Bard College Launches New Early College in Partnership with Harlem Children’s Zone


Bard College is pleased to announce the opening of its newest early college campus: the Bard Early College at the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) Promise Academy. This early college program, created through a partnership between Bard College and the Harlem Children’s Zone, will provide high school students in the HCZ Promise Academy charter schools the opportunity to take undergraduate seminars taught by college professors and to earn up to a year of tuition-free Bard College credits concurrently with a high school diploma.

The program is modeled after the other Bard Early Colleges in New York City, Newark, NJ, and New Orleans, LA. The Bard Early College at the HCZ Promise Academy, directed by Dr. Kristy McMorris, currently enrolls 46 students. Dr. McMorris holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Comparative Literature and taught at Bard High School Early College Queens from the fall of 2009 through the spring of 2013. For more information, visit

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