure their seat. Families can bring completed enrollment packets or pick up blank ones at the following times this month:

  • Tuesdays at Davis building: 4430 H St. SE (8:30 – 5 PM)
  • Any weekday at DCPS Central Office (1200 First St. NE, 9th floor)
  • Saturday, April 20: Open House at Francis Gregory Library (3660 Alabama Ave. SE)
  • Saturday, April 27: Enrollment Saturday at DCPS Central Office (1200 First St. NE, 9th floor)

Bard DC’s matched students also have a specific tab on the Bard DC website and information will be updated here regularly: https://bhsec.bard.edu/dc/accepted-students/ 

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April 10: Matched students’ event


My School DC HS Lottery Deadline This Week!

The MSDC high school lottery deadline is this week! Bard DC is hosting one more Open House before this lottery deadline. Join them this Wednesday, January 30th at Francis-Gregory Library (3660 Alabama Ave. SE) from 5:30 – 7:30 PM to take the written assessment and complete in-person interview. Have questions about the process or your application? Want the Bard DC team to do an individual admission session? Contact the Bard DC team at dc@bhsec.bard.edu or call (202) 870-0099.

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Bard DC Admissions Counselor: Amanda Washington


Bard DC Location Announcement

The new Bard DC location for SY19-20 is Davis ES in Ward 7. View the Mayor’s press release on the location here and the DCPS community letter below. All current Bard DC MSDC lottery applicants will be notified of this change this week.

  • To request an individual Bard admissions session for your school, contact Amanda Washington: awashington@bhsec.bard.edu
  • To request the Bard DC Team to present at your community meeting, contact Brian Massey: bmassey@bhsec.bard.edu
  • For any general questions about Bard DC and how to apply, contact them via email at dc@bhsec.bard.edu or (202) 898-4664.

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Bard DC January Open Houses!

Apply now to Bard DC via the MSDC lottery and attend an Open House for an overview on Bard, short writing assessment, and in-person interview. Sign up for an Open House here and check out the January dates below. Spanish flyer below as well. The MSDC lottery deadline for high school is Friday, February 1, 2019. Contact the Bard DC Team if you have any questions at dc@bhsec.bard.edu or (202) 898 – 4664.

Bard DC website: http://bhsec.bard.edu/dc/

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Share your thoughts: Bard DC Location Survey

In partnership with Bard College, DCPS is opening a new high school next fall for School Year 2019-2020. Bard High School Early College, Bard DC for short, will be a city-wide, selective high school in Ward 7 or 8. This new school will provide students the opportunity to graduate with up to 60 transferable college credits and an Associate’s Degree from Bard College, free of charge. DCPS put together a survey to gather information from the community on which location traits are most important. In addition to selecting a location for Bard DC Year 1 and future years, DCPS hopes to also learn more about the transportation landscape as we plan for Bard DC’s school opening.

Please contact Helen.Tzow@dc.gov if you have any questions or call 202-520-2277 if you would like to complete the survey over the phone. The deadline to complete the survey is Tuesday, November 27, 2018. A summary of these results will be publicized on the DCPS School Planning Blog. Thank you for your feedback!


New DCPS partnership with Bard College: Bard High School Early College (Bard DC)

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Mayor Muriel Bowser and interim DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Amanda Alexander announced a new partnership between DCPS and Bard College that will provide students the opportunity to earn college credit and an associate degree from Bard College while earning their high school diploma. Opening in school year 2019-2020, Bard Early College High School will be a tuition-free, four-year, early college high school operated jointly by Bard College and DCPS. Students who attend Bard High School Early College will have the opportunity to graduate with an associate degree as well as 60 college credits that will be transferrable to four-year colleges and universities across the country. The school, which will be located in either Ward 7 or Ward 8, will open with a ninth grade cohort and an eleventh grade cohort. The Bard curriculum includes a two-year pre-college sequence in the ninth and tenth grades and a college curriculum in the eleventh and twelfth grades.

View full press release here.