Bard Early College New Orleans is a selective program in partnership with New Orleans public schools. Interested students of our partner high schools submit an application and participate in a multi-stepped admissions process. Depending on the program a student is applying to, these steps may include campus visits, one-on-one interviews, teacher recommendations, writing samples and academic audition classes. 

Our academic audition classes, planned and led by BECNO faculty, are designed to give students a chance to participate in a BECNO class as they weigh their academic options for the following year. The BECNO admissions team also considers high school data such as GPA and attendance when making admissions decisions. We seek to admit applicants from a wide range of backgrounds who demonstrate curiosity, responsibility and a love of learning.

Currently, Bard Early College New Orleans holds partnerships with the following high schools:

Last Updated September 2022

  • Booker T Washington High School – Degree-Granting Program
  • GW Carver High School – Traditional Program
  • Frederick Douglass High School – Degree-Granting Program 
  • John F Kennedy High School – Degree-Granting Program
  • Livingston College Academy – Traditional Program 
  • Rooted School – Traditional Program
  • Rosenwald Collegiate Academy – Traditional Program

BECNO has staff contacts at each of our partner high schools. Unsure who to contact at your or your students high school about Bard Early College? Please contact Dean of Students Candace Colbert at [email protected] or call our office at 504-439-0122. 

Are you a staff/faculty member of a high school interested in learning more about a potential partnership? Please contact Dean of Students Candace Colbert at [email protected]

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