Indiana Black Expo President and board chair for the school, Tanya Mckinzie is a major reason GEO Next Generation High School Indianapolis was opened. Hearing about GEO’s highly successful 21st Century Charter School in Gary prompted her to visit Gary in 2019. During the visit, she witnessed 50% of the students going to real college courses at Ivy Tech, IUN and Purdue NW. After meeting a 21st Century Charter School alum who earned a full bachelor’s degree from Purdue while attending the High School – at no cost to her – Ms. Mckinzie was convinced Indianapolis needed a school modeled after 21st Century Charter School. She met with GEO Foundation, a local non-profit organization and convinced them to bring this model to Indianapolis. GEO Next Generation High School Indianapolis was formed and opened in the fall of 2020.
GEO Next Generation High School truly launches area high school students towards a successful college and career path by immersing them in real college and career classes on area college campuses at no cost to them. The school pays all college tuition, textbooks, provides transportation and staff support. Students are capable of doing so much more than traditional high school work. GEO Next Gen HS provides the opportunity to jump the achievement gap – not close it.
GEO Academies believes poverty can be beaten through high quality education and bring independence and freedom to students in impoverished inner-city neighborhoods through their own achievements.