BART is committed to preparing every student for college.
To date, 100% of BART graduates have been accepted into college. Click here for a list of colleges that have accepted our students.
College-Focused School Culture
Throughout the school, students in grades 6 through 12 know that their purpose is to study hard to prepare for college. Students learn about college in their collegiate skills and academic classes, weekly morning meetings and field trips to colleges. Banners, bulletin boards and college “dress up” days remind students that college is their next step after graduation.
College Information Sessions
BART’s college and internship counselors arrange for college representatives to speak with all BART high school students about their programs. They also arrange field trips for BART students to college campuses, with each middle school grade visiting at least one college campus per year, and each high school grade visiting at least 4. BART hosts various college information events in the evenings for families, including tutorials in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and signing up for a 529 college savings plan.
Nothing will prepare students better for college than experiencing a college course. All seniors are required to pass a college course – on a college campus – before graduating. Some seniors choose to take multiple courses, earning free credits towards a college diploma. Juniors, if ready, also take courses on college campuses. BART students have completed courses at Williams College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Berkshire Community College.
BART seniors meet daily with the college and internship placement counselor. They receive guidance and support for the college application process and, in fact, are required to be accepted into college before graduating from BART.
College Entrance Exams
All sophomores and juniors are required to take the PSAT and all juniors and seniors are required to take the SAT or ACT. BART provides tutoring support for the SAT and helps low-income families apply for fee waivers.