Student Handbook – Graduation Requirements
Academic Affairs Policy and Procedures
II. Graduation Requirements
A. Academic Credit Requirements
The academic credit requirements for the Indiana Academy allow the student to graduate with an Indiana Academic Honors Diploma. A total of 47 credits are required for graduation and a minimum of 26.5 must be completed at the Academy. Academic credits must be distributed in the subject areas as required by the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma. The specific course requirements may change from year to year and are available in the Office of Academic Guidance.
B. Non-Academic Graduation Requirements (Extended Curriculum)
Cooperative living and shared responsibility in the Indiana Academy’s residential community is fostered through the Academy Service program. A total of thirty (30) Academy Service hours must be earned by each two-year residential student to fulfill the graduation requirement. A total of fifteen (15) Academy Service hours must be earned by each one-year residential student to fulfill the graduation requirement. One-year residential International students are required to complete a total of fifteen (15) Academy Service hours over their time at the Academy. Two-year residential International students are required to complete a total of thirty (30) Academy Service hours over their time at the Academy. These hours must be completed and turned in before graduation. NECP students may participate in the Academy Service program but are NOT required to complete any hours (0) over their junior and senior year in order to graduate. Each student is independently responsible for securing, completing, and documenting Academy service hours. Academy Service Forms are used by the students to document work completed. The person supervising the service hours must sign the form and then the student is to turn in the form to their custodial Student Life Counselor for documentation. Students will not receive credit for Academy Service hours reported from the prior school year.
Tracking & Reporting Extracurricular Activities
- Students will automatically qualify for up to 15 hours of Academy Service by completing a single Burris-Academy IHSAA season as a sports manager. This information will be reported by the Burris-Academy Athletic Director to the Associate Director of Residential and Student Affairs.
- Students will automatically qualify for up to 15 hours of Academy Service by participating in the Burris-Academy Pep Band. The Academy Service form needs to be signed by the Burris-Academy Band Director following the procedures listed above.
The Indiana Academy is committed to providing students with an environment that encourages them to take personal responsibility and to lead healthy lifestyles. The Wellness program at the Academy operates from the standpoint that when any part of an individual is out of balance, it affects the health of the whole.
The Academy recognizes basic wellness dimensions that contribute to a healthy, whole individual when kept in balance. These dimensions consist of the following categories:
- Cultural – This dimension is generally defined as experiences with the fine or performing arts, history of traditions, ways of living built up by a single group of people, or shared knowledge & values of a society, etc.
- Diversity – This dimension is generally defined as experiences that compare and/or contrast distinct populations, sharing points of difference, situations or activities involving multiple viewpoints, etc.
- Emotional/Spiritual – This composite dimension is generally defined as experiences that evoke an emotive response, and can include areas such as interests, attitudes, outlooks, intellectual growth, healthy emotional expression, philosophical, transcendental or religious matters, etc.
- Physical – This dimension is generally defined as activities pertaining to non-class related physical activity/exertion or educational presentations regarding physical health. This dimension can be completed independently of Student Life programming opportunities. Ten (10) clock hours make up one (1) Physical credit.
- Vocational – This dimension is generally defined as experiences that pertain to and/or prepare for an occupation, vocation, career path, or higher education, as well as activities related to training of a specific skill set, etc.
The Wellness program requires each two-year residential student (including two-year residential International students) to complete thirty (30) credits over the course of their time at the Academy. NECP Students are welcome to participate in the Wellness program but are NOT required to complete any hours (0) over their junior and senior year in order to graduate. Each semester, the Student Life Staff offers at least 120 Wellness Programs in addition to various opportunities provided by other Academy personnel. There are mandatory credits within each of the five dimensions and additional credits remain as electives based on the number of years in residence. (See PRIVILEGE SYSTEM for more detail on elective credit.) These credits must be completed to fulfill a graduation requirement. Students are responsible for reporting and tracking their attendance at Wellness programs using the following steps:
- Sign the attendance sheet at the program. (Students will not be eligible for credit if they fail to sign the attendance sheet, or are not paying attention, or do not attend for the entire program, etc.)
Wellness Guidelines & Limitations
The following are based on two-year residential student guidelines and limitations. For one-year residential students, the following guidelines and limitations would be halved.
Tracking & Reporting Physical Wellness – Students need to track the date, type, and duration of each physical activity and/or name, date, and duration of any physical/health education program. When students have accumulated 10 hours of these activities (in any combination), they need to email their designated Academy representative (custodial SLC for residential students, appointed Academy administrator for NECP & international students) with the detailed information.
Tracking & Reporting Extracurricular Activities
- Students will automatically qualify for up to two (2) elective credits (depending on schedule length/duration) if they complete a Burris/Academy theatrical production (Play, Musical, etc.). Maximum of two (2) elective credits per student.
- Students will automatically qualify for two (2) physical credits (20 hours) if they complete a Burris-Academy IHSAA season. Student managers will automatically qualify for one (1) elective credit if they complete a Burris-Academy IHSAA season.
Reporting Limitations – Students may receive credit for a maximum of:
- Two (2) Vocational or Elective credits for college visits.
- In order to receive wellness credit for College Visits/Presentations, (not facilitated through the CCCC) students must provide an information packet about the institution and short reflective essay detailing the visit/experience.
- Two (2) Emotional/Spiritual or Elective credits for attending a religious service outside of the student’s personal belief system.
- In order to receive wellness credit for attending a religious service outside of the student’s personal belief system, students must provide a short reflective essay detailing the visit/experience
- Five (5) Physical credits in the elective category.
Students reporting a program for Wellness credit cannot receive any other type of credit for that activity (i.e. Academy Service, class credit, class extra credit, etc.). Students will not receive credit for Wellness reported from the prior school year.
Wellness Breakdown Summary Two-Year Residential One-Year Residential 4 – Cultural 2 – Cultural 4 – Diversity 2 – Diversity 4 – Emotional/Spiritual 2 – Emotional/Spiritual 4 – Vocational 2 – Vocational 4 – Physical 2 – Physical 10 – Elective 5 – Elective 30 – Total Credits 15 – Total Credits
Every two-year residential and NECP Academy student must perform fifty (50) hours of Community Service as a graduation requirement. Every one-year residential and NECP student must perform twenty-five (25) hours of Community Service as a graduation requirement. International students are welcome to participate in the Community Service program but are NOT required to complete any hours (0) over their Junior and Senior year in order to graduate. Community Service activities must occur after admission and official enrollment to the Academy and prior to graduation. Community Service is an approved activity that is beneficial to others and society and must meet the following criteria:
- Service must be an unpaid activity.
- Service cannot occur under the supervision of any relatives, including step and in-law relatives.
- Service must not be used to apply for any other type of credit or compensation (e.g. Boy Scouts, class credit).
- Service may not be completed online.
Students may choose more than one agency at a hometown location, in Muncie, or at a location of their choice to complete the service. All service must be pre-approved by the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Residential and Student Affairs or must be at a location listed on the Pre-Approved Site list (see below). Community Service forms can be found at the Indiana Academy web site in the Forms section at the following address: academy.bsu.edu/forms. All signed and completed paperwork must be filed with the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Residential and Student Affairs. Students may turn these completed forms into the Academy Front Desk to be recorded and tracked. Students are encouraged to complete their Community Service obligations during the summer to avoid conflict with academic responsibilities. For service completed between the dates of May 1st and September 30th, (which may include hours completed over the summer) the forms are due on October 1st. Forms are due on May 1st for service completed October 2nd through April 30th. Students may still turn in their service if either deadline is missed, but will be awarded only half the number of hours submitted.
Pre-Approved Community Service Sites Hospitals Libraries Educational Outreach Schools Academic Tutoring Coaching Sports Teams Humane Society/SPCA Museums Government/Social Services Homeless Shelters Zoos Physician Offices Soup Kitchens Nursing Homes Big Brothers/Big Sisters Goodwill Literacy Projects Camps (as Staff Member) Salvation Army Non-secular Facilities Civic Theater (Non-Cast) Habitat for Humanity Day Cares Burris-Academy Athletic Event Volunteer Please Note: If 15 or more service hours are performed at one location, a one-page journal detailing the service must accompany the Community Service Form. The one-page journal must conform to the specified criteria outlined on the Community Service Form. One-page journal guidelines are listed on the community service form which can be found at academy.bsu.edu/forms. Until both the service form and one-page journal are submitted, the Community Service hours will not be recorded.
Extended Curriculum Breakdown
|Academy Service||Community Service||Wellness Credits|
|Residential (two years)||30||50||30|
|Residential (one year)||15||25||15|
|NECP (two years)||0||50||0|
|NECP (one year)||0||25||0|
(one year each)
(one year NECP + one year residential)
(two years residential)
(one year residential)