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 one beautiful campus. 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/ high school campus was built. In 2020, we integrated the elementary campus into the junior/ high school campus and converted to a K-12 model.

    Thea Bowman prides itself on 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-6) 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

Visit Us at our Middle/High School