BDU News and Events
School Board and Cabinet Visits BDU
BDU Scholars and Staff hosted the School Board and Cabinet for our annual Board Tour. Our U-Cafe' Student Workers under the direction of our Internship Coordinator Al Coleman did an exceptional job preparing a delicious breakfast and we shared our exciting news regarding our current internship numbers which have increased over the last year from just 4 students first semester to a total of 26 students placed in off and on-site internships this semester!
Ms. Jones "No Bully Crew!" also shared a portion of their Bullying Presentation during the visit that will be delivered to all of our elementary schools and their performance was outstanding.
A big thank you to the Board and Cabinet for taking time out of their busy days to see and hear about the amazing accomplishments of our BDU Scholars!
BDU Recognized as One of the Best Public High Schools in Indiana by 2015 Niche Rankings
Ben Davis University High School was recognized recently in the 2015 Niche Rankings as one of the best public high schools in the state of Indiana based on key statistics as well as polled opinions by students and parents. BDU was ranked 12th among 100 public high schools. Our recognition is just another reflection of the amazing work that all Wayne Township Schools do with our students to ensure their academic success! See the full ranking and details. Administrators are teachers too!
As pictured here, our new Assistant Principal and former NGC Math Teacher David Sekula leads Algebra ECA Remediation to our December re-testers with the assistance of our Vincennes University Math Tutor Deborah Beuthin who is a retired teacher from Brownsburg Schools.
BDU College Readiness!
BDU teachers were very engaged this week in the continuation of our book study on "Learning in the Fast Lane - 8 Ways to Put All Students on the Road to Academic Success" through a presentation on Chapter 2 - Standards Walls: Transforming Standards into Clear Learning Goals." During the month of December the teachers will apply this new learning to our action research portion of the book study by using one of the four strategies shared to infuse in to their instruction and guided practice for students as they review for final exams.
Here are some BDU College Readiness Facts!
- 94% of our seniors participated in the ASVAB testing and 95% of our sophomores and juniors participated in our PSAT testing.
- 97% of the BDU Scholars have applied to college and are planning intently for their plans after graduation.
- Over 50% of our seniors have completed their 21st Century Scholar Affirmation and are on track to receive this scholarship upon entering college after graduation.
- This past week we had 13 of our Hispanic students that attended the Indiana Latino Institutes's Educational Summit at the Sheridan Downtown to participate in college readiness preparation and skill building workshop and college fair.
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?
BDU teacher Scott Killion helps this student prepare for the PSAT exam.
December You Make
A Difference Winner
Mrs. Crista Carlino
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