Reflections 21 Years After Forbes Article – More than 1,000 Graduates

Hard to believe it was 21 years ago this weekend that Forbes Magazine surprised me with a full-page article on the work we were doing at GEO Foundation in support of school choice. Those were fun times…and productive. I had more hair, too.

It was also 21 years ago that we stopped talking about school choice and started providing a choice–through charter schools. In August 2001, we opened our doors to our first students. In May this year, we will celebrate graduating more than 1,000 students from our schools, too. We’ve come a long way.

It’s fun to read the Forbes article and see how far the country has come since, too. Forbes reports in 2001, the nation had three states and two cities providing choice through vouchers. Today, according to EdChoice.org, there are 76 choice programs–tax credits, vouchers, ESAs in 32 states–serving 608,000 students. And, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, there are 44 states operating with charter schools serving more than 3.4 million students.

School choice is definitely on the rise.

GEO Foundation originated in 1996 under the name of American Education Reform Foundation in my living room. In 1998, I started GEO and AERF is now the American Federation for Children. In 2001, GEO started our first charter school.

No matter what type of school, or choice you support, your support is appreciated and it is making a difference.
In our work, I’m encouraged by our own enrollment growth to 3,500 this year, student retention rates in our schools (80% or better year over year), our graduation rates (90% or better every year, beating the state average) and yes, the number of college credits, degrees and career certifications each of our high school graduates earn while in our high school (29 credits on average for our 2022 graduates). And, I’m encouraged by recent growth in “early colleges” across the country.

This all leads to more good news–alums graduating from college, getting jobs, buying their first cars, homes and starting a family of their own. In short, they are becoming productive members of society. And yes, I get to witness this every year. So much fun.

That’s what it’s like in the grassroots. That’s where policy becomes reality. Thanks for joining me on this journey. You matter.

Sincerely,

Kevin Teasley
Founder & President
GEO Foundation

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GEO Next Generation High School Indianapolis utilizará el sistema en línea Inscríbete Indy para el proceso de inscripción 2021-2022. Inscríbete Indy 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 necesitan seguir las instrucciones a continuación para registrarse para el año escolar 2021-2022.

  1. Haga clic aquí para ir directamente a la página de nuestra escuela.
  2. Haga clic en   la esquina superior derecha para seleccionar como su “favorita” y comenzar el proceso de solicitud.
  3. Serás redirigido al Portal Inscríbete Indy. Allí configurará una cuenta y comenzará a llenar su aplicación.
  4. Necesitará un correo electrónico. Si no tiene uno, aquí le brindamos instrucciones que le ayudaran a configurar una cuenta de gmail de Google. Haga clic aquí
  5. 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 Indianapolis estará matriculando los grados 9o-11o. La escuela está ubicada en 4002 N. Franklin Road, Indianápolis, IN 46236. Para obtener más información para inscribirse en este año escolar actual, comuníquese con la escuela al numero de teléfono (317) 608-6220.

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GEO Next Generation High School Indianapolis will be utilizing the Enroll Indy online system for the 2021-2022 enrollment process.  Enroll Indy 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 our school’s page.
  2. Click the top right to select us as your “favorite” and begin the application process.
  3. You will be redirected to Enroll Indy Portal.   There you will set up an account and begin your application
  4. 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
  5. For instructions on completing the enrollment application beforehand Click Here

For the 2021-2022 school year, GEO Next Generation High School Indianapolis will be enrolling grades 9-12.  The school is located at 4002 N. Franklin Road, Indianapolis, IN  46236.  For information on enrolling this current school year, please contact the school at (317) 608-6220.