A hallmark of virtually any Ball State experience is a strong connection to the real world. Experiential and immersive learning is a way of life here, and students across campus have valuable opportunities to build upon their learning through internships and other real-world experiences. Ball State Teachers College is no exception, but we take the concept even further, because many of our real-world connections instruct not only students but allow the whole institution to learn.

Burris Laboratory School, for example, is an actual K-12 institution, operated by Teachers College for decades. It offers an excellent learning environment for its schoolchildren, a valuable hands-on learning opportunity for our students, and a laboratory for developing and demonstrative innovative teaching concepts.

Burris Laboratory School has once again been listed among the nation's best high schools by U.S. News & World Report. A 2016 analysis listed Burris as 11th in the state, and 1,108th in the nation according to the 2016 US News & World Report Best High School Rankings

The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities is another real-world school operated by Ball State specifically for the education of young people—in this case, those with extraordinary intellectual ability and a strong commitment to scholarship. Like Burris, it’s equally beneficial to the students and faculty of Teachers College.

The Indiana Academy is consistently ranked among the best high schools in Indiana and the nation. The 2018 Niche Rankings named the Academy as the #1 Public High School in Indiana (for the fourth year in a row) and one of the best in America. In the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings, the Academy earned a Gold Medal and was again recognized as one of the best schools in Indiana.

Burris Laboratory School and The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities were listed among the Nation's Most Challenging High Schools in a 2017 Washington Post analysis. The Academy is Indiana's only public residential high school for gifted and talented students.

Another connection is the Clinical Practice Network, school partnerships designed to provide a supportive environment for preservice teachers.

Professional Development Schools are distinct partners committed to shared values and high quality teacher educator preparation, enhancing the professional development of current teachers along with the training of new ones, at the preschool through high school levels.