Palma Maya-Johnson Started College Early
November 30, 2020 - It's not every day that students start college early, but this
Madison, WI resident is no ordinary student. This year, Palma Maya-Johnson joined the
fall 2020 class at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts,
the nation's first early college. Simon's Rock successfully created a safe, socially
distanced learning environment this semester, with primarily inperson classes as well
as hybrid and remote offerings.

Maya-Johnson's academic and personal achievements stood out, securing Palma a
spot at Simon's Rock this fall. The college is home to about 400 students who engage
in a rigorous liberal arts and sciences curriculum and graduate from college one or two
years ahead of their peers.

Bard College at Simon's Rock, founded in 1966 and nestled in the bucolic Berkshires,
is the only college in the country specifically designed for highly motivated students
ready to enter college early, usually after the 10th or 11th grade. Simon's Rock offers a
challenging program in the liberal arts and sciences, taught in small seminars by
supportive, highly-trained faculty. The Princeton Review's Best 382 Colleges rates
academics at Simon's Rock higher than Harvard
Palma Maya-Johnson