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Is my child ready for early college at Simon's Rock?
Our experience has been that the decision to apply to Simon’s Rock is best made after a serious discussion between the applicant and his or her family. Our application asks for a parent or guardian’s perspective on an applicant’s readiness because we value your insights, particularly into your child’s social and emotional preparedness for living more independently.
Your child may, in fact, be ready for college a year or two earlier than some of his or her peers. We have found that students who are intellectually curious, independently motivated and who possess the capacity for developing mentor relationships with adults thrive at Simon’s Rock. Simon’s Rock students are young people who are anxious to take on greater academic challenge, excited to find peers who love learning as much as they do, and able to utilize the resources available to them.
In some cases, an applicant may not be ready for early college at Simon’s Rock. We have worked with students who decide that a more traditional path to college is the best option for them. We have worked with others who are a great fit for Simon’s Rock, but who are best served by taking an extra semester or year to develop the social and academic groundwork that will enable them to succeed at Simon’s Rock. The application process at Simon’s Rock is just that – a process, and it’s one that necessitates communication between the applicant and his or her family, and an honest assessment of an individual’s academic and social preparedness for college.
How does Simon’s Rock serve a younger student population?
Bard College at Simon's Rock is a college, and students will most likely find a greater amount of freedom here than at home or at a boarding school. That said, Simon’s Rock is an early college, and the developmental needs of our younger college population are taken into account. There is a greater adult presence here than at colleges that serve traditionally aged students. We engage students in a holistic way and take their growth – academic, personal, social and emotional – seriously. Residence Directors, advisors, dedicated faculty, a counseling staff and members of our Win Resource Commons provide extensive support to students as they navigate the transition to college and adulthood.
What support services are available to students?
The Win Student Resource Commons offers a wide range of resources and services including tutoring in writing and quantitative studies; secure adaptive technologies and services; internship search assistance; information about study abroad programs and transfer options; and career advisement. Our Dean of New Students and our advising program (first-year students meet individually with their advisors every week) help students navigate the transition between high school and college. Residence Directors, peer advocates and counselors provide support outside the academic sphere and, along with our security staff, are accessible 24/7.
What is the A.A. program like? The B.A. program? What is the transfer process like?
Bard College at Simon's Rock is a four-year liberal arts college, which grants Associate’s degrees and Bachelor’s degrees. About half of our students opt to Moderate into the Upper College to pursue a B.A. at Simon’s Rock, and half choose to transfer to other institutions as juniors. In their sophomore year, students meet with their advisors and members of the Win Resource Commons staff to reflect on their A.A. experience and create a plan for their B.A.
For more information about the A.A. and B.A. programs at Bard College at Simon's Rock, please visit the Academic FAQ page. You will find information about the decision to transfer and the transfer process on the Transfer FAQ page.
What is the academic schedule like?
Classes at Simon’s Rock typically begin in late August and are preceded by Orientation and Writing and Thinking Workshop for new students. The school year is divided into two semesters of course work with a winter break lasting roughly a month each December/January. There are two week-long breaks each semester, or every five weeks, that enable students to return home to family and friends. You can view this year’s calendar as a PDF on our website.