About Us

In the spring of 2012, the George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies were approved by the Indiana Charter School Board to open 10 Academies throughout Indiana. Referred to as PLA (Phalen Leadership Academies), this network of high-performing schools will provide a high quality education to nearly 10,000 children annually in Indiana.

Founded by President Obama’s Harvard classmate and national education reformer, Earl Martin Phalen, the first Leadership Academy opened its doors in August 2013, serving children grades K-2. Each Academy will eventually serve scholars in grades K-8.

The Leadership Academies are named after our founder’s parents, George and Veronica Phalen, who were committed to family, education and social justice, and who believed in the equality and limitless potential of all. PLA is proud to carry on their legacy.


Our First School

The George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy, the  first school in the PLA network, opened its doors on August 19, 2013. The school is located at 2323 North Illinois Street in Indianapolis. You can reach the school by calling (317) 333-6980.


Recent News

Lemonade Day at Phalen Leadership Academies

Michigan Alumni, Former NFL Players Return to Support Children’s Causes

PLA Fitness Program Featured on Fox 59′s “Strong Schools” Segment

PLA Scholars Practice Leadership Skills

PLA Scholars Make Impressive Academic Gains

First Daniels Foundation Grant Goes to PLA and Summer Advantage

Indianapolis Star Features PLA

Indianapolis’ education landscape is bustling with energy & activity. Check out this video from The Mind Trust to see how: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvvj5G9Ft38