Welcome to Bard Baltimore’s Admission Page!

On this page you will find information relating to our application process, Open House events, Info sessions, and more!
If you have any questions as you navigate this page and the high school choice process in general, please feel free to contact our Admission Department directly. You can reach us at the following: Jenna Kadota ( or Lyn Townes( We look forward to hearing from you!

An Introduction to Bard Baltimore

Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Baltimore 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. Bard Baltimore students have the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and up to 60 Bard college credits and an associate’s degree.

Core Components of Our Model

  • Free college credits up to an Associate’s degree that transfer to bachelor’s degree programs across the country
  • College faculty teaching all grade levels
  • A robust and engaging liberal arts and sciences curriculum
  • Small, writing- and discussion-based seminar classes
  • Strong student supports and student-faculty relationships
  • Qualitative admissions process that selects students based on their motivation and intellectual curiosity

Our Application Process

Bard Baltimore is a Baltimore City Public School. To be considered for admission to our school, your student must go through our separate admissions process as well as rank us on their high school choice application. Bard Baltimore admits students through a qualitative application process that includes an interview and a writing assessment. BHSEC Baltimore seeks students who demonstrate academic ambition and intellectual curiosity. This year, we are recruiting 125 students for our 9th grade class and a select number of transfer students into grades other than ninth.

  • To begin the application process, a student should complete and submit our virtual student interest form, available here. Once the student submits this, a member of our Admissions Team will send them the link to complete our digital writing assessment
  • After the student completes the writing assessment and submits it, our Admissions Team will reach out to the applicant to coordinate a time for their virtual one-on-one interview. The interview is just for the applicant, not the parent or guardian.
  • After both steps are completed, the applicant will receive their decision within one month of their interview by email.

A student’s composite score or GPA is not a factor for admission into BHSEC Baltimore. Our admissions process takes a more holistic approach to admissions, focusing on qualitative rather than quantitative.

In the meantime, to learn more about our school: you watch Dr. Gamber’s 2019 Heart of the School award winner video here and check us out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @bardbaltimore. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Admissions Team, we are happy to help!


You can reach our admission department directly through email, voice, or text.
Ms. Kadota: voice and text – (443)842-4376 or email her at
Mrs. Townes: voice – (443)842-4251 or email her at

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS: BHSEC Baltimore is committed to the principle that no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of the disability, be excluded from admission or the benefits of services, programs or activities at BHSEC Baltimore.If you have a disability and wish accommodations please contact- Jenna Kadota, Admissions Manager, (443)642-5040, at least 3 days prior to your registered Open House date so that you can share your disability documentation and discuss your specific accommodation needs.

If you have additional questions, please contact Jenna Kadota, our Admissions Manager, at