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Gates Millennium Scholarship Awarded to BDU Student

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BDU senior, Mahussi Fagnon, has been awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship.   Mahussi is the second BDU student to be awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship. She is not only earning her associates degree in  health careers along with her academic honors high school diploma this year, she is also graduating as our class salutatorian and cum laude from Vincennes University AND she has perfect attendance!  She plans to continue her post-secondary education at IUPUI earning her undergrad in Biology and moving on eventually to medical school.  We couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments!

BDU Featured in Chalkbeat Indiana

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During spring break BDU was featured in a popular educational column Chalkbeat recognizing the amazing opportunities we provide our students in our Early College setting! You can view the story on Chalkbeat Indiana here.



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BDU Recognized As Promising Practice School

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Ben Davis University High School was recognized in the first group of Promising Practice schools in the state!  To celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial, the Indiana Department of Education will recognize 200 promising practices from schools from all over the state to commemorate our 200 years of Statehood. These schools exhibit the use of promising practices that foster equity and high quality systems. By highlighting these practices, an opportunity for educators to network with one another will be created by allowing educators to learn about best practices that are taking place throughout our state while connecting with the schools in which these practices are occurring.  Watch a news clip here and view the congratulatory letter here.

BDU Represented at Lugar Symposium

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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.

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.