For years, GEO’s high schools in Indiana, and now Louisiana, have produced high school graduates who have earned real college credits, degrees and certifications. Our students (Indy students pictured above) earn the degrees and certifications and our schools cover the cost of tuition, books, transportation, and academic supports. We’ve produced K-14 and K16 results with K-12 dollars.
For years, GEO has asked the legislature to recognize the efforts of our students.
Last night, Indiana’s House and Senate did that in a BIG WAY! They approved a budget that provides Academic Performance Grants of $1500 to all Indiana high schools for each student earning 30 college credits and $2500 for each graduate earning an associate degree while in high school.
This is terrific news! It places funding squarely on student performance and supports outcomes that matter to improving the lives of our students, the state’s economy and workforce. It also incentivizes all high schools in the state of Indiana to help students earn more than a high school diploma during their 4-years in high school. Our GEO students do this all the time.
The additional funds will of course support our students earning more college credits, degrees and certifications, but it will assist us in using more of our K12 dollars to remediate and support those who need additional help getting ready to start taking college courses.
I expect these new Academic Performance Grants to have a dramatic impact on growing the number of students graduating from our high schools having already earned real college degrees.
I want to thank Representative Jeff Thompson, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, for championing this effort at the statehouse. Great job!!!!
OK, Louisiana. You’re up next!
Founder & President
On May 17, GEO Next Generation High School Baton Rouge celebrated their first graduating class, including six students (pictured below) who have already earned an associate degree while in our high school and 40% of our graduates have earned a full year of college.