Class of 2017 Scheduling

Ben Davis High School 1/15/2016

A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish

Scheduling Overview for the Class of 2017

The Ben Davis High School Student Services department is excited to begin working with the Class of 2017 to plan their senior year of high school. Course selection is a critical component in post secondary success. Ben Davis High School offers a multitude of pathways for our students and we want to ensure that all students are aware of their options.

Counselors will be working with juniors through their English classes during the week of January 19. Classroom time will be spent exploring course options for the 2016-2017 school year. Topics to be discussed will include; a review of the curriculum handbook, diploma options and requirements, initial selection of elective courses, and important information about the SAT, ACT, and 21st Century Scholars.

Each student in the Class of 2017 will have the opportunity to meet with their counselor individually. These meetings will take place through students' English classes from January 25 - February 5. Course selections will be mailed home in early April. Students and families are strongly encouraged to submit change requests by April 29. Course availability is not guaranteed after this date.

Class of 2017 Scheduling Presentation

This link will take you to the classroom presentation.

Click here to access the 2016-2017 Curriculum Handbook

The curriculum handbook is designed to help students and families understand the options available to students at Ben Davis High School and our guidelines and procedures.

Click here to access the Ben Davis Naviance site.

Naviance has a vast array of resources to help students find and access their postsecondary path. Student log in is your nine digit student id (9XXXXXXXX). Your password is your birthday (3/1/1998).

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.

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Click here for a comparison of the New SAT & ACT

The new SAT will be offered for the first time on the March 5 test date.

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!

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.

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.

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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

Summer Opportunities are here!

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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. Attendance is free for selected students thanks to a generous scholarship from the American Legion.
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Click here for Hoosier Boys State info and application

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

Click here for Hoosier Girls State info and application

Hoosier Girls State is June 19 - 25, 2016 on the campus of Trine University.

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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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