Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College
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Meet Our Academy Students

What do Bard Academy students have to say about their friends, professors, studies, and life at Simon’s Rock?

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To find out, we talked to some of our students and listened to their stories. Their interests are as far-ranging as their unique backgrounds and personalities.

At Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock, students expand their intellectual curiosity with every class discussion—and this spirit of discovery and community extends far beyond the classroom.


Gigi Jenko

“What really shocked me…was how much everyone was expected to speak.”

Gigi JAnko


Dakota Paul ’16

“from day one... students were taken seriously as scholars.”

Dakota Paul



Julian Matthews

“There are so many different types of people here.”

Julian Matthews


Kate Narain

“…we all just feel connected to each other in some way.”

Kate Narain


Ajara Jagne, student at Bard Academy

“I didn’t believe it… ‘Really? College after 10th grade?’…I was intrigued.”

Ajara Jagne


Rifah Tasnim

“We actually had debates over math in math class.”

Rifah Tasnim