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BDU Amazing Start to School Year!

Academic All- Star BDU had an amazing start to the school year!  Our Back to School Night was very well attended and included back to back sessions led by our amazing counselors on the new parent portal in Naviance which were packed and full of great questions!  

Our VU Academic Dean Dr. Nicole Shankle was also on hand to answer questions for parents on X-Mester, Credit Transfer, and more.  Speaking of X-Mester, BDU had 132 of our juniors participate in X-Mester again this year!  This year the students attend the first week on the BDU campus and also merged into some activities in our sophomore Summer Bridging Program.  

During X-Mester students take a 2-3 credit hour course in their specific area by major and complete the first half at BDU supervised by VU Fellows that largely consist of BDU Alumni and graduate students.  During the second week the juniors travel down to the VU Campus for the residential component of the program and experience several aspects of college life such as living in a dorm and roommate selection.  During the 2nd session the students took their course work on campus with their professors and participated in a variety of campus activities.  We are proud to say that all of our juniors earned credit in their dual-credit courses this year!

Chrome Book Collaboration Stations

A big thchromeboxank you to Pete Just for his work to update BDU's former computer lab spaces with Chrome box Collaboration Stations!  With the new configuration, students use their one-on-one devices in these spaces to collaborate on group assignments and projects using their chromebooks and the chrome box with a large monitor during their group work.  Here the BDU Climate Committee meets and works together on a common document of their annual responsibilities and activities.

Gold Club Kickoff

clubBDU kicked off it's Gold Club Day with style!  Students worked out under the supervision of BDU's Head Custodian Jah Blamo in the Weight Room Club, developed collaboration and leadership skills with Guidance Counselor Flora Jones's Student Ambassadors Club, planned out community involvement projects under the guidance of Geometry/Algebra II Teacher Crystal Collier's Art Club, planned future work on a quadcopter hydroplaning drone in Chemistry/ICP Teacher Carl Stilwell's Science Club, learned about the opportunities highlighting student events during Media Specialist Crista Carlino's U-TV Club, and applied for valuable scholarship opportunities in Guidance Counselor Elise Martinelli's Scholarship Club just to name a few. 

BDU Book Club

BDU Book ClubOur BDU Book Club met for club time this week and began preparing themselves to fight for the challenge of being named #1 at the Battle of the Books competition this year with the help of our fabulous media specialist and sponsor Crista Carlino.  Crista is also the sponsor for our U-TV News Crew and look how sharp they are dressed in their BDU Spirit Wear!


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.


April You Make
A Difference Winner

YMAD Winner
Ms. Candice Woods

What's New at Ben Davis University?

What's New BDU welcomes our new teachers for the 2015-2016 school year. Pictured are (left to right): Principal Rebecca Daugherty, Brianne Wins

Significant Components of BDU

  • 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