GEO Students Jump The Achievement Gap

Every once in a while, it’s worth sitting back and taking a look at what’s going on around you. Seems like some times we move so fast that we lose track of the progress we are making and we don’t consider the immenseness (is that a word?) of what we are doing.
 
I got into this battle to help low-income families access quality schools. That was the big goal. But there are lots of other incremental goals that take place along the way to achieving the big goal. One of those goals is having a building to do your work.
 
So, it is with that in mind, that I present to you the pictures below and above. The picture above is the new home of GEO Foundation on Meridian Street in Indianapolis. We moved in right before the pandemic started last year, then all of us went home. :) Even still, this is quite a long way from my living room where GEO began in 1998.
 
Below are pictures of the schools we’ve started in Gary, Indianapolis, and Baton Rouge. We now have 10 campuses altogether. Five in Gary, one in Indianapolis, and four in Baton Rouge. Kind of hard to believe, really.
 
But, when you serve 3,600 students in these cities, you have to have a place for them to learn. And we are not done, yet. We’ve been invited to start more schools in Baton Rouge. And Texas continues to beckon us.
 
While I appreciate the invitations, the goal remains the same–to provide high quality education to underserved families. The goal is NOT to have a bunch of mediocre schools. Nope! So, we don’t start new schools until our current ones are standing on their own feet and producing great results.
 
I can tell you that our current schools are doing just that, too. From “Top Gains” schools in Baton Rouge, to our top graduation rates and college and career readiness ratings in Indiana, our schools are kicking it. That’s why more invitations are coming in. Pretty exciting.
 
For now, I’ll leave it there. Enjoy these pictures. Yes, they are just buildings. But they are more than that in the communities we serve. They are places where hope begins and goals are realized. Not just a proposed PDF plan, but real evidence of great work being done.
 
Thanks for being our friend throughout all these years. Thanks for believing in us. Let’s keep changing the world together!
 
Sincerely,
 
Kevin Teasley
Founder & President
GEO Foundation
 
 

Dear Friends,

You are probably aware of the “achievement gap” most educators and policymakers discuss when addressing the challenges inner-city schools face. It is real. Many low-income and minority students arrive at schools 2-3 years below grade level and schools are tasked with the challenge of closing that achievement gap in short order. Schools attack this challenge in many ways, but few, if any do what we do. I believe it is more than a “task” challenge for schools, it’s a psychological challenge, too. Our society generaly believes inner city students are woefully behind, thus society has little faith in their abilities to succeed. Sure, schools use a lot of words of encouragement hoping to inspire students to succeed, and yes, schools do a lot of tutoring and additional work, but if students don’t actually believe they can succeed at the next level, many won’t. If students don’t see themselves in college and in career positions, many won’t actually believe they can achieve and succeed at that level. Thus, closing the achievement gap is a continuous problem and indeed the gap gets worse.

Well, at GEO, I think we are on to something and the proof is in our results.

Our students are jumping over the achievement gap.

Above, is Raven. She earned four degrees in four years time while attending our Gary school. She earned a career certification, an associate degree, a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue, and a high school diploma (in that order) while in our school. The students below, Arianna and Brianna (left to right), earned full associate degrees last year (despite Covid 19), and they were juniors. We have many other students who have done what these three students have done, and many more in the cue, too. That’s jumping the achievement gap.

How do they do this?

We empower, support and believe in our students. We plan their high school journey to get the biggest return on their four-year investment of time with us. And yes, we budget to support our students to succeed. We don’t limit our efforts to college and career exposure and workshops, we place our students in real college classes on college campuses so they can earn real college and career credits. These efforts have a huge and positive psychological impact on our students.

When you are in discussions about closing the achievement gap, ask what schools are doing to change the psychology, the expectations of outcomes. Ask schools to tell you how they are going beyond the talk of college and careers and how they are empowering, budgeting and supporting students to be successful in college and careers while students are in high school. Let’s change the conversation from closing the achievement gap to jumping the achievement gap. It can be done!

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

Sincerely,

Kevin Teasley
President
GEO Foundation

Aplica Ahora (2021-2022)

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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.