2020 ICHE Equity Report Proof Positive 21st Century Charter School Model Works

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
 
 

The “2020 College Equity Report” released today by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education provides important data that when compared to data results at 21st Century Charter School in Gary, Indiana, support GEO’s college immersion model.

The statewide annual report, which does not go into specific school data reports, shows only 38% of low-income high school graduates in Indiana go to college. To compare this data to 21st Century Charter School, we looked at statistics provided by the National Student Clearinghouse, the nationally recognized data warehouse for higher education statistics. According to NSC, 21st Century Charter School has an eight-year average of 55% of its students (most of whom qualify for federal assistance) going to college after high school graduation, a difference of 17 points compared to the state.

The ICHE report says 35% of Black students in Indiana complete dual credit and/or AP courses while in high school. The most recent data from the Indiana Department of Education reports 72.6% of 21st Century Charter School students earn college and career credits while in high school, more than double the ICHE numbers reported for Black students statewide. 21st Century Charter High School students beat the state’s overall numbers (no matter what demographic), too. The state average is 68.3%, 4.3 points below 21st Century Charter School’s numbers.

These data points demonstrate the effectiveness and importance of GEO’s college immersion model at 21st Century Charter School. Students who experience real college while in high school are more likely to go to college after high school graduation, even more likely than those taking dual credit or AP courses on high school campuses. Real college campus experience matters.

This is why families are flocking to enroll in 21st Century Charter School. The school has a record enrollment this year of nearly 1300 students, up from 1200 last year. Families know they can get more than a high school diploma, actually experience real college and earn real college credits that matter (at no cost to them).

GEO is implementing this model in Indianapolis at the invitation of Indiana Black Expo and in Baton Rouge at the invitation of the State of Louisiana, New Schools for Baton Rouge and local leaders. We currently have 3,500 students on track to receive real college opportunities at no cost to them.

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)

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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.