GREAT BARRINGTON – Bard College at Simon’s Rock will offer high school students the opportunity to take undergraduate courses at no cost over the next school year, in partnership with the Southern Berkshire Regional School District.
Students at Mount Everett Regional High School will take courses at Simon’s Rock and receive college credit as part of an initiative supported by a grant from the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Simon’s Rock piloted the program during the 2019-2020 school year, before the coronavirus pandemic put the program on hiatus. The program resumed this summer, with the addition of the Monument Mountain Regional High School in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District. About 35 students from both schools participated in the program, Simon’s Rock said in a press release Tuesday.
The college “continues to explore opportunities for expansion with the Berkshire Hills Regional School District,” the statement said.
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“Our hope is that this program will help remove barriers to accessing college courses while providing new educational opportunities for our motivated and enthusiastic local public school students,” said Simon’s Rock Provost and Vice President John B Weinstein in the press release.
Mount Everett students in the program take the same introductory courses as full-time Simon’s Rock students, with the same college and university standards, according to the release.
South Berkshire Regional School District Superintendent Beth Regulbuto said in the statement the partnership is “a way for us to ease the burden of future education costs for families, to increase student confidence. in the pursuit of higher education courses and to give an overview of the areas in which our students think they will be of interest to them.
Interested students are encouraged to contact Ken Knox at firstname.lastname@example.org.