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My student qualified for the Joseph Baldwin Academy last summer but was unable to attend.  Does he/she have to be nominated again for this summer’s program?

If a student was nominated by their counselor or principal the previous year but they could not attend, they must qualify for nomination again and be nominated by their school counselor or principal.

My student attended the Joseph Baldwin Academy last summer.  Do they have to reapply?  Is admission the following year automatic?

Students must reapply each year they wish to attend, however, they do not need to be re-nominated.  ACT scores from the previous year may be reused, though we encourage students to retest to get a higher score and practice in preparation for eventual college application and admission.  Having attended JBA in a previous year does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year.  While many repeating applicants do attend multiple years, faculty make the final determination of who is qualified to participate in their class, and most of our classes have far greater demand than they have seats.  Each application is reviewed on its merits (test scores, essays, academic history) without regard to prior attendance, family legacy at the Academy or the University, or relationship to University students or employees.

When can I apply? How do I apply?

Distinguished Nominees who are certified as eligible for the final selection process will receive notification in October of their Distinguished Nominee designation, as well as information and application materials for the Joseph Baldwin Academy.  Final selection as one of the Eminent Young Scholars is based on application information, a complete school transcript or grade cards (two full years), a recommendation from a current teacher and ACT test scores (SAT or PSAT test scores are also accepted).   Information on how to register to take the ACT will be included in the Joseph Baldwin Academy application packet.

Applications will not be accepted without two full year’s transcripts and the teacher recommendation.  A copy of a student’s last two years’ transcripts (or grade cards), completed Teacher Recommendation form and the signature page should be sent to JBA and be postmarked by November 14th.

Do I have to take the ACT/SAT/PSAT? Can I test in February? Can I use last years test scores?

Distinguished Nominees who wish to attend the Joseph Baldwin Academy must take a college entrance examination on or before December 10, 2016 and scores must be received before February 10, 2017 to be eligible for the 2017 Joseph Baldwin Academy. The American College Testing Program (ACT) is the preferred exam, although students are also welcome to complete the SAT or PSAT. Students taking the ACT exam on December 10, 2016, must register to take the exam with the Joseph Baldwin Academy at http://jba.truman.edu/act by November 3, 2016. Applicants must provide a copy of their ACT/SAT/PSAT test scores by February 10, 2017 to be considered.

If a student takes the ACT/SAT/PSAT after the December test date, the Academy will not receive the results in time to determine acceptance by February.

Students returning to JBA for a second or third year may choose to use their ACT scores from a previous year, but they are encouraged to retake the test and submit new scores.

Can I apply late?

Students whose applications are postmarked after November 14, 2016 are considered late.   Late applications may be accepted until February 10, 2017.  Late applicants will be mailed a letter acknowledging its receipt, but will be added to our waiting list while we attempt to place all students who applied on time and handle withdrawals.   This process may take until the first payment due date of April 28th. At that time, we will attempt to place late applicants in any open class choices they made. If there are no available spots in any of your top choices, we will contact you to let you know what classes are still available and give you the option to be considered for one of these courses. Your application will then be forwarded to the instructor of that course for consideration. If the instructor accepts you into his/her class, we will notify by mail. In some cases we are unable to place all students who apply to the Academy.

How are students assigned to courses?

The Academy attempts to place students in their first class choice, but some classes have more applicants than seats available. The instructor for each class reviews student files and determines whether an applicant would be able to successfully complete the class by considering such factors as the student’s ACT score, school transcript, essay responses, letter of recommendation, and, if applicable, their previous work at the Academy.  We do not require a certain score on the ACT/SAT but use it as a placement tool.

When will I find out what class I’ve gotten?

After each instructor has reviewed all of his/her applications and chosen his/her students, we will notify the students via mail around early March of acceptance to the Academy.

When will I receive more information in the mail so I know what to bring with me?

Once we have all student acceptances processed, we will mail out an informational packet that contains the “Welcome Guide” to you and your parents.  This brochure will contain information about travel to Kirksville, check-in at the Academy, some of the services that JBA and the University will provide, and a list of items you should and should not bring.  It may also contain additional items needed for your class and information about how to set up your student account.

Session I students will receive their Welcome Packet around the second week of May.  Session II students will receive their Welcome Packet around the second week of June.

What time should I arrive for check-in?

Students may check in anytime between 10 am and 4 pm on June 10/July 8.

When do I purchase my book(s) or course pack?

The Truman Bookstore will have a table set up to sell textbooks for your class at check-in. Please make checks payable to the “Truman Bookstore”.

If course packs are needed, they will be handed out the first day of class and payment will be collected at that time by the preceptors.

Can I get college credit for my course?

The Joseph Baldwin Academy generally does not offer credit for courses completed. However, beginning in summer 2016 we began offering a new form of micro-credential called Digital Badges.

For students seeking middle school or high school credit, students and their parents may be able to negotiate with their local school officials for credit or advanced placement. Formal college credit is only offered to students in the college-level mathematics course that JBA offers.  This course includes outcome assessments that parallel two existing Truman courses.  That course, however, does not require students to complete work for credit in order to participate.

We often get asked why we don’t offer more courses for college credit.  One very important reason is that contemporary accreditation standards for granting college credit to secondary school students imposes significant limitations on the structure for credit bearing courses, requiring the experience to be virtually identical to a regular semester college course.  For most subjects it would be a logistical impossibility to meet those standards within a three-week program and still make the experiences fun.  Plus, part of the JBA experience involves active learning outside of the classroom.  Many of these truly enriching experiences would need to be sacrificed to allow for the exams, term papers, projects, and extensive study time needed to meet this standard.  Additionally, an important part of our curriculum is the unique interdisciplinary nature of our courses.  Some of our most fascinating courses don’t have easy equivalents in the typical college catalog and would be difficult to transfer.

Fundamentally, we believe students come to JBA not to achieve a grade or even to earn credit. Instead they come to be stretched academically, to grow socially, and to experience the joy of learning for learning’s sake without the psychological pressure that comes with having to make sure the first class on their college transcript is an A!

Will I have access to a computer for word processing or email? Should my child bring a personal computer to JBA?

There is a computer lab available in the residence hall.  Computer labs needed for class work will be provided on campus as well.  Students should not bring computers or laptops to campus as they will not be needed to support student work.  Students will be actively engaged throughout the day and will rarely have the opportunity to engage in any computer-based work outside of that conducted in labs or structured group work.

My child requires a special diet. Are special meal plans available?

The dining services on campus offer a wide selection of food at every meal, and their menus are varied enough to accommodate vegan, vegetarian, and other diets. If your student requires other special dietary needs or has food allergies, please contact us at least two weeks before you arrive so that we can plan for this and notify food services.

How are rooms assigned? May I make a specific roommate request?

I’m sorry but we do not accept room requests.  Students will be given room assignments when they check in. Most students are assigned to double rooms, but we cannot guarantee a particular housing arrangement, including a roommate request, to any student. To the extent possible, students are assigned roommates of a similar age. Students will share a bathroom with the connecting room.

Are religious services available?

We support any student who wants to attend religious services and will provide transportation to and from local religious services with a staff member. Sign-up for these services will occur during the week prior to the services on a week-to-week basis. It is important that students with this interest remember to sign-up in advance as prior planning is required to coordinate travel to different services at different times.

What are the arrangements for students who need to take medication?

All student medications must be turned in to the Health & Wellness Director upon check in. The Health & Wellness Director will supervise students bringing medications. These include prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine such as Tylenol, allergy medicine, and cold medicine. NO medications are allowed to be kept in student rooms (with the exceptions of inhalers, epi-pens, and similar rescue medications, which shall be approved on a case by case basis).

Students must self-administer the medication, as directed by the parent or physician, and the Health & Wellness Director will log all medications taken. We do make available, upon request by the student, common over the counter medications in the Med Room. Parents are strongly advised to note any allergies or potential drug interactions with prescribed medications on their child’s medical form. In addition, parents are urged to have a conversation with their children, before they come to JBA, about any over the counter medications they feel comfortable/uncomfortable with their child selecting.

Exception: Parents may authorize their children to retain maintenance medications, provided the medications have no potential for abuse, and missed or discontinued dosages present no risk. Written authorization from the student’s physician and parents is required.

What arrangements have been made if my student needs to see a doctor?

The Academy has made arrangements with a local physician to care for its students. Whenever possible, the Health & Wellness Director will contact parents before the Academy takes their child to the physician; however, sometimes this notification may occur afterwards.

Emergency medical service is available at a Kirksville hospital. All students must submit medical history forms and a copy of their health insurance card, which the Health & Wellness Director will keep on file. Students will be responsible for any co-payment at the doctor’s office, hospital, or pharmacy at the time of the service. Those students with long-standing medical conditions should request their physician forward relevant information to the Joseph Baldwin Academy.

How will students traveling by plane get to campus?  Who will meet them at the airport?

We will provide transportation to and from Kansas City International Airport on the Saturday beginning and ending each session. A $75.00 round-trip ($35.00 one-way) shuttle fee will be charged for transportation to and from the airport. Because of the long commute between the airport and Kirksville, all flights must arrive and depart between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Transportation will not be provided for flights arriving or departing at other times.

There are limited flights between St. Louis and Kirksville Regional Airport via Cape Air.  If you elect to come directly to Kirksville by plane, be advised that a connection must be made in St. Louis.  While we are great fans of the Cape Air service, and patrons may wish to consider it, parents will want to discuss logistics with their children if they are inexperienced fliers.  Cape Air charges $52 each way, over and above the cost of your flight to St. Louis, to reach Kirksville. In order to meet the program schedule, JBA students must arrive on the 11:20 AM Cape Air Flight (10:15 St. Louis Departure) on arrival day and depart on the 7:00 AM flight on departure day.  Unfortunately, there are only eight seats on this plane.

Staff members of JBA will meet you at the security checkpoint of your arrival gate.

What are the terms of payment?  What credit cards do you accept? Who should I make my check payable to?

The first half of the tuition payment is due by April 28th (if your student is awarded a scholarship, it’s half of the remaining balance after their scholarship is applied). Session I final payment is due June 2, Session II final payment is due June 30. If you are going to have problems meeting these deadlines, we can set up a payment plan with you to make the schedule more flexible but all tuition must be paid before a student will be allowed to move in.

You may pay by credit card (we accept all major credit cards) or electronic check online.  You also have the option of mailing a personal check or money order – Make checks/money orders payable to the Joseph Baldwin Academy.  Please include your student’s name and Banner ID# (student ID number) in the memo section.  Mail to Truman State University, Joseph Baldwin Academy, 100 E Normal, MC 303, Kirksville, MO 63501.  Your payment must be received in our office no later than the payment deadlines listed above. These will be processed by our office and you will be mailed a receipt.