BDUHS News and EventsCongratulations to BDU for being named a 4-Star school!
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced Indiana's 4 Star schools for the 2012-13 school year last spring. 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
Kevin Rader from Channel 13 visited BDU and recorded some footage of one of our BDU Scholars Olivia Canady who read a poem written by Maya Angelou as a tribute to her passing on Wednesday. Her segment was aired during the 6:00 news along with four other high school students from surrounding schools. Olivia had a chance to speak to Kevin who was so impressed by her achievement of earning an Associates Degree while still in high school! Olivia shared with him that she is going to Alabama A & M in the fall to major in Political Science with a career goal of becoming a Lawyer and eventually a Judge! She is just one of our many amazing BDU Scholars!
Shozaf Zaidi was honored as a guest speaker for the Lynhurst Honor Society Induction ceremony. He shared some of his experiences at BDU with the students as well as some words of wisdom from a soon to be graduating senior! Shozaf will be attending IUPUI in the fall and majoring in Electrical Engineering with the eventual goal of going on to medical school to become a future Neurosurgeon! He is the 3rd Zaidi to attend BDU and his sister will be coming in as a sophomore next year!
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.
We had one of our teachers Will Sibley honored as well as two of his students Samantha Creech and Christian Harris at a School Board meeting. Carl Sisk, a World War II Veteran, donated many of his personal items that Mr. Sibley then incorporated into a PBL project which truly gave the students an authentic learning experience in their US History class.
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?
A current senior listens as BDUHS graduate and current Indiana State University student shares information about her experience as a freshman at ISU during Senior Advisory.
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Vincennes University Commencement Ceremony!
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