Hard Work From Gary, Indiana Students Inspire a Nation

Those of us who have been fighting for school choice for more than 30 years know all too well the stories of families with children stuck in dead-end schools. Just yesterday, I saw a headline about a school district in California that is called a “pipeline to prison.” I’ve heard this so many times over the past 30 years. Are these characterizations–“pipeline to prison”, “dead-end schools”–exaggerations?

In Gary, Indiana, on the northeast side of Indianapolis, and on the northeast side of Baton Rouge, challenges are plenty.

Just a week ago, several of my board members shared a horrific story of one of their friends (he was in his 70s) being shot dead at a local gas station at 8:30 in the morning by a couple of teenagers. Shocking and sad.

What’s the solution?

When I hear these stories of teenagers committing such horrific and senseless acts of crime, I have to attribute it to their lack of hope. They have no hope for their future, thus, senseless acts have no cost to them.

What happens if they have hope? How can we give them that hope? More of the same? I think not.

That’s why GEO schools are built differently. We are not a dead-end, nor are we a destination. We build our high schools to be launching pads (or pipelines, if you will) for students to taste and experience a bright future–at college and/or career centers. We don’t “hope” they succeed, we make sure they succeed by providing the support for students to take real college and career classes. Hope quickly turns into belief and renewed purpose in life. Our students succeed!

It is with this backdrop that I smile every time I see Arianna and Brianna get attention for their accomplishments in our Gary high school. These two best friends graduated in May having already earned more than a full two years of college. Arianna is headed to Howard University and Brianna is headed to the University of Kentucky next month.

Recently, Chalkbeat – a nationally recognized online journal of education reform – featured an essay written by Brianna. She shared that it was not easy earning a full associate degree while in high school, but it was “so worth it.”

Her best friend, Arianna, also earned a full associate degree while in our high school. She wants to set a good example for her younger sisters and she set a goal to get accepted into a top HBCU. Her dream is coming true, too. And this week, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools recognized Arianna’s accomplishments by featuring her in their Facebook and Twitter profiles of 2021 charter school graduates.

As I write this report, students in our Baton Rouge, Indianapolis, and Gary schools are spending their summers getting tutored and ready to take and/or have already taken the college entrance exams to qualify for Ivy Tech Community College and/or Baton Rouge Community College. These students want to do more and they are enrolling in our schools because they see real hope and opportunity for them, support from us, and they believe. We believe, too.

It is because of the example set by Arianna and Brianna, and so many other students in our schools, that I’m very optimistic for the future. Families are hearing about these students and their successes and our enrollment is bursting at the seams. We need a bigger rocket!

 

Sincerely,

Kevin Teasley

Founder & President

GEO Foundation

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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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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.