GEO’s 17-year-old PowerPoint Goals Realized in Baton Rouge and Gary

August 16, 2019

Dear Friends:

In 2002, GEO earned the right to open one of the first charter schools in Indiana. Indianapolis’s then-Mayor Bart Peterson, and then Charter School Director David Harris, approved our first charter school (and our second). They approved our applications which detailed our aspirations of graduating students from high school on time and ready to be successful in college. Today, while we don’t operate schools in Indianapolis any more, we can say with certainty, our original goals are being realized in Gary, Indiana and Baton Rouge, Louisiana tenfold.

The pictures above represent our powerpoint presentation in real life today. The students on the left are from Baton Rouge. They represent our inaugural class of 9th graders in GEO’s Next Generation High School. They all completed college level classes this past summer BEFORE starting their 9th grade with us. We are in Baton Rouge because the State of Louisiana’s Department of Education recruited us after seeing a Stanford University study showing GEO-managed schools are in the top 25% of the country in academic growth.

The picture on the right is of several of our 2019 21st Century Charter School graduates–all of whom earned either an associate degree and/or a career certification BEFORE graduating from our high school. We are in Gary, because leaders in Gary recruited us to help address the city’s chronic high school dropout problem back in 2005. Back then, only 50% of students graduated on time. We regularly post graduation rates of 90% or better.

Taking a powerpoint presentation and making good on all its promises isn’t easy. Indeed, we’ve made our share of mistakes over the years. We learned from our past mistakes, and today, we are gaining so much traction with our research-based model–our Baton Rouge schools are among the highest performing and highest growth schools in Baton Rouge and the state, and our Gary school has one of the highest college and career ratings in the state of Indiana–that we are being invited to Texas and Nevada and other states. And yes, communities in Indiana and Louisiana want us to expand, too.

And yes, others are copying what we’ve been doing for years, too. That’s perhaps the biggest compliment of all. We encourage more schools to learn what we are doing and to get busy doing it, too.

The 2019-20 school year is off to a great start. We are serving 3,000 students in our network–20% more this year than last year. We are building off our past success of graduating students with associate degrees and breaking the glass ceiling to allow our students to earn bachelor’s degrees while in our high school. We’ve already done that once, we will do it again, too. Yes, you read that right. Students can do so much more today than when I was in high school.

So while we are headquartered in Indianapolis, we are having an impact in communities far and wide directly with our schools and indirectly through public policy changes and schools replicating what we do.

I was asked recently if I could start all over and do things differently with my life, would I? My answer was emphatically, no. Why would I? I love helping others and I love seeing the results of our efforts. We are impacting lives like none other. I like that!

Yes, it’s fun changing the world together!

Sincerely,

 

Kevin Teasley

President

GEO Foundation

Aplica Ahora

Grade Level

GEO Next Generation High School utilizará el sistema en línea EnrollBR para el proceso de inscripción 2020-2021. EnrollBR es un proceso de solicitud común que brinda ayuda a las familias con la correcta elección de la escuela que satisfará las necesidades que sus hijos tengan. Los padres deben seguir las instrucciones a continuación para registrarse para el año escolar 2020-2021.

  1. Haga clic aquí para ir directamente a EnrollBR y comenzar su aplicación.
  2. Necesitará una dirección de correo electrónico. Si no tiene uno, aquí le brendaremos instrucciones para ayudarlo a configurar una cuenta de gmail de Google. Haga clic aquí
  3. Para obtener instrucciones sobre cómo completar la solicitud de inscripción ante de, Haga clic aquí

Para el año escolar 2020-2021, GEO Next Generation High School inscribirá los grados 9-10. La escuela está ubicada en 2355 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815. Para obtener información sobre cómo inscribirse en el actual año escolar, comuníquese con la escuela al numero telefónico (225) 314-2044.

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Grade Level

GEO Next Generation High School will be utilizing the EnrollBR online system for the 2020-2021 enrollment process. EnrollBR is a common application process that assists families with school choice to meet the needs of their child(ren). Parents should follow the below directions to register for the 2020-2021 school year.

  1. Click Here to go directly to EnrollBR and begin your application.
  2. You will need an email address. If you do not have one, there are instructions to help you set up a Google Gmail Account. Click here
  3. For instructions on completing the enrollment application beforehand, Click Here

For the 2020-2021 school year, GEO Next Generation High School will be enrolling grades 9-10. The school is located at 2355 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815. For information on enrolling this current school year, please contact the school at (225) 314-2044.