Class of 2017
College and Career News
Summer Opportunities are here!
The American Legion Boys State & The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State
Attendance is free for selected students thanks to a generous scholarship from the American Legion. Links to both applications can be found below. Applications must be submitted by March 1 at the latest. Please let me know if you plan to apply.mailto:email@example.com
Hoosier Boys state is June 12 - 18 on the campus of Trine University.
Hoosier Girls State is June 19 - 25, 2016 on the campus of Trine University.
Balfour Summer Scholars
IU is accepting applications for the Balfour Pre-College Academy. Balfour is a residential camp that is free for selected students. Students will stay on the IU campus from July 10 - July 16.
During their time on campus, students will have fun, learn how to study, manage finances, choose an academic major, and evaluate career options that match their interests and abilities.
Program components include the following.
- Attending sample classroom lectures
- Hearing from current college students
- Attending admission and informational sessions
- Housing and dining in the Indiana University Bloomington residence halls
- Preparing a personal plan to guide your college decision
- Co-Curricular activities
More information can be found at the following link.
Dr. Christina Wright Fields, the director of Balfour Scholars will be at Ben Davis next Friday, February 19 to provide additional information to interested students. To receive a pass to attend the presentation, please complete the form found below.
Its time to Register for the SAT and the ACT!
It is crucial that students take both the ACT and SAT in their junior year. A score from either of these tests is required to be admitted to virtually all four year colleges. Most colleges will use only your best score from either test when making admission decisions. Some students will perform better on one test or the other. Taking both is the only way to know on which test you will excel. Testing during your junior year allows time to repeat your best test at least once by the fall of your senior year. Research shows this to be the best way to earn your highest possible score.
Registration for both the ACT and the SAT is online.
Registration for both the SAT and the ACT is online. Be sure to register for the reasoning test.
- Free or reduced lunch
- 21st Century Scholar
- Family receives public assistance
- Ward of the State
- If there you have an extenuating circumstance not included in this list, please see either your counselor or Mrs. Coyne.
**IMPORTANT*** The testing companies have established strict guidelines for the use of fee waivers. Students can receive one fee waiver for the SAT and ACT during their junior year and one fee waiver for the SAT and ACT during their senior year. Once you have registered for a test using a fee waiver, you must either take the test or reschedule by the deadline. If you cancel or do not show to the testing site, you have lost your waiver!
For the best possible score, students should register for both test in the spring of their junior year. Plan to prepare for and repeat the test on which the student scored highest.
How to Prepare?
The best way to prepare for both the SAT and ACT is to take and work hard in rigorous classes. Free test prep is available through act.org and collegeboard.com (Khan Academy).
When students receive their PSAT score reports in their February homeroom, they follow the instructions to link to free and individualized prep from the Khan Academy. It is important to remember that the goal of test prep is to become more familiar with the tests and their content. The majority of the knowledge necessary to do well on both the SAT and the ACT is obtained primarily in your academic classes. Our best test prep advice is to take rigorous classes and work hard once you are in them.
Class of 2017 College Planning Seminar
Wednesday, March 16th, 6:30pm
1200 North Girls School Road
Please join the Ben Davis College Admission Coordinator in the Auditorium on March 16 at 6:30 for an overview of the college application process.
The agenda for the evening will include;
SAT & ACT - registration, scoring, preparation
Where to apply - finding the right fit
When & how to apply
How to request letters of recommendation & transcripts
How parents can help their students through the process
How to access and use Naviance
Volunteers will be available in the media center before and after the meeting to help 21st Century Scholars create and update their Scholar Track accounts.
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Requirements for 21st Century Scholars in the Class of 2017
Some of the requirements include the following.
- 2.5 Cumulative GPA after 8 semesters
- Core 40 diploma or higher
- Scholar Success Program
- Financial Means Testing
Need to set up your Scholar Track account? Here are the instructions.
Ben Davis High School Student Services
Sherman Woodard, Director
Anna Coyne, College Admission Coordinator
Mike Horning, Counselor
Andrea Norcross, Counselor
Jamika Jones, Counselor
Chelsea Zimmerman, Counselor
Susan Williams, Counselor
Brian Abney, Counselor
Sonya Hicks, Counselor