• The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities

    Located on the campus of Ball State University, the Indiana Academy is a nationally-ranked public high school. From amazing student life experiences to outstanding academic opportunities, take a look around and see why the most academically advanced high school students come here to prepare for college and beyond.

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  • Academics

    The Indiana Academy is consistently recognized in Indiana and nationally as a premier educational institution for gifted and talented students. In the latest Niche.com rankings for 2022, the Indiana Academy was rated as the #1 Best Public High School in Indiana. We also continue to be recognized as one of the best high schools in the nation with our 2022 ranking putting us in the Top 15 (at #12) Best Public High School Teachers in America and in the Top 50 (at #45) Best Public High Schools in America.

    More About Academics

    12 AP Courses
    35 Dual Credit Courses
    40 . Mean GPA
    97 % Attending 4-Year College
    3 National Merit Finalists
    42 AP Scholars

    Statistical data from the Indiana Academy Class of 2020.

    Dr. Smith breaks it down.

    In this video Dr. Jeff Smith, Director of Academic Affairs, explains the Indiana Academy’s graduation requirements.

    Ambassador Josie

    I chose to attend the Academy because I wanted a challenge. After researching what the Academy had to offer, I was excited to begin my journey. My home school didn’t offer Dual Credit, AP, or Honors classes. Now, at the Academy, I have almost two years of my college prerequisites completed!
    Josie ’21

  • Courses Available at the Academy

    All courses at the Indiana Academy are designed for high ability and high achieving students. Take a look through our current course catalog for course descriptions and graduation requirements. Also, be sure to check out the opportunities students get during our two-week long specialty course called “May Term” where students take unique classes, work an apprenticeship, or travel nationally or internationally.

    Humanities: English

    Academic Writing: Argumentation

    African-American Literature

    American Ecopoetry

    American Literature

    AP English Language and Composition

    Creative Writing

    Critical Approaches to Literature

    Global Cinema

    Introduction to Theater and Dramatic Literature


    Literature of the Holocaust

    Modernist Literature


    Shakespearean Comedies

    Speculative Fiction

    Studies in the Novel

    The Short Story

    Women’s Literature

    World Literature

    Writing Fiction

    Writing Lab

    Humanities: Social Studies

    American History, 1492-1876

    American History, 1877-Present

    Elementary Microeconomics

    Exploring United States Government: Political Theory and Practice

    Exploring United States Government: Search for Democracy

    Exploring United States Government: The Constitution

    History of World Religions

    Indiana History

    Prosperity and Depression, 1920-1945

    Survey of Economics

    The American Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1850-1877

    The History and Philosophy of Medicine I: From “The Ancient” to “The Medieval”

    The West in the World

    Themes in Ethnic Studies

    Workers in America

    Humanities: World Languages

    Accelerated French 1

    Intermediate French 2

    Advanced French 3

    Intermediate German 2

    Advanced German 3

    Accelerated Japanese 1

    Intermediate Japanese 2

    Advanced Japanese 3

    Introduction to Korean Language and Culture

    Accelerated Latin 1

    Intermediate Latin 2

    Accelerated Russian 1

    Intermediate Russian 2

    Intermediate Spanish 2

    Advanced Spanish 3


    Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry 1 & 2

    AP Calculus AB 1 & 2

    AP Calculus BC 1

    AP Calculus BC 2

    AP Statistics


    Differential Equations

    Discrete Mathematics


    Linear Algebra

    Multivariable Calculus

    Precalculus 1 & 2

    Precalculus for Advanced Placement 1 & 2

    Quantitative Reasoning


    Computer Science

    AP Computer Science A 1 & 2

    Computer Applications

    Introduction to Programming

    Introduction to Virtual Reality

    Multimedia Production

    Visual Programming

    Web Page Development

    Science: Physics

    AP Physics C

    AP Physics I

    AP Physics II

    Physics I: General Physics

    Physics II: Introduction to Engineering

    Physics II: Modern Physics

    Physics II: Projects in Engineering

    Science: Chemistry

    AP Chemistry

    Chemistry I: General Chemistry 1 & 2

    Chemistry II: Forensic Science

    Chemistry II: Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry

    Science: Life Science

    AP Biology

    AP Environmental Science

    Biology II: Cognitive Neuroscience

    Biology II: Field Botany

    Biology II: Human Anatomy and Physiology

    Biology II: Human Genetics

    Biology II: Introduction to Bioethics

    Biology II: Introduction to Nutrition

    Biology II: Microbiology

    Biology II: Molecular Genetics

    Biology II: Sport and Exercise Physiology

    Biology II: Zoology

    Arts & Publications

    Advanced Chorus

    Advanced Concert Band

    Advanced Orchestra (Strings Only)


    Design Fundamentals





    Social History of Art

    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Introduction to Philosophy

    Junior Colloquium

    Personal Finance


    Senior Colloquium

  • Student Life

    Living it up with Mr. Douglas.

    In this video Mr. Paul Douglas, Director of Residential Affairs, talks about the student experience at the Academy.

    More About Student Life

    Academy Clubs 2020-2021

    Black Student Union
    KPOP Dance Club
    Russian and German Club
    Bring Change to Mind
    Sip N’ Chat
    Chess Club
    Dead (and Alive) Poets Society
    Yoga Club
    Model UN
    Key Club
    Dance Club
    Robotics Club
    Asian Student Union
    Environmental Club
    Women Advocating for Political Debate Society
    Chess Club
    LatinX Student Alliance
    Filmmaking Club
    Beta Club
    Girl Talk
    Tabletop Role Playing Games Club
    Claim your Campus
    Poker Club
    Spanish Club
    Indie Music Club
    Intersection Feminist Club
    Rooting for You Club
    Photography Club

    Ambassador Jason

    I wanted to go to the Indiana Academy to meet people who had similar interests to my own. I wanted a more competitive education than I could have gotten at my old school.
    Jason ’21

    Mr. Wlodarek talks sports.

    In this video Mr. Chad Wlodarek, Athletic Director for the Indiana Academy and Burris, provides details about the combined Academy/Burris sports teams and seasons.

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    Ambassador Justin

    I chose to attend the Academy because it was much more flexible and offered a preparatory experience.
    Justin ’22

  • Residential Life

    The Academy is a unique environment both inside and outside the classroom. Most of our students live in our residence hall, with 24-hour security and custodial Student Life Counselors (SLCs) on hand to keep everyone involved, encouraged, and safe. Hundreds of activities and opportunities are offered to our students throughout the school year, and living at the Academy provides a sense of community not available anywhere else.

    Hear Ali’s Story

    See more stories at academy.bsu.edu/stories.

    Mr. Fetters on Service and Wellness

    Mr. Bridger Fetters, Associate Director of Residential Affairs, explains the community service, Academy service, and wellness opportunities available to Academy students.

    Ambassador Autumn

    I was craving an environment where everyone had goals they wanted to achieve. I liked that I would be around like minded peers who had big goals and dreams just like mine.
    Autumn ’21

  • Meet the Admissions Team!

    Dr. Jo Tuite

    Associate Director / Head of Admissions

    765-285-8109 ·

    Nathan Stoll

    Admissions Counselor

    765-285-3281 ·

    Cheryl Veatch

    Admissions Office Coordinator

    765-285-3470 ·

    Contact Information

    Office email:
    Telephone number: 1-800-316-3163, ext. 1
    Fax number: 765-285-2665


    Mailing Address:
    The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities
    Ball State University
    Academy House — Office of Admissions
    Muncie, IN 47306