Application Process

It begins at the Open House

Students interested in applying to Bard High School Early College Baltimore, must attend one of our admissions Open House events to begin our application process. The Open House will include presentations from our principal, students, and faculty, along with a Q&A, a student writing assessment, and signup for interviews at a later date.

Part One: The Writing Assessment

Since Bard is a writing and reading intensive school, we believe writing is a critical component of evaluating students. This assessment is composed of multiple free response essays that will be completed at the Open House. The applicant will be reading an excerpt and then responding to a few prompts. What is most important is student voice and development of ideas.

Part Two: The Interview

The interview is conducted one-on-one with a member of our admissions staff and your student. We are looking for students who are excited and ready for this challenge. We seek students who demonstrate academic ambition and intellectual curiosity. We want to see how your student envisions themself at Bard and what about our unique program inspires them.

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.

Open House Schedule for Students applying for the 2020/2021 school year:

Saturday, March 14th at 10am
Saturday, April 18th at 10am

Please make sure you register for the Open House beforehand.

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.

All open house sessions take place at 2801 N. Dukeland Street, Baltimore, MD 21216. The open house will include a presentation, a Q&A, a student writing assessment, and sign up for an interview at a later date. This year, we are recruiting a 125 student 9th grade class.

If you have additional questions, please register to attend one of the school’s upcoming admissions open houses. Or, contact Jenna Kadota, our Admissions Manager, at