When I read what my friend Purdue President Mitch Daniels is doing at the high ed level, I get fired up to do similar things at the K12 level. For years, we (the country) have been complacent and willing to accept students spending 13 years in school (K-12) and ending up with a high school diploma. Today, many think they are innovative by increasing AP or IB or STEM programs (and the list goes on), but in the end, most high schoolers simply earn a high school diploma.

Not so in Gary, Indiana. Our students earn Associate Degrees (two years of college) in addition to their high school diploma with the same public dollars most others use to earn a high school diploma. One student earned her Bachelor’s degree (from Purdue). That’s Raven in the pic with Mitch above. She graduated from high school with a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue debt free! She is a reading interventionist at our school earning a salary, retirement, and has health and dental benefits. What were you doing at age 20? I was going into college debt. I had no job, no retirement, no heath care. Heck, I didn’t get my bachelor’s until I was 22. That was because that was tradition.

Five other students in our school are rejecting tradition and are currently working hard to follow in Raven’s footsteps. Nine of my seniors also reject traditional thinking and will graduate in 2019 with an Associate Degree (two years paid for). On average, my 2019 grads will each earn 20 college credits. The entire school rejects traditional thinking and traditional high school outcomes!!

21st Century Charter School in Gary, Indiana isn’t as big as Purdue, and I’m not a former governor of Indiana, but our efforts at the K12 level might be just as important as the efforts at Purdue. And, if others follow, imagine the impact we will have on families, household incomes, state revenues, poverty, crime, healthcare, and more. Remember, to get to higher education, you have to get through the K12 gauntlet first. And it is a gauntlet especially if you come from a community with high poverty and few opportunities. At our schools, we make sure you make it to higher education.

Sharing this with my small group of friends seems like throwing a pebble in the ocean but maybe by doing so, we can turn a ripple into a wave of reform at the K12 level where we no longer read about traditional outcomes on our latest generation IPhone. We don’t have rotary phones any more. We shouldn’t accept traditional K12 outcomes any more either. Help start the wave. Don’t just “like” this post. Share it. Thanks for reading. Onward!


Aplica Ahora

Grade Level

GEO Prep Mid City Academy utilizará el sistema en línea EnrollBR para el proceso de inscripción 2020-2021. 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-3er – 4006 Platt 1900 Lobdell Blvd., 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.