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The GEO Model Goes National

on Thursday, 15 June 2017 03:48

GEO was pleased to be invited by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools to present our model at their national charter school conference this month. The national media spotlight on our students earning college degrees before graduating from high school has caught fire among those wanting to do more for their students and looking for innovative, cost effective ways to do it.

We live in an uncertain world, but there are at least some universal truths — like the fact that, in order to go to college, you have to graduate high school. Or so we thought. 18-year-old Raven Osborne blew that notion to pieces when she earned her college degree two weeks before graduating high school (which she’ll do as a straight-A student and class valedictorian).

And here’s the kicker: It was all free, thanks to a program offered through her high school, 21st Century Charter School in Gary, Indiana. 21st Century is a free public school, and one of six charter schools around the country run by the GEO Foundation, which aims to provide students in impoverished neighborhoods with access to quality education. GEO not only funds its students’ college classes, but also pays for the books and transportation.

It's graduation time of the year and boy is it busy! Yesterday, we had college signing day in Gary, Indiana. A great day to celebrate all of our students being accepted to college and committing to finishing college. The Chicago Tribune filed this news report on the festivities in Gary.

We will be celebrating college signing day in Colorado Springs May 23rd. The Colorado Springs ABC affiliate, KRDO, filed this news report May 10th on our Pikes Peak Prep college program. Our seniors have earned an average of 34 college credits prior to graduating from high school this year.

A high school senior in Colorado Springs is accomplishing much more than the average traditional student.
He’s completed his first two years of college for free before graduating high school. He owes his academic success to his charter school that’s paid for his college tuition.

People Magazine: Student Graduates From College Two Weeks Before High School Graduation: "I Didn't Want to Waste Any Time." 

When Raven Osborne was in third grade, her teacher told her that the classwork was too hard for her and she wasn’t an A student.

Well, Osborne certainly proved that teacher wrong.

The 18-year-old just picked up her college diploma — two weeks before she even graduates from high school, and she’s doing it as a straight-A student and valedictorian.

Indiana Teen Graduates from College before getting high school diploma

I graduate from college on May 5," she told CBS News' Jericka Duncan.
But when does she graduate from high school? May 22.

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