Ben Davis University High School, in MSD Wayne Township, offers an early college program. As reported in Chalkbeat.org the program at Ben Davis is designed to attract students who might not take advantage of AP classes. It helps give students a leg up on college by offering a program from which they graduate with a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree.
As the cost of higher education continues to soar, a program like that offered at Ben Davis University High School can help remove some of the economic obstacles. Ben Davis touts a 100% graduation rate, with 87% of the students finishing with an Associate’s degree.
Ben Davis UHS website describes their program in greater detail, including the fact that the school offers:
- 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
Indiana’s urban schools offer Hoosier students a rich array of programs, services, and opportunities. IUSA appreciates the opportunity to share the stories that demonstrate what the schools have to offer and the many successes their students, faculty and staff achieve.