Enrollment at James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy

Dear Parents,

  • Welcome to the A-rated James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy where the Falcons soar! At JRP, our scholars utilize hands-on learning with dedicated teachers in small class sizes. We offer sports and competitive athletics, career training, credit recovery; and we provide a well-rounded learning experience for each of our scholars. We aim to create a welcoming environment for our scholars, parents, and families. 

    At JRP, we believe our parents are our most important partners in achieving scholar growth and success. We actively work to partner with you to ensure your scholar receives an exceptional education. Together, we can help our scholars learn, grow, thrive, and fulfill their tremendous innate potential!art

    Here are a few more ways we work to partner with our families:


    • Getting your scholar to and through college with college and career readiness and scholarship support.
    • Integrating technology into our daily curriculum and providing iPads/ Chromebooks to every scholar.
    • High-quality athletics programming and extracurricular activities.
    • PLA University: Choose your path! Any PLA family member qualifies for free job training and placement at PLA University. Start a new career in Health & Life Sciences, Information Technology, Advance Manufacturing, Entrepreneurship, or Supply Chain & Logistics. Apply today at PLAUniversity.org.
    • Sean Cowdrey Health and Wellness Complex: Get access to quality childcare, health and wellness, youth sports, STEAM programming, and more.
    • PLA Arts and Cultural Center: Our campus is home to the only arts & cultural center on Indy’s Far Eastside. At the center, our scholars and community members can experience a true art infusion as producers, editors, and owners of their own artistic works. 
    • Summer Advantage: A nationally recognized summer learning program that is offered to our 6th, 7th and 8th grade scholars at no cost. Summer Advantage, not to be confused with summer school, offers rigorous, research-based academic instruction and a wide variety of hands-on enrichment classes to improve student achievement and continue to transform learning throughout the summer. Participants receive two healthy meals a day, daily recreation, and an exciting environment where they can flourish academically and build confidence as leaders.   


      • In addition, scholars participate in field trips, college campus visits, college prep, and scholar-led community service projects. Through innovative learning experiences, scholars gain confidence that supports their success when they return to school in the fall. This program is free for PLA schools and scholars across the country. Learn more at SummerAdvantage.org.

Enrollment Checklist

  • Before beginning your online enrollment application, please make sure you have all required enrollment documents. This ensures our enrollment team has everything they need to get you and your scholar started on the path to success at James & Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy! We look forward to partnering with you.

    Ready to enroll? Click here to get started.

    To enroll, please visit JRP’s campus to complete your application. Before completing application, please ensure you have these documents on hand.



  • School Health & Nutrition

    At James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy, all students are provided a healthy, nutritious breakfast and lunch at no cost through the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program.
    If your student has an allergy or needs a food accommodation, please complete a meal accommodation form and return back to the school nurse. All meal accommodation forms must include a physician signature.
    School Wellness 

    Click HERE to review the Wellness Policy. All stakeholders are able to participate in the development, review, update, and implementation of the Local School Wellness Policy. For more information or upcoming review meetings, please contact the school office or click the link below regarding upcoming events.
    Summer Meals 

    When school is not in session, the Summer Meals Program (SFSP) provides free meals to kids and teens in low-income areas. Click the link below to quickly and easily find summer meal sites near you. 


    Non-Discrimination Statement
    In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

    Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

    To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


    Food Service Management Company (FSMC) Request for Proposals (RFP)

    This solicitation is for the purpose of entering into a contract for the operation of a food service program for Phalen Academy, herein after referred to as the School Food Authority (SFA). The bidder is herein referred to as the Food Service Management Company (FSMC). The final contract will be between the FSMC and SFA.

    A meeting with interested bidders to review the specifications, to clarify any questions, and for a virtual walk-through of the facilities with school officials will be held on May 10, 2024, at 10:00 AM ET via a Teams meeting link. Attendance is optional. Virtual meeting details and materials may be obtained by contacting Paul Farrington at pfarrington@phalanacademies.org or (317) 797-8078 and Jenna Foster at jenna@sfwgroup.org or (504) 370-76235.

    The comprehensive RFP can be found on the PLA website at: FSMC RFP SY 2024-2025. 

    Proposals are to be submitted to: Phalen Academy c/o Paul Farrington 4352 N Mitthoefer Rd Indianapolis, IN 46235 Public opening of proposals will be held virtually at 2:00 PM ET, May 24, 2024. Proposals will not be accepted after this time. Proposals are to be submitted in a sealed envelope marked Food Service Management Company Bid or by emailing pfarrington@phalenacademies.org with the subject line Food Service Management Company Bid. Virtual meeting details and materials may be obtained by contacting Paul Farrington at pfarrington@phalenacademies.org and Jenna Foster at jenna@sfwgroup.org

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    Regional Director at George & Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy

    Executive Director Nicole Fama


    • Greeting and welcome to JRPLA! I am filled with joy and anticipation about the continued progress, social and emotional growth, and academic success of our amazing scholars. Our core value, "Children First," embodies our commitment to nurturing the whole child and creating a supportive learning environment. I am honored to serve as your Principal and continue our journey towards excellence. 

      -Principal Nicole Fama


      High School Assistant Principal Troy Lane


      JRPLA Families and Community,

      I couldn't be happier to work as a part of the Phalen Leadership Academies team and serve the scholars, families, and community of the Far Eastside of Indianapolis. The scholars here at JRPLA are the most loyal, compassionate, and resourceful young adults you will find anywhere in the world. I am proud to say I have been here since the first day of JRPLA and I can't wait to continue to improve on what we have already accomplished in the years to come.
      -Assistant Principal Troy Lane


      Middle School Assistant Principal Ryan Smith


      Welcome to James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy! It is my sincere pleasure and honor to be an administrator of this wonderful organization. JRPLA enjoys a rich history of cultural excellence that is the result of a strong partnership between the school, staff, scholars, parents, and the community. I am honored to provide leadership that will positively impact the staff and support the continued academic, social, and emotional growth of each of our scholars on a daily basis. 


      “Leadership is not about being in charge, it’s about taking care of those in your charge.”  Simon Sinex


      -Assistant Principal Ryan Smith




      Assistant Principal of Climate and Culture William Berry




      It is my honor and privilege to be the assistant principal of climate and culture at James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy, home of the Falcons! We take great pride at JRP in doing everything we can to help every scholar succeed in and outside the classroom. Our success does not happen by chance, our staff make the difference in the building. The staff at JRP is extremely dedicated to building positive relationships with our scholars, parents, and the community. We are focused on providing each scholar with the best educational experience possible as they prepare for their future. Please join us in making sure your childs scholastic experience is meaningful and rewarding by the time they graduate from JRP. 


      -Assistant Principal Mr. William Berry




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