Bruce Springsteen and 21st Century Charter


What do our students at 21st Century Charter School in Gary, Indiana have in common with Bruce Springsteen? They were both on the front page of the Gary Post Tribune this week.

My friend Jerry Davich writes an excellent column about Springsteen’s Broadway show. And Post Tribune reporter Meredith Colias-Pete wrote a wonderful report about our high school students aspiring to earn college bachelor degrees while in our Gary school.

In a way, both articles are related. Davich writes that Springsteen looks at ghosts from the past to move forward. At 21st Century, we’ve looked at ghosts, too. Ghosts of traditional high schools with traditional or predictable and less than acceptable outcomes. That’s why we do things the way we do in Gary. Our fresh and updated approach gives students reasons to graduate from high school and the ability to complete college.

When we started our school in 2005, the local district had a 50% dropout rate. Our school posts graduation rates near or above 90% regularly. Why? Because our students have a reason to complete high school.

When we started, many students told me they were in school for the social scene (ok, they actually said “the girls”), others said they were in school to be on the basketball team. Very few said they were in school so that they could get ready for college. And, after studying the issue, it became quite apparent to me that we needed to change the dynamics. Kids needed to realize that they can go to college and they didn’t need someone telling them how important college is. They needed to see it and experience it for themselves. So, we started enrolling students in real college classes ON the college campus—not in our high school. It worked.

Our students now understand they can do college. And boy are they!!! We have nine students out of 63 seniors who will earn an Associate Degree in 2019 BEFORE they graduate from our high school. The state of Indiana reports our college and career readiness is the best in NW Indiana, even beating elite private schools, and competing with the best high schools statewide.

Families are now lining up to go to our school—we have more than 500 students on our wait list in Gary and we don’t advertise.

Our students are “Born in the USA” and “Born to Run” to use a couple titles from The Boss. And yes, our students are good enough to be The Boss some day. Their own boss. Their own company owners.

At GEO, we will do everything possible to support our students. We don’t believe high school students are too young to experience college. We believe they can be successful-and they are—and that yesterday’s traditions are exactly that…so yesterday! It’s a new year. I’m excited for tomorrow, for 2019.

Happy New Year!!


Aplica Ahora

Grade Level

GEO Prep Academy 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 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 Prep Academy inscribirá los grados K – 8o. Las escuelas están ubicadas en:

  • Grados K-2do – 4006 Platt, Baton Rouge, LA 70814
  • 3ro – 8vo Grados – 2311 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Para obtener información sobre cómo inscribirse en el actual año escolar, comuníquese con la escuela. Se puede contactar a ambas escuelas al número (225) 927-1500.

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Grade Level

GEO Prep Academy 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 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 Prep Academy will be enrolling grades K – 8. The schools are located at:

  • K-2nd Grades – 4006 Platt, Baton Rouge, LA 70814
  • 3rd – 8th Grades – 2311 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815

For information on enrolling this current school year, please contact the school. Both schools can be contacted at (225) 927-1500.