State Charter Board Approves New GEO School

Yesterday was a great day in Indianapolis! Six students from GEO’s 21st Century Charter School in Gary, Indiana and three students from GEO Next Generation High School Indianapolis, met with the state’s top education leaders including Secretary of Education Katie Jenner and Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers. Our students gathered to share their achievements earning college credits and degrees while in our high schools.
 
The students also met with Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston, Senate Minority Leader Greg Taylor, Gary’s Senator Eddie Melton, and Senate Education Committee Chair Jeff Raatz.
 
We had freshmen who have earned seven credits already, sophomores who have earned 18 college credits, and juniors and seniors who have already earned a full associate degree while in our high schools speak to the leaders about their accomplishments and future plans after high school.
 
Commissioner Lubbers recently released a report showing that only 14 percent of Indiana high school students earn more than 24 college credits while in high school. More than 34% of the Class of 2021 at 21st Century Charter School have earned more than 24 college credits with 10% having earned a full associate degree. Next Gen Indy is just getting started but already has 36% of its students completing college credits and on the path to complete their associate degree, too.
 
If you think I’m excited, I am. Why? Because I’m not talking about what might happen. I’m talking about what IS happening. We made promises years ago. Today, those promises are coming to fruition.
 
Sincerely,
 
Kevin Teasley
Founder & President
GEO Foundation
 
P.S. Above is a picture of Commissioner Teresa Lubbers and Education Secretary Katie Jenner with our students from Gary and Indianapolis.

Indiana Black Expo and Ivy Tech to Partner with GEO’s New School

August 30, 2019

Dear Friends:

Oh boy! Here we grow again!

Today, the Indiana State Charter Board approved by a 6-2 vote our latest charter school application. This application is the result of an invitation from Indiana Black Expo and Ivy Tech Community College to start a new college immersion high school in Indianapolis modeled after our successful Gary school.

Tanya Bell, executive director of Black Expo, is the chair of our board and shared that she visited our Gary school and was so impressed with our model. She said it is truly transformational to communities and how much she looks forward to getting to work in Indianapolis. Indiana Black Expo is one of the most respected organizations in Indiana and is celebrating their 50th anniversary next year. This new school is a cornerstone of their celebration and their plans to help revitalize the east side of Indianapolis.

Today’s hearing was especially moving to me in that one of our alums, Jamal Abdulrasheed testified in favor of our proposal. He shared his own experience in our schools, how he graduated from our high school in 2012 with 30 or so college credits, went on to earn his BA in 4 years and earned his law degree in May of 2019. He just took the bar exam and already has a great job at one of Indy’s best law firms. He shared that many of his classmates are just as successful, too. Jamal has agreed to serve on our school board, too. Now that’s really cool!

In addition to Jamal’s testimony, we were honored to have Luis Gonzales, Chancellor of Lake County Ivy Tech campuses, testify and share how our partnership works so well and Kathy Lee, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Indianapolis campuses testified in support sharing that she toured our Gary campus undercover, did her homework and looks forward to working with us again. Our Gary school’s college and career rating ranks in the top 18% of the state and the number of college credits earned by our students while in our high school put our students in the top 5% of the state.

And yes, it was awesome to see Dana Teasley share how we serve special needs students and we don’t suspend and expel students easily, rather we provide social and emotional supports to prevent suspensions and expulsions as much as we can.

We have a great team on the board, great partners and can’t wait to get busy serving. We open in August 2020.

Yes, it’s fun changing the world together! Join us. You will be glad you did!

Sincerely,

 

Kevin Teasley

President

GEO Foundation

317-694-9985

Twitter: @teasleygeo

 

P.S.: Pictured above are some of our school board members and key staff for the new school including J.R. Russell, director of IUPUI SPAN program, Tanya Bell, executive director of Black Expo, Jeff Lozer, chief operations officer of GEO, Dana Teasley, vice president of GEO, Jesse Moore, board member of our new school, Jeff Ready, CEO or Scale Computing and Chair of GEO’s Board and board member of the new school, and Jamal Abdulrasheed, GEO alum and board member of the new school.

Aplica Ahora (2021-2022)

Grade Level

GEO Next Generation High School utilizará el sistema en línea EnrollBR para el proceso de inscripción 2021-2022. 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 2021-2022.

  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 2021-2022, 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.

Apply Now (2021-2022)

Grade Level

GEO Next Generation High School will be utilizing the EnrollBR online system for the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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.