GEO Receives $10 Million Challenge, Needs To Raise $700,000 in 30 Days


Dear Friends:

For the past five years, GEO Foundation has worked to provide “best in class” schools to low-income families in the Northeast corner of Baton Rouge, an area of the city where you find the worst performing traditional schools. And, we are succeeding.

The state recognized both our schools, where we serve more than 1200 students, as “Top Gains” schools last year. Indeed, both our schools earned an “A” from the state for preparing our students for success in high school. Quite simply put, this means the academic growth of our students is among the best in the state.

Our success has gained the important attention and support of the Board of Directors and leadership at New Schools Baton Rouge, the city’s most respected education reform-minded strategy and ecosystem-development organization. They not only accepted us in their portfolio of high performance schools (a portfolio that includes BASIS and IDEA schools, among others), they have afforded us several significant startup, expansion, and professional development grants–more than $600,000 so far.

New Schools for Baton Rouge (NSBR) is so supportive of our efforts and believes in the importance of our success so much that they are doing everything they can to help us build our next school. They recently recommended us to receive a loan from an exclusive and private lender, the Schola Building Fund, so that we can build our new high school (pictured above). The Schola Building Fund is a non profit private lender that provides high performing charter schools access to extremely low interest financing not available to the general public. I’ve built several schools and I’ve never seen rates and fees this low. Specifically, we have the opportunity to borrow $10 million if we can raise $1 million. And, NSBR is providing $300,000 toward that goal.

So, I need to raise $700,000 ASAP. Why ASAP? Because we plan to break ground in August on the building pictured above and be open for school in August 2020.

I know its a big ask, but I think we can do it. And we need to. We must!

Our new high school in Baton Rouge will replicate our extremely successful high school in Gary, Indiana. In Gary, we have students defying all odds and graduating from high school with full associate degrees; one earned her bachelor’s degree from Purdue while in our high school–a first in the country! This year’s graduating class is knocking it out of the park, too. Nearly 30 percent of our graduates have already earned either a two-year associates degree or a one-year career certificate in college–free of charge. They earn it, we pay for it.

Our college and career readiness rating as measured by the state is among the best in Indiana, too. Gary is one of the poorest districts in the entire state yet we already beat the college and career readiness rating of several of the richest districts in the state. We seek to replicate this success in Baton Rouge.

Once we reach our enrollment capacity in Baton Rouge, we will serve another 650 high school students. We recently reached a partnership agreement with Baton Rouge Community College, too. While the new school building won’t be complete until August 2020, we will open this August with 100 freshmen, and they will start taking college classes in June. Yes, this is happening. Believe.

So, if you are a regular reader of my emails, I don’t usually ask for support. But today, I am. In fact, its 3 a.m. and I’m up writing this message because its so important that we reach our goal. I’m fired up but I need your help. Can I count on it? I hope so. Any and all contributions to GEO Foundation are tax deductible as we are fully recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 tax deductible organization.

If you are not in a position to help, please consider sharing this information with someone, an individual, corporation, or foundation who might. Thank you for your consideration!

Below is a picture of our students receiving a college orientation at LSU earlier this year and a picture of our Board Chair, Linda Johnson, former chair of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, who was sharing why she believes so much in our school at a recent luncheon.


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.