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Congratulations to BDU for being named a 2012-13 4-Star school!
Jane Huckler VU Learning Coach

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced Indiana's 4 Star schools for the 2012-13 school year on April 15. In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in three ISTEP-based categories. A total of 311 schools received the award throughout the state.

Superintendent Ritz congratulated these schools on April 15. "I am honored to name these schools as our Four Star Schools for this year," said Ritz. "Winning this award required excellent work by teachers, administrators, students and parents throughout the year and on behalf of the entire Indiana Department of Education I send them my sincere congratulations." View press release.pdf

BDU is Starting a New Tradition With Graduation

Ben Davis University High School is starting a new tradition! On Saturday, June 7th our BDU Scholars will participate in their first graduation at the BDHS Auditorium and plans are well underway to make this a special day for the graduates and their families! A huge thank you to Sandi Squire for allowing us to use their facility and Matt Clodfelter for helping us with the planning for this event. Also a big thank you to Steve Samuel for allowing us to use the Ninth Grade Center cafeteria for a our Senior Breakfast and Graduating Class Photo prior to the graduation ceremony so they can return to where it all began.

Congratulations to Casey Showalter, Indiana Academic All-Star
Indiana All-Star

Valedictorian Casey Showalter was honored as a Regional Academic All-Star! Casey was 1 of 90 students recognized in the entire state for her outstanding academic achievements as well as her community service and school involvement. She is an amazing young lady who is graduating this year with Core 40 Diploma with Academic and Technical Honors as well as an Associates Degree with an emphasis in Health Careers. Casey plans on attending Anderson University in the fall where she will graduate in three years with an RN-BSN in Nursing.

Dedicated ENL Scholars
Enl Scholar

One of our dedicated ENL Scholars Humberto Medina attended a week long opportunity to earn some authentic experience in the medical field! Humberto traveled to Washington DC and participated in The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists and among many things he was able to observe an actual surgery take place! Humberto is pictured with one of our inspiring BDU teachers Mrs. EJ Jzar. He is majoring in Health Careers at BDU and plans to pursue a career as Doctor in Obstetrics and Gynecology upon graduation.

Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books

Our Battle of the Books Team under the coaching of our current Media Specialist Crista Carlino and Permanent Building Sub, who also happens to be a certified English Teacher, Andrew East traveled to BDHS and participated in the Battle of the Books competition! Here they are pictured enjoying a breakfast celebration to recognize their hard work and preparation for the competition during our club time.

Ben Davis University High School is a small, focused high school program where students can earn a Core 40 high school diploma while also earning college credits toward an Associate Degree from Vincennes University through dual credit opportunities. The program will include internships with business partners, project based learning, and inquiry learning. The program design is sometimes referred to as an early college high school.

What Makes BDU So Special? Amos Brown, radio talk show host visited BDU and interviewed administration, parents, staff, current and alumni students on what makes BDU so special. View photos taken from his interviews.

Whats New at Ben Davis University?

Whats new
Students at Ben Davis University High School work on a page layout design for the school yearbook.

March You Make
A Difference Winner

YMAD Winner
Mrs Jillian Markus

BDU's 3rd Annual Speed Interviews

Significant Components of BDUHS

  • Small, personalized school environment promoting the inclusion and belonging of all students
  • Advisory program designed to promote strong student-teacher relationships as well as provide academic, social, and behavioral support for students as they are enrolled in rigorous courses
  • Dual credit courses for all students in one of four majors
  • Frequent, detailed communication with students and their parents
  • Teachers/instructors who meet Vincennes University’s faculty criteria
  • Free college tuition for students, provided by the school district at a reduced rate as negotiated with Vincennes University
  • Daily schedule which includes additional study and resource time for all students
  • Daily schedule which includes collaboration time for staff
  • Utilization of technology, 21st century skills, and project based learning
  • Student internships in grades 11 and 12
  • Peer tutoring and study tables available after school Monday through Thursday
  • Student application process which requires attainment of 11 or more credits in grade 9, minimum grade point average of 2.2, and demonstrated motivation and commitment; many students are also first generation college

Degree Program Options:
  • Associates of General Studies Degree - Liberal Arts
  • Associates of General Studies Degree - Business Management
  • Associates of General Studies Degree - Information Technology
  • Associates of General Studies Degree - Health Careers