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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Ben Davis High School is an above average, public school located in Indianapolis, IN. It has 3,236 students in grades 10-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 15% of students are at least proficient in math and 30% in reading.

Ben Davis High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
30%
Percent Proficient - Math
15%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1050
552 responses
Average ACT
23
131 responses
AP Enrollment
38%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$46,442
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$865
National
$949
Median Home Value
$129,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.60 responses
Poll
68%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.60 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 194 responses
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  • Football games
    24%
  • Pep Sessions
    14%
  • All the plays
    12%
  • Giant Spectacular
    10%
  • Band Competitions
    9%
  • School concerts
    8%
  • Basketball games
    7%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,236
Free or Reduced Lunch
75%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.66 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.66 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.66 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.3%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.90 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.90 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.90 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,969/ year
National
$12,239
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.94 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.94 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.94 responses
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I love the diversity! High school experience was great, I would have loved to experience my senior year but they are doing everything they can to give us a normal school year with COVID-19 in mind. Ben Davis faculty is doing a good job with making sure the students are going to be safe at school. Even before COVID-19 the school was a safe place to be and very clean. 10/10!
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While attending Ben Davis High School, I matured over time. I joined as many clubs as I could and made friends with everyone. I enjoyed my time there and was given multiple opportunities. I was a very good student and very social as well. Although I love my school, I believe there could be a few changes to the school. I believe the school police officers could be given better training. There have been multiple times where I was in a situation that could have been prevented. Friends of mine have been harassed by the police officers for just partially looking suspicious. I understand that when it comes to schools, you have to protect children and serve your community by protecting those children, however, there's a line you cross when you accuse a good student of lying, being rude, and being a bad student. Overall, my school experience with this school has been okay. Nothing more and nothing less.
Our choice to enroll our kids at Ben Davis came after researching the AP/Honors courses available compared to other private high schools in the area. We knew the rich AP course offerings (20+ classes) coupled with the diverse student body were perfect for our family. And the decision has proven fruitful! Our kids were able to take advantage of the great academics, theatre/music programs, and strong athletic teams. Most importantly, our children experienced an environment where students from all socioeconomic statuses, ethnicities, religions, and experiences came together. We wanted our children to have a "real world" school experience, not one where they were placed in a homogenous bubble of students. Ben Davis was just that and prepared our children to go into their universities and careers with the ability to move through and feel comfortable in different spaces and communities with ease. This understanding is the foundation to empathy and collaboration that we need in this world.