About Us

​The George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies (PLA) is a 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 for the 2014-15 school year.​ Space is limited, enroll today.

​We are located at 2323 North Illinois Street in Indianapolis. You can reach the school by calling (317) 333-6980.


College Scholarship Opportunities

It is never too early to be planning for your child’s future. We are excited to share three amazing scholarships that can help your child attend and graduate college.

You can apply to these programs for your child. If accepted, s/he can get money to attend school, extra support and guidance, special honors, and more. Your child could even attend college for free! Click the links below to find out more and for contact information:

If you would like assistance filling out these scholarship applications, we are here to help: contact Lauren Peterson, PLA Community Outreach Coordinator at (317) 333-6980 and dial extension 1006, or email lpeterson@phalenacademies.org.


Recent News

IU School of Education at IUPUI honors PLA teacher, other alumni as ‘Transformational Educators’ November 25, 2014

Watch: PLA Fortunate to Have Tremendous Partners Like Eli Lilly and Co, Who are Deeply Committed to the Education of Children in Indianapolis September 30, 2014

Colts Safety, Mike Adams, Has a Productive Day With the Kids at Phalen Leadership Academy September 24, 2014

Three Fellowships Awarded to Create ‘Innovation’ Public Schools in Indianapolis June 27, 2014

How 4 Educators Plan to Turn Around Indianapolis Public Schools June 27, 2014

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