Welcome to Thea Bowman Leadership Academies

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  • Thea Bowman Leadership Academy (TBLA) is a tuition-free public school located in Gary, Indiana. Our academies focus on providing an outstanding educational experience for grades K-12 on two beautiful campuses. Thea Bowman was established by the Drexel Foundation for Educational Excellence in 2003, K-6. In 2004, 7th grade was added. Each year the next grade level was added until we reached the 12th grade. In 2007, the junior and high school campus was built.

    Thea Bowman prides itself in engaging scholars in rigorous & robust curricula and instruction, affording students a college prep curriculum, a high-quality STEM program and a plethora of dual credit course offerings.

Our Elementary School

  • Our elementary school (K-7) is working to become a world-class model for high performance urban schools preparing all students for academic success and leadership roles in a global society.

    We offer:

    • Leadership Training
    • Annual Parent Summit
    • Parent University
    • Afterschool Tutoring
    • Intervention/Enrichment Block
    • Afterschool activities

    Contact us at 219.883.4826.

    Thea Bowman Leadership Academy Scholars studying on laptops in class.

Our Middle/High School

  • Our Middle and High School's 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 Offer:

    • Brother Mentor Teacher Mock Trial & Mentoring Program
    • High-Quality Athletic Program including Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Track & Field, Baseball
    • New and Improved Music, Performing & Visual Arts, and Dance Program
    • 14 Recipients of the newly-created “City of Gary” Scholarships – Partnership between City of Gary and Majestic Star Casinos
    • Home of a Lilly Endowment Scholarship Recipient

    Contact us at  219.944.3100


    Thea Bowman Leadership Academy Scholars working on desktop computers in class.

Visit us at TBLA Elementary

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