Accepted Students

Welcome New Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to BHSEC Baltimore! We are thrilled to have you join us for the 2019-2020 school year.

Please make sure you have turned in all the necessary enrollment information to ensure your student is ready for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions, please email our Admissions Manager, Jenna Kadota.

UPDATED (8/8/19): Information For All New Bard Students

Greetings from Bard High School Early College, Baltimore! Here are some important updates and information about the upcoming school year.

  • The school day begins at 8:30am and ends at 3:20pm.
  • Breakfast is offered from 8-8:30am.
  • Lunch is served from 12:30-1:20pm. Students are not permitted to order food, or have food ordered and delivered to them during school hours. Delivery items will be confiscated.
  • Breakfast service is shared with students from our neighbor schools, Connexions and the Angela Y. Davis Leadership Academy. Lunch is not shared with other schools.
  • The school building remains open until 4:50pm for after-school activities, after which time all activities have ended and no supervision for students is provided.
  • No uniform is required at Bard. Students should adhere to the Baltimore City Public Schools dress code for non-uniform schools. For students of all gender identities, items that are excessively revealing(crop tops, etc.) are not permitted. Flip flops are also not permitted due to risk of injury on the stairs.
  • Students may bring the backpack of their choice, and they will be assigned a locker.
  • New this year: An authorized guardian or family member must sign students out in the main office for early dismissals. We cannot accommodate early dismissal requests sent by email, phone, or note for students under 18. Please keep early dismissals to a minimum so your students can get the most from their classes!

Summer Bridge 2019
For new students at all grade levels, Bard offers a three day Summer Bridge orientation program to help welcome you to your school. Summer Bridge 2019 will take place Tuesday, August 20th through Monday, August 26th, 2019. It consists of five half days of orientation activities plus lunch before dismissal. Each day will begin at 9am and end at noon. Breakfast, lunch, and bus tickets will be provided each day. Summer Bridge is required for all students who are enrolling at Bard for the first time in 2019-20; returning students are not allowed to attend, unless pre-approved as a Student Ambassador for the event by Ms. Kadota only.

First Day of School & Writing and Thinking Week 
The first day of classes is Tuesday, September 3, 2019. On this day, students will receive their schedules. Each Bard campus open the year with Writing and Thinking(W&T) days, a series of text and discussion-based workshops. W&T at Bard is tentatively scheduled for September 5-6 and 9-11. Attendance is required on these signature days of the school year. Dismissal is at 2:30pm on W&T Days.

Summer Reading:
The core components of learning at Bard relate to reading, discussion, thinking, and writing. You should read items of your own interest over the summer and come to school in September ready to read and write with a passion. It is a great idea to familiarize yourself with the history of Bard Baltimore through several newspaper and periodical articles concerning our founding, growth, and first graduating class. These articles are available on our website. We have multiple articles in the “news” section of our homepage.

Student Supplies: 
Because your student will have a different teacher for each class period, there are just a few general items we recommend that you obtain as school supplies:

  • 1 notebook or binder for each class(6 classes per semester for students in grades 9-10, 5 classes per semester for fully matriculated students in Years 1 and 2)
  • Pens and pencils for note-taking
  • A combination lock for locker
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Laptop/tablet for note-taking(optional)

Professors will notify students about any specific tools or materials that relate to individual course needs when classes begin. Each student will receive a BHSEC email account. And this year, we anticipate giving each student a custom Bard Baltimore academic planner. Cell phones may be brought to school, but they may not be used during instructional time.

The 9th and 10th grade literature reading lists are available for families interested in purchasing personal copies of books for their students to have their own copy. We provide class sets of texts for use in school, but families may wish to purchase their own copies for students’ personal use.

Literature of the Americas (9th grade):
–       A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesee Williams (ISBN : 9780451041388)
–       A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (ISBN : 9780451131195)
–       M Butterfly by David Henry Hwang (ISBN : 9781101077030)
–       Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (ISBN : 9783942374798)

Literature of the World (10th grade):
–       Odyssey by Homer translated by Richard Lattimore(ISBN : 006124418X)
–       Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (ISBN: 0199536015)
–       Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (ISBN: 1101947136)
–       Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, translated by Edith Grossman (ISBN: 0060934344)

Stay in touch with Bard Baltimore:
Please complete our “electronic emergency card” if you haven’t already. This is just like the paper emergency card that comes home at the start of each school year, however we collect that information electronically. You can complete the emergency card by visiting our web page( and navigating the “Parents” section of the page. At the bottom of the last paragraph you will see the link for our “Emergency Contact Service”. This does not change your information in the Infinite Campus System. When completing this card, please make sure to give us your email address so we can include you in our Principal’s weekly e-mail updates.

If you haven’t heard already, your public transportation route may have changed since June. Please make sure to check your route before the start of school. The MTA has a trip planner to determine your route. Here is the link –

School Contact Information:
Phone – (443)642-2062
Email – Faculty and staff e-mail addresses are listed on our website but you can also reach us at

We hope you have a great rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you in the fall. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.