About Us

The George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies (PLA) is a nonprofit network of high quality public schools that help children (whom we call “scholars”) excel in their academics and grow as well- rounded individuals. PLA was founded in order to serve children who have historically not had access to a high-quality education. We achieve this by providing high quality schools for underserved students and transforming underperforming schools into the high-quality schools that our children deserve. PLA currently serves nearly 4,000 children across 10 schools in Indiana and Michigan, where the vast majority of children are African American and come from low-income communities.

The PLA educational model utilizes best practices in data-driven instruction and differentiated learning to deliver instruction in core subjects, creating a uniquely rigorous and personalized learning experience for every child. Children who are behind academically receive the daily, personalized attention that they need to accelerate their progress towards proficiency. This data-driven model, utilizing rigorous curricula and small-group and one-to-one intervention, has been the core engine for raising the academic achievement of our scholars. A wide range of learning opportunities help scholars explore their interests, reinforce core subject skills in hands-on projects, increase awareness of possible career paths, and see the relevance of their learning to their lives. This may include hands-on enrichment courses in the arts, STEM, culture & citizenship, and cultural history, supplemented with out-of-class opportunities that build excitement for college and careers.

Our ultimate vision 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​.

Inquire Today About Enrolling Your Child at a PLA School

If you are interested in setting your child up for future success, inquire today about enrolling your child at a PLA school:

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 became 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 videos below.

Recent News

NBC Highlights PLA Founder & CEO Earl Martin Phalen April 6, 2018

PLA Approved by Central Michigan University to Create New Charter School for Children in Michigan February 19, 2018

PLA@103 and PLA@93 Highlighted for Pioneering “Innovation School” Approach October 19, 2017

Watch: Earl Martin Phalen on the Importance of Love in Helping Scholars Achieve Their Full Potential October 17, 2017

WFYI Highlights “A”-Rated PLA@103, PLA@93, and Other Innovation Schools October 5, 2017

Watch: Principal Agnes Aleobua Discusses PLA@103′s Transformation into “A” Rated School October 5, 2017