PLA has a proven track record of raising academic achievement. Our model has successfully transformed five F-rated schools into A-rated schools. Our scholars consistently improve their state test scores each year; surpass their peers in their home district; and achieve some of the highest academic growth in the regions we serve. PLA’s first school, the George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy (“GVPLA”), opened in 2013. Based on strong performance at GVPLA, PLA was selected to turn around two of Indianapolis Public Schools’ (IPS) lowest-performing schools, School #103 and School #93. After taking leadership of School #103, scholars achieved significant academic growth, and PLA@93 has ranked among schools with the highest gains in Central Indiana for two consecutive years. In 2016-17, PLA@103 and PLA@93 ranked #4 and #5 in the district for strongest growth – with 8.2% and 8.1% increases in state test score proficiency growth respectively. Both schools are now A-rated, for the first time in decades.
Building on these successes, PLA is now working to expand its turnaround model to help more children in chronically low-performing schools excel. Our ultimate goal is that scholars master key academic skills and demonstrate strong character, as exhibited by: honesty, service to others, a superior work ethic, and a strong vision for and belief in their futures. We believe that with the right education, all children can fulfill their tremendous innate potential.
Proven Model for Partnering with Schools to Achieve Success
PLA has a proven model for partnering with schools to improve student achievement. Below, please find some of the results our model has achieved:
- Transformed multiple underperforming schools into “A” rated schools;
- Increased scholars’ state test passing rate in English Language Arts and math by 11% in one year; and
- Ranked among the top 10 schools in the district in the 2016-17 school year in terms of growth on the state test.