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JBA Online

July 6-24, 2020

JBA Online operates Monday – Friday. Classes meet each morning 10am – Noon. Student activities are held each afternoon 3pm – 5pm.

All students attending JBA Online need access to Zoom Conferencing Software (Free).

Students must also set up their student account* in order to access Email and Blackboard. Essential daily communications will be delivered using these platforms.

Account Setup Instructions

Online Payment Instructions

*Student account information has been sent to families. To set up your student account, you need your username and banner ID. Go to Any questions regarding student accounts should be emailed to


JBA Online students have been accepted into one of four courses. Below are the course names, instructors, and needed course materials:

Big History: Finding Humanity’s Place in the Universe
taught by Andrew Peake

Course Book: Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History, VOL 2, 2nd edition (9780520271449) by David Christian
Cost: $24.95 from the Truman Bookstore

Computers in Art and Design
taught by Matthew Derezinski

Software: Adobe Creative Suite, available on the Adobe Website
Monthly Plan: $79.49/mo
Software available on either Computer or Tablet.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you choose the purchasing option that is right for you. The student discount plan($19.99/mo) requires you to pay for a full 12 months. The Individual Monthly Plan($74.49/month) can be cancelled. Students may or may not wish to keep using the software after JBA. Make sure you choose the plan that is right for you.

Students also need to be able to take pictures, such as with a camera or smartphone.

Genetics 101: The ABCs of DNA
taught by Sarah Berke

Nothing to purchase. Course materials are free, and will be provided by the professor

Introduction to Chemistry
taught by Brian Lamp

Digital Weight Scale
Cost: $12.99 at Amazon

Indirectly vented, chemical splash goggles that meet ANSI Z87.1.
Example of such eye-wear can be found here.  These can be found at most hardware/supply stores.
Cost: Approximately $10.00.

Digital Usage Policy

All participants and their parents/guardians need to read the Digital Usage Policy and sign the form at the bottom.

This policy is for all participants participating in the Joseph Baldwin Academy Online in 2020. The policy serves as a resource to help participants, families and staff maintain safety and privacy as they access the Internet or interact in online environments while participating in JBA Online.

JBA Online 2020 Digital Usage Policy

To our JBA community,

Out of care for the health and safety of our students and staff, given the continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the very difficult decision to not hold the Joseph Baldwin Academy on our campus this summer.  However, to continue providing our students with outstanding learning opportunities, we will be offering the 2020 Joseph Baldwin Academy in an online format, and at a significantly reduced rate, to those who are interested.  Please read on for more details.

JBA Online will be held in one session taking place July 6-24, 2020, and consist of four of our most popular classes that have been converted for use in an online setting.
– Big History: Finding Humanity’s Place in the Universe
– Computers in Art & Design
– Genetics 101: The ABCs of DNA
– Introduction to Chemistry
Faculty will provide instruction 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Monday – Friday and students will complete research and projects related to their course offline, or in online groups of their peers organized and guided by our staff. Students will be able to engage with college level content, their instructor, and fellow students.

We know that many students come to JBA for its social aspects, and we are planning to address this as well.  Beyond academics, our staff is building an online social experience utilizing the same online tools as classes. Students will meet and get to know their peers while engaging in fun and entertaining activities, just as they would normally at JBA. Each day will include 1-2 hours of activities, along with daily challenges that encourage students to extend activities beyond the scheduled online time. Part of our goal with the design of this program is to give students engagement opportunities that get them away from the computer and outside.  We also want to continue to build the sense of JBA community that we are known for in a safe, moderated environment.

The cost of JBA Online is $550 per student. Some of you have already paid more than that, and will therefore receive a partial refund. Families who do not choose to participate in JBA Online will receive a full refund.  Previously awarded scholarships and financial aid will be honored. Families should expect there will be some additional textbook and supply expenses, just as in the normal academy. Information on those purchases is being prepared while we work on transitioning to the new format.

Families have received notification that includes instructions on how to register for JBA Online. Notification was delivered via email. An additional first-class mailing will also be delivered.

This registration process is for 2020 JBA Applicants ONLY. Non-applicants will not be admitted to the academy.

JBA Online registration opens on April 20th at 5pm. The deadline to re-register for JBA Online is May 15, 2020.  While class sizes will be larger than normal, seats are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

As students register, we will begin partial refunds for those who have already paid more than $550. If your student does not wish to participate in JBA Online, please email us at, and we will refund any payments made thus far.

If you have any questions about JBA Online, please email

We know this transition is difficult and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Best wishes to you and yours,


Jared Young
Dean, Joseph Baldwin Academy