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.

​​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. As a result, ​100% of our third grade scholars passed the IREAD-3, demonstrating their proficiency in reading.

Our mission is to ensure that each of our scholars meet high academic and social standards, and thrive as leaders at home, in their communities, and in the world.

Our ultimate goal is that our 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​.

Now Accepting Scholar Enrollment Applications

If you are interested in setting up your child for future success, we are currently accepting scholar enrollment applications for 2017-2018 in grades K-6 at the George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy; PLA@103, and PLA@93. Space is limited, click here or call us at (317) 333-6980. PLA also manages Thea Bowman Leadership Academy, a K-12 public charter school located in Gary, IN. If you are interested in enrolling your child at our Gary school, please click here.

The McKinney-Vento Act protects scholars from discrimination based on their lack of a permanent residence. Homeless Scholars are eligible to receive a variety of services including: transportation services, free meals under the school nutrition programs, limited English proficiency class, gifted and talented programs, and special education services based on a scholar’s eligibility. Homeless Scholars will not be denied enrollment based on lack of proof of residency. Please consult the McKinney-Vento Act Liaison if you need assistance. The McKinney-Vento Act Liaisons for the PLA Network are the Principals.

PLA Network does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability or national origin in any employment and/or educational opportunity. No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to unlawful discrimination in any program or activity for which the PLA Network Board is responsible or for which it receives financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. PLA Network values diversity and the benefits of different perspectives and backgrounds. Complaints of Discrimination should be directed to humanresources@phalenacademies.org

Partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools

As a result of strong scholar performance at the George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy, PLA was invited to take leadership of Indianapolis Public School #103 in 2015. School #103 remains part of the IPS district, but is led by PLA as an Innovation Network School. “PLA@103″ has achieved a remarkable transformation. The learning environment is now safe, fun, loving, and enriching. We have also seen increased engagement from parents and the community, with enrollment increasing by more than 50%. Additionally, the number of students passing Indiana’s third grade reading proficiency exam (or “IREAD”) on the first take increased by 32% in 2015-16 — one of the highest increases in the state that year.

As a result of these successes, PLA was also invited to lead IPS School #93 as an Innovation Network School in 2016. In its first year, PLA@93 had 11% growth on ISTEP ELA and math – this was the highest growth of any school in Central Indiana. PLA@93 also moved from a state rated failing school, to an “A-rated” school for the first time in decades.

We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with families and IPS to provide a high quality education to children at Schools #103 and #93. For more information about this unique partnership, or to learn more about what an Innovation Network School is, please read our FAQ or watch the video below.

AmeriCorps and Phalen Leadership Academies

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We are partnering with the state’s AmeriCorps agency and the Corporation for National and Community Service to harness the power of national service to serve children and families in Indianapolis, Indiana. By serving in Phalen Leadership Academies schools, AmeriCorps Members will help children raise their academic performance and gain confidence and character, in addition to engaging families and the community more deeply in our children’s education. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or, in most instances, religion. To view our Grievance Policy, please click here.

Recent News

CBS Highlights How STEM Learning Comes to Life for PLA Scholars Through STEMNASIUM LEARNING Academy March 8, 2017

PLA Scholars Build Drones, Mobile Apps, and Excitement for STEM Fields February 22, 2017

Happy New Year from PLA! A Look Back at Our Scholars’ Progress January 19, 2017

PLA@93 Scholars Achieve Highest ISTEP Growth in Indianapolis December 12, 2016

Thea Bowman Leadership Academy Moves Forward, Led by PLA June 28, 2016

WFYI Highlights How PLA and the Glick Family are Investing in the Success of Children and Families at PLA@103 June 28, 2016