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Bard Early College in New Orleans

  • Bard Early College in New Orleans
  • 3820 St. Claude Avenue
  • New Orleans, LA 70117
  • 504-439-0122
  • Ana Maria Caldwell
  • Executive Director
  • 504-439-0122

Program Description

Bard Early College in New Orleans is founded in the belief that the opportunities for critical inquiry offered by the best colleges in the country should be available to younger students who have the ambition to learn and the curiosity to engage difficult questions. Bard Early College offers 11th and 12th graders a unique opportunity to spend the second half of every school day as undergraduates of Bard College, completing the first year of a Bard education during the last two years of high school. BECNO runs two half-day college campuses in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education, enrolling over 100 students from public high schools across New Orleans. BECNO campuses are among the most rigorous and inclusive early colleges in the country.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 100
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Bard College
  • Emory University
  • Howard University
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • Tulane University of Louisiana
  • University of Notre Dame