GEO Academy at Grant Union High School

SACOG Salutes! Award Winner Mary Brill Youth Excellence

Established four years ago in partnership with the Health Education Council, the GEO Academy engages high school students with real-world projects that foster community, critical thinking, and appreciation of the environment and natural resources.

The curriculum offers outdoor learning and hands-on experiences. Their best-known project, a branded salsa sold at farmer’s markets and in gourmet grocery stores, provides agricultural production, processing, and business experience. In a testament to its relevance, the GEO Academy has a 100 percent graduation rate.

The GEO Academy integrates rural-urban connections in every lesson so students gain exposure to agricultural, environmental and green-business careers.