• "I think the difference between me and some people is that I'm content to do my little bit. Sometimes people think they have to do big things in order to make change. But if each one would light a candle we'd have a tremendous light."

    -Sister Thea Bowman of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

About Thea Bowman

  • Thea Bowman Leadership Academy (TBLA) is a tuition-free public charter 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, serving grades K-6. Each year, the next grade level was added until we reached the 12th grade. In 2007, the middle and high school campus was built. In 2020, we integrated the elementary campus into the middle/ high school campus and converted to a K-12 model.

Our Elementary School

    • Parent University
    • Afterschool Tutoring
    • Afterschool Activities
    • Intervention/Enrichment Block
    • Free Breakfast and Lunch Served Daily


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Our Middle/High School

    • SAT Preparation Program
    • High-Quality Athletic Program including Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Track & Field, Baseball
    • Reading and Math Intervention Programs
    • AP, DC, and CTE Course Offerings 

School Day Schedule

  • Doors open at 7:25 a.m.
    K-8: Enter Door G
    K-5: 8:00 am to 3:15 pm 6-8: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
    K-8 Breakfast: 7:25 a.m.-7:50 a.m.
    9-12: Enter Door C
    9-12: 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
    9-12 Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. to 8:25 a.m.

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