At Bard Academy, you’ll have the unmistakable feeling that you’ve found where you belong.
You'll share a residential campus with uncommonly interesting people your own age—people who want to talk about the things you want to talk about, who share a love of learning and discovery. As a close-knit group, Academy students enjoy the lively activity of a college campus, from sports teams and school clubs to lectures and performances from scholars and artists.
Academy students live in a dedicated residence hall. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the campus dining hall, which offers a variety of options for all diets. During the day, you’ll be able to relax and study in the Student Union or on the campus lawns. In the evenings, you’ll return to your own lounges, study spaces, and rooms. Additionally, organized evening study sessions offer students a chance to collaborate, meet with tutors, and to read and write in a focused and uninterrupted setting.
Bard Academy students come from different places, bringing with them a diversity of experiences and interests. One thing that is shared in common is a shared passion for knowledge and ideas. You will study together in state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities and share in opportunities to learn about literature, science, history, math, and art in an integrated, interdisciplinary, and critical way.
Western Massachusetts has always attracted great innovators and iconoclastic thinkers. The Berkshires and surrounding area have been the setting for writers, activists, artists, and intellectuals come to change our culture.
This is where Sojourner Truth fought for women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. It was the home of the great African American scholar and intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois. Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick here, right near where his friend Nathaniel Hawthorne penned masterpieces of his own. It’s where Emily Dickinson wrote and Sylvia Plath studied.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra spends its summers here performing great works at Tanglewood. It’s where visionary musicians like saxophonist and composer Archie Shepp have made enduring and challenging work, and it’s been home to influential, avant-garde bands like Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, and Sonic Youth.
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), with an ongoing series of world-class exhibits by cutting-edge artists, is nearby and so is the Clark Art Institute with their singular collection of Impressionist and 19th Century American paintings. The Jacob’s Pillow dance center — where Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, and Mark Morris all studied — is just a short distance away.
Bard Academy could be the place where you start to make an impact of your own.