21st Century Charter School at Gary recently celebrated its Honor Roll students with an Academic Pep Rally on Friday, November 13, 2015, highlighting their efforts in school and determination to excel in high school and prepare for higher education. Principal Anthony Cherry states, “It’s important for our students to know that their academic success is celebrated and respected at school and in the community. It’s important for students to know that being smart and going to college is the COOL thing to do.”
21st Century Charter School at Gary encourages its high school students to challenge themselves through college classes at Ivy Tech Community College, with 21st Century paying for tuition, books, and transportation for all college classes. So far, six 21st Century Charter school students have earned their Associate’s degrees from Ivy Tech through 21st Century Charter School, allowing them to save time and money.
One of the school’s 2014 graduates plans to graduate from Ball State University in May of 2016 with a degree in Actuarial Science and plans to pursue a Master’s degree! Her mother, a school employee, was inspired by her daughter’s educational success and independently earned her Associate’s degree, cum laude, and received a full scholarship to attend Purdue University!
21st Century Charter School at Gary not only provides a challenging academic environment for students, the school has a STEM focus to graduate students that are ready to compete in a 21st Century environment. The school Robotics club, which regularly competes on a state-wide level, allows students to explore engineering and robotics in high school and fuel career interests. Participation in music, art, and sports is also encouraged as a part of a well-rounded 21st Century Charter School education.