Class of 2017

College and Career News

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Summer Opportunities are here!

The American Legion Boys State & The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State

Hoosier Girls and Boys state are both fantastic opportunities for students to spend a week on a college campus having fun, and learning important leadership and communication skills. Many notable Hoosier leaders attended this prestigious program during the summer after their Junior year in high school. Famous alumni include; Frank O'Bannon, Jane Pauley, Birch Bayh, Richard Lugar, Mayor Hogsett, and many more!

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

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Hoosier Boys State information and application

Hoosier Boys state is June 12 - 18 on the campus of Trine University.

Hoosier Girls State information and application

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.

Balfour Scholars Program Featured on Inside Indiana Business

Meet Kelley

Meet Kelley is a pre-college summer program offered through the IU Kelley School of Business. Selected students will live on the campus of Indiana University while learning more about careers in business and making new connections. Transportation to Bloomington is the only cost incurred by participants. For more information or to apply, go to
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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.

Click here for a link to the ACT Registration website

Registration for both the ACT and the SAT is online.

Click here for a link to the SAT registration webstite

Registration for both the SAT and the ACT is online. Be sure to register for the reasoning test.

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Fee Waivers

Both tests are expensive. Fee waivers are available to help qualified students. Students can obtain a fee waiver in the Student Services office or from the Student Services help Desk in the Cafeteria. If you meet any of the following criteria you will qualify for a fee waiver.

  1. Free or reduced lunch
  2. 21st Century Scholar
  3. Avid
  4. Family receives public assistance
  5. Homeless
  6. Ward of the State
  7. 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!

Click here for a comparison of the SAT & ACT

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 and (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.

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Class of 2017 College Planning Seminar

Wednesday, March 16th, 6:30pm

1200 North Girls School Road

Indianapolis, IN

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.

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Requirements for 21st Century Scholars in the Class of 2017

Beginning with the Class of 2017, enrolled 21st Century Scholars are required to create a Scholar Track account where they will complete Scholar Success program activities. This link will take you to more information about the specific requirements for 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.

21st Century Scholars: ScholarTrack Orientation

Ben Davis High School Student Services

Rodney Smith, Associate Principal

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