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Session I: June 11- July 2, 2022 : Session II: July 9-30, 2022

A three-week residential program located on the campus of Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri with an academically challenging curriculum for grades 7-9. JBA offers a selection of liberal arts and sciences courses taught by Truman Faculty that simulate the experience of a first-year college student. JBA was created in 1985 in order to provide the benefits of a liberal arts education to students beyond its own undergraduates. JBA is proud to provide an academic challenge to younger students that is truly one of the finest of such opportunities in the nation and significantly more affordable than many comparable programs around the country.

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Enrollment is for students completing the seventh, eighth, or ninth grade who meet the qualifications for Distinguished Nominee status.

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Classes Offered

Classes included courses in the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Humanities, and Math/Computer Sciences and several interdisciplinary courses.

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Student Life

Students will enjoy a rich experience outside the classroom. They live on campus and participate in a variety of activities each day.

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