BDU News and Events
BDU Represented at Lugar Symposium
Junior scholars Anna Pool, Devonne Baker, and Dasha Wimberly represented BDU this at the 39th Annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow's Leaders held at the University of Indianapolis. They not only had an opportunity to hear from Senator Lugar, but also attended breakout sessions to hear about current news and events. Attending the event also provides them the eligibility to apply next year to be considered for a 13,000 college scholarship to UIndy.
Success Stories Shared at IU Riley Hospital
BDU Scholars Nabil Bensalah, Senior Liberal Arts major and Rosa Ramos Ochoa Senior Health Careers major had an amazing authentic experience at IU Riley Hospital as the staff celebrated Diversity Week and MLK Jr. Day by serving as an audience for the students who shared their story of success. Also attending the event which started with Pediatric Grand Rounds at the hospital was M. Teresa Bear who is the author of a free publication by the Indiana Historical Society called Indianapolis: A city of Immigrants.
BDU National Honor Society
National Honor Society members meet each month. They form committees and discuss various projects. Recent committee discussions included final exam survival kits, Christmas gift basket raffle, bi-annual blood drive, and community service projects.
BDU Gives Back
BDU's pilot of the ECA English & Algebra online for re-testers was a huge success! Students had a Questar testing app installed on their Chromebooks which needed a hard shutdown in order to install. Instead of logging in their Chromebooks, students open the app directly with no login to take the assessment and use the supplied user name & password. Steps to make sure Chromebooks are charged and ready along with a back-up lab of desktops in case of any problems were other strategies used in our plan which was based on feedback from fellow districts who tested on devices last year. A big thank you goes out to Dave Sekula for all of his hard work on ensuring that our first attempt at Chromebook testing was a success!
Thank you to our Student Services department who coordinated a school-wide food collection led by our BDU Student Ambassadors for needy families for Thanksgiving. #bdugivesback
A big thank you to John Taylor and Dr. Butts who served as authentic audience members in Geometry teacher Lorene Sandifur's PBL by playing the role of a juror and "judging" the student's project!
BDU Instructors Go the Extra Mile
On Saturday, December 5th Ben Davis University High School hosted our first Business Professionals of America District Leadership Competition. We were super excited at the opportunity share our beautiful facilities with many of the surrounding school districts. Wendy France, a BDU business teacher, has taken on the role of BPA Advisor this year and has coordinated the event.
Dr. Jennifer Hill is one of our new Health Careers adjunct professors that has really done a wonderful job providing a broad background of information to our students on different health career options. Jennifer herself is an MD as is her husband who still practices, while she chooses to educate our youth in different programs. She has also gone out of her way to donate food to our Student Council Emergency Kit drive, coordinate speakers in different health career areas such as a speaker coming in next week from the Marion County Coroner's Office to speak on the area of forensics, and recently donated a much needed new microwave to our cafeteria for the students to use! Jennifer is definitely one of our most dedicated VU adjunct professors and we are very lucky to have her!
BDU's expert on technology instruction Robbie Foote led an amazing PD session this past week utilizing the resource "Plickers" as a tool for online surveys and formative assessment.
BDU Cultural Competency Committee
BDU's Cultural Competency Committee delivered another amazing professional development session on "Whose Looking at You and What Do They See?" After all, perceptions are so powerful they are reality for many!
BDU Students Deliver Project Based Learning
BDU teacher Lorene Sandifur had students delivering some amazing PBL's for an authentic audience filled with lawyers, cabinet members, teachers, and community members who served as a jury for judgment of the projects!
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
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.