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The SBU Academy is a transitional collegiate experience for academically talented high school juniors and seniors. The Academy offers an in-person, on-campus dual credit classroom experience on Mondays and online support for the course the rest of the week. All schools are welcome to participate; however, the format is especially useful to districts operating on a four-day school week.
Academy students learn from experienced doctoral-qualified professionals with outstanding expertise and have the opportunity to interact with current SBU college students.
The SBU Academy has a professional focus, offers a collegiate experiences, and prepares select high school students for lives of service and leadership. The Academy's purpose is to offer an early introduction to high-demand professional careers and disciplines.
Students in the 11th and 12th grades with an overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) are automatically eligible for dual credit courses.
Students in the 11th and 12th grades with an overall grade point average between 2.5-2.99 (on a 4.0 scale) must provide a signed later of recommendation from their principal or guidance counselor and provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian (CBHE 6.3) to Dr. Tim DeClue, SBU Academy Director.
For assistance with your application or more information about the SBU Academy, please contact Dr. Tim DeClue at email@example.com or (417) 328-1704.
Classes will meet every Monday of the fall semester unless designated as an official holiday by the University
Sample Monday on-campus schedule:
Participation in SBU Academy costs $120 per credit hour. This includes all course fees and covers the cost of lunch during the Monday in-person sessions. Students also receive access to University events (concerts, performances, etc.) and NCAA Division II athletic events.
In addition to the courses offered, additional planned activities hosted on-campus in the afternoons will help expose SBU Academy students to other high-demand/high-urgency areas such as healthcare, nursing, and agriculture, for example.
Dr. Bryant joined the SBU faculty in 2002 and currently serves as a Full Professor and is the Lewis E. Schollian Endowed Chair of Education. She has served as SBU Faculty Senate President, was named the Orien B. Hendrex Distinguished Teacher of the Year, and she received the SBU Faculty Life Beautiful award. Dr. Bryant is a member of the Missouri State Council of the International Literacy Association, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Literacy Association for Christian Educators, and the National Association for the Education of the Young Child. She co-sponsors the SBU Student Missouri State Teachers Association.
She graduated from SBU with her Bachelors in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, from the University of Missouri with her Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. Her doctoral work was completed with Liberty University in Educational Leadership and Reading. She has authored or co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications and presentations during her career.
Dr. Tim DeClue has served as the SBU Computer and Information Sciences Department Chair, Faculty Senate President, ABET (Accrediting Board for Engineering & Technology) Commissioner, Advanced Placement Computer Science team leader, Code.org facilitator, and authored over 20 published peer-reviewed research or experience papers.
Dr. Kwasi Ofori-Yeboah is a published author with his doctoral degree from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Yeboah has over 30 years teaching experience at SBU and expertise in the post-cold war Africa.