About Us

​The George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies (PLA) is a nonprofit network of ​high quality, tuition-free ​public schools ​that help children excel in their academics and grow as well-rounded individuals.

​In Indianapolis, fewer than 60% of children can read, write and compute proficiently. At PLA, where the vast majority of our students come from underserved communities, scholars increased their reading and math proficiency to 88%. ​

​​At PLA, scholars have a safe and caring learning environment. We only hire educators who truly care about our students and families. Our scholars  grow socially, emotionally, and physically through art, music, physical fitness, college campus visits, scholar-led community service projects and more. ​ ​​Scholars have access to state-of-the-art facilities equipped with the latest technology, providing 1-to-1 access to laptops and award-winning educational software.

We believe that with the right education, all children can ​fulfill their ​tremendous ​innate potential​.


Enroll Your Child

If you are interested in setting up your child for future success, enroll your child today​. We are currently enrolling scholars in grades K-3.​ We are located at 2323 North Illinois Street in Indianapolis. Space is limited, apply online or call us at (317) 333-6980.


PLA Career Event

Join us and learn more about PLA and employment opportunities in our network!

This event is open to school principals, K-6 teachers, special education teachers, enrichment teachers (art, music, P.E.), Spanish teachers, and teacher’s assistants. Participants must bring a resume to submit at onsite event registration. This event includes:

If you would like to RSVP or have any questions, please contact careers@phalenacademies.org.


New Partnership with IPS

PLA is pleased to announce a new “Innovation School” partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) called PLA@103. Innovation Network Schools were made possible by a 2014 state law giving IPS the authority to replace chronically under-performing schools with high-quality, autonomous public schools within the school district.

PLA was chosen by the IPS board to take leadership of Francis Scott Key Elementary School (IPS #103), beginning fall, 2015. We are very excited about the opportunity to serve children at School 103.

For more information, please click here and read our FAQ. We look forward to partnering with families and IPS to provide a high quality education to children at School 103.


Recent News

PLA Highlighted by Indianapolis Business Journal as Lawmakers Push for More Innovation Network Schools April 23, 2015

PLA Scholars Master IREAD-3 April 17, 2015

PLA@103 Principal Marlon Llewellyn- Once a Ball State Linebacker, Now an Education Leader March 20, 2015

WFYI Interview: Marlon Llewellyn Talks About Leading The First IPS ‘Innovation’ School March 16, 2015

Phalen Model Welcome at IPS School March 12, 2015

IPS Selects Francis Scott Key #103 as First-Ever ‘Innovation Network School’ March 4, 2015