BDU News and Events
Vincennes Commencement Ceremony!
Thirty-three of our BDU Scholars participated in the Vincennes Commencement Ceremony! We were very excited to drive down a group of students who also had their families present to celebrate.
One of our graduates had the honor of celebrating her graduation ceremony with her grandfather who also graduated from Vincennes that day! She and the rest of our Early College graduates were honored specifically by President Helton during the ceremony.
Junior Business Luncheon Success!
BDU Junior Advisory students participated in the Junior Business Luncheon last week and former Principal of over half of the students Dan Wilson from Lynhurst was the greeted enthusiastically by the students and served as our keynote speaker for the event.
The luncheon also highlighted the amazing vocal talents of BDU science teacher Robbie Foote who is also the BDU Teacher of the Year who was accompanied on piano by BDU music adjunct professor Paul Johnson. Senior Savannah Scoggins provided dinner music on the piano during the event as well. The Junior Business Luncheon serves as a culminating event of the junior's authentic learning experiences on professional business skills, resume building, interviewing skills, and etiquette.
A huge thank you to Dan Wilson and all of the Cabinet, Board, and Wayne Township staff members who attended!
BDU Hosts Future Scholars from Bridgeport Elementary!
BDU hosted all of the Bridgeport Elementary 6th graders this past week!
Flora Jones and our Recruitment Committee put together an interactive day full of unique BDU experiences for our future University Scholars who started off the day by putting on their "Future BDU Scholar" shirt before learning all about the awesome opportunities at BDU! At the end of the day when asked who was going to come to BDU some day, over three fourths of the students eagerly raised their hands! #getthewordout
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Eco-Club Accomplishments!
Our Keep Indianapolis Beautiful & Eco-Club did some great work on a community service day prepping our gardens which were created on a former KIB grant and began building a garden shed funded by a current grant for $2000 awarded to both BDU and WTP from Whole Foods. As part of their work they turned one of their garden boxes into a Zen garden.
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.
Teacher of the Year
Mr. Robbie Foote
April You Make
A Difference Winner
Ms. Candice Woods
Whats New at Ben Davis University?
This student participates in her senior audit. BDU senior audits are held each spring to ensure that all students are aware of their graduation status and are taking steps to plan for their life after high school.
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