"We are best known for multiple pathways to a diploma"
Students enrolled 3101
Hours 7:30 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
School leader Mrs Sandra Squire
Transportation options Yes
District M S D Wayne Township

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1200 North Girls School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46214

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(317) 244-7691
(317) 988-5506
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4 stars
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April 29, 2014
I love this school. My students are truly the highlight of my day. They are what make this school so great. The passion the teachers have for their craft is amazing. Ben Davis does a great job of making such a big school feel smaller. There are countless opportunities for students and staff. I'm proud to say I teach at Ben Davis.

- submitted by a teacher
April 29, 2014
Our school library is one of the best in the nation. We have resources that match the interest of all of our school community. Students can come and work on assignments, read a book or conduct research. This year our circulation increased by 2000 items. We have had many authors visits, and nine this year alone. They include: Sharon Draper, Neal Shusterman, Chris Crutcher, L. Divine, Michael Grant and Melody Carlson. This year we had: Jay Asher, Sam Bracken, Mike Mullin, Angela Johnson, Saundra Mitchell, Sharon Flake, Gene Yang, Eliot Schrefer and Jason Reynolds. The library sponsors student and staff literary trips. In the past students have traveled to Chicago to Printer's Row Book Fair and staff have traveled to New York to Book Expo America. These trips energizes participants toward using and reading books in the curriculum and for recreation. Our High School Battle of the Books team has won three years in a row. We are a reading community and our library makes reading come alive. Go Giants!

- submitted by a teacher
April 29, 2014
Our school library is one of the best in the nation. We have resources that match the interest of all of our school community. Students can come and work on assignments, read a book or conduct research. This year our circulation increased by 2000 items. We have had many authors visits, and nine this year alone. They include: Sharon Draper, Neal Shusterman, Chris Crutcher, L. Divine, Michael Grant and Melody Carlson. This year we had: Jay Asher, Sam Bracken, Mike Mullin, Angela Johnson, Saundra Mitchell, Sharon Flake, Gene Yang, Eliot Schrefer and Jason Reynolds. The library sponsors student and staff literary trips. In the past students have traveled to Chicago to Printer's Row Book Fair and staff have traveled to New York to Book Expo America. These trips energizes participants toward using and reading books in the curriculum and for recreation. Our High School Battle of the Books team has won three years in a row. We are a reading community and our library makes reading come alive. Go Giants!

- submitted by a teacher
December 16, 2013
Ben Davis High School may not be the very best school in the nation but it is very well known for its sports and its career center which allows other students from local schools such as Avon, Brownsburg, Speedway and more high schools to come and learn on our fasilities and stay in a safe and great acedemic enviornment. Ben Davis is very well known by an academic standpoint because I am currently a senior now and i am graduating in the top 20% of my class with a 3.5 GPA while the number one student in my glass is way above a 4.0. please keep in mind there are 1,018 kids in my class and i was able to push through with my dyslexia. I am also a Cheerleader and Show Choir member so i am very active in this school, if you stay active whether that is through academics or sports BEen Davis can be a great school for you. the Teachers will push you and it is false that they do not know how to teach, while some teaching styles are different then others there are many ways to help if you're struggling in a class. i am very proud to say that I soon going to be a Ben Davis Alum and i am very proud to say "WE ARE WAYNE!"

- submitted by a student
no rating July 30, 2012
Ben Davis offers many pathways to success! We are a school of champions as reflected in our many national and state titles. Students can and do find success here in multiple ways: through IB, AP, dual credit, AVID, Band, Speech, JROTC, Athletics and so much more!!

- submitted by a principal
July 29, 2012
these bad reviews are false, Ive went 2 Ben Davis and have nephews there. its an excellent school for academics. Also this behavior that is described carry's on in all schools. Ben Davis Is pretty large but not over populated. strict rules have always took affect at this school, which prevent students from breaking rules. A very nice school to attend and is one of the best schools in indy...I would recommend this school to any parent, the graduation rate is high unlike any ips school. After basically flunking all my classes both freshman & Sophomore year in IPS. I started this school was as a junior with 10 credits, and went on to graduate on time my senior year. There is no racial issues at this school at all, smh on some of the comments. If A child is willing to learn or succeed this school is a wise choice. Although its a bigger school, kids tend to show off and get in trouble trying to impress their fellow class mates which in the end would lead to expulsion. The school doesnt tolerate out of order behavior. Athletic program and Academic, and Career programs at this school are the best in INDPLS

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2011
Not the best school around. I am a transfer student so i only attend the school in the career center. But there is overcrowding. the school does not feel safe, i hear about fights almost everyday. there are gang related issues. The teachers can't control the class and everyone cusses out the teacher. They don't allow you to wear backpacks because of the fear of hiding weapons. You can't wear anything larger than a hoodie or you have to put it in your locker.

- submitted by a student
May 15, 2011
I would not suggest this school to anyone, I have had horrible experiences with every aspect of this school with 2 of my 3 children. With the experience of this school I am now looking for a private school for my last child. I am scared to send my child here everyday. I am looking forward to my childs last day at this school in 2 weeks. Nothing is positive from my personal experiences here. Sports, leadership, positive role modeling, communication, and safety of my child have been a huge terrible personal experience for me. These are my personal experiences not the same for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2010
BDHS is not a scary place. I have never felt scared that I will be injured or anything like that because the administration is SUPER strict (which can get annoying). Because it is so big it can afford to provide the students with better learning opportunities, like BDTV/WBDG(student TV & radio) and the career center. Excellent school, but the administration is so strict it becomes so annoying to do almost anything.

- submitted by a student
May 07, 2010
Ben Davis is a scary high school. The teachers can't teach because the kids don't allow them to get it done. There is racial tension, gang issues, and just too many people to provide a safe environment. If you can afford to send your child elsewhere, please do so.

- submitted by a student
May 07, 2010
The school is unfortunately just too big. The classes for the average student are too large and the teachers are unable to maintain discipline. But it doesn't matter, if you show up, you can pass without any effort. There is an air of dangerousness about the whole building, there is not much the adults can do to provide a safe school.

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May 06, 2010
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- submitted by a student
February 22, 2010
As a recent graduate (2009) the previous comments all hold some truth as well as misapprehensions.. Having transferred in 9th gr from a school of 150, the social scene was a change. However, as long as a student has a personal drive, there is no reason to not succeed. Sadly, there are 2 groups of students that receive the attention from staff: the good students and those not interested in their education. The average students tend to get lost in the crowd. This is a school that relies heavily on personal ambition. While many teachers are willing to be more personal with struggling students, the majority of the staff expect students to be ambitious and help themselves. At least 7 students have been admitted into Ivy League schools in the past 2 years, and I expect there to be many more. This a clear representation of the opportunities offered at BD.

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December 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 08, 2009
I am a graduate of ben davis high school (2008) and i am very satisfied of the education they have giving me. This is a very good school!

- submitted by a student
no rating March 08, 2009
I am a former student(2006) and Ben Davis is a great school for students that are trying to do something positive for themselves. Ben Davis is a school filled with opportunity and teachers willing to help you succeed. Yes, there can be drama, fights and other negative things that go on there, but its all a matter of choice. All of that can be avoided by the choice students make.

- submitted by a community member
December 16, 2008
coming from a smaller school district it was very hard to adjust and yes, it is crowded and you can get very easily be overlooked. My solution was to take all AP classes and what a difference it made. Classes all of sudden were small and the teachers had time to teach and not had to quiet down other students. For the last year I simply concentrated on studying hard taking hard classes ( ohh btw the teachers always have time to help there) and getting into a good college. I suppose you get out of high school what you put in it. Agreed BD is not an easy school but you can succeed and teachers are wonderful and if you have a chance take Honors and AP classes, much much better overall environment, but be prepared to study hard, it is not easy.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 09, 2008
i'm currently a junior at ben davis, and honestly, i am miserable there. i am, and i know too many other students that are as well. it's a nice building, but poor quality education. i feel like a walking ID number, and it's hard to get help in your classes. most of the time in class isn't being spent learning, but instead is being spent listening to the teacher try to calm down the rowdy students in class. there are fights almost daily, you can walk about two feet a minute because the hallways are so packed. ben davis is also a hard school to go to if you aren't a 'typical' teenager. it's a very cliquey environment, and it can be hard to make friends.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 03, 2008
I just moved to Mooresville High School from Ben Davis High School because of the violent, innapropriate, just horribly awful environment. I realize all high schools get this way, but Ben Davis was like a jail because of the way the staff treats the students. I felt more like a number than a valued student. It's also difficult to get extra help with such large class size. The teachers were great, but the students there are rough kids that make it hard for everyone else to learn. On top of that, all Ben Davis High School cares about is top-athletes and top-students. This school is just too into disipline and too over the top crowded. I couldn't even walk to my locker and back to my classes or walk to the bathroom without being late. On the plus side, making friends is very easy to do. Don't send your kids here.

- submitted by a student
September 02, 2008
i am a current student at ben davis i will agree that it is a nice facility but as far as everything ele i hate going here the administrators only take intrest in certain students and their is alot of favoritism. As far as the students its nothing but a bunch of drama and i cant wait to leave!!!!!!!!!!

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August 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2008
Ben Davis is just too big. If you aren't a top athlete or top student, well, you aren't that important. BD is all about winning the trophy or banner, but as far as your average student, well, we just aren't that important.

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December 20, 2007
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December 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
Ben Davis High School is a very awesome school. I was a student there last semester and I had everything going for me. There are great teachers and people there. I had a ton of friends. Many people would look at Ben Davis and say, ' Wow thats a big school. I will get lost.' Well the truth is you probably will get lost but sfter a couple of days you'll be able to find your way to any class room in the school. My personal favorite place in the whole school is the Le Gallery. Mr. Bishop or 'B' is a very awesome teacher and he makes a great friend. The Le Gallery has really good food prepared and served to you by the students of Ben Davis and a couple other schools. Thanks CJ

- submitted by a former student
April 14, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2006
This school provides an almost unending supply of vocational courses and extracurricular activities, as well as excellent basic and advanced placement courses. The teachers are knowlegable and fun to work with.

- submitted by a former student
August 31, 2005
I'm a 2005 graduate of Ben Davis High School home of the Giants and I recieved the best education other schools can offer. Ben DAvis has the oppertunity to take college classes to go towards college classes. In fact I've taken some when I was there. If you live in the Wayne Township district I suggest you send your son or daughter there. I guantee you won't regret. In ending GO GIANTS

- submitted by a former student
April 18, 2005
I'm a 2004 Graduate of Ben Davis High School. I absolutely loved my experience at Ben Davis. With the school's focus on academic excellence and promotion of extra-curricular activities, it promotes all those aspects available to produce well rounded individuals. There's never a dull moment here...theres always activities to keep the students busy both in and out of the class room. And with over 2,000 students attending this school is a culturally diverse 'Giant'. I give it two thumbs up!

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April 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2004
Ben Davis High School is the best to attend I went there last year and I had a fun year. Even though I'm back in South Carolina going to a 1A school, I will never forget the times I had BDHS. GO GIANTS.

- submitted by a former student
April 13, 2004
Ben Davis High School is nationally recognized for excellence in education. My husband and I, along with one child have already graduated from Ben Davis High School. Currently I have one child there and one that will be there in a couple of years. Indiana has one of the toughest grading scales and graduating guidlines in the nation. And still Ben Davis' grading scale is yet higher! Don't just take my word for it see for yourself at www.wayne.k12.in.us/bdhhome

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2004
The teachers and students are great! However, the principal sets a very bad example for some members of the school by making exceptions for certain groups and not for others. I wish that he could change this example!

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September 09, 2003
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August 27, 2003
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August 26, 2003
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August 25, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2003
Although this school is a big one that doesn't mean that the teachers don't spend time with the students. I went here 5 years ago and they have alot of help available if your child needs it.

- submitted by a former student
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Ben Davis is a school of champions! We have more state and national titles than can be listed and we are proud of every one of them. This is a GREAT place to attend school--with many options (IB, AVID, AP, Dual Credit) for success.

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Ben Davis High School
1200 North Girls School Road, Indianapolis, IN  46214
(317) 244-7691
Last modified Ben Davis High School is a Public school that serves grades 10-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ben Davis High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews.