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Phalen Launches Tuition-Free Online K-12 School for Indiana Students

Phalen Leadership Academies has officially launched Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy (PLA Virtual), a new tuition-free online school catering to Indiana families grades K-12. With the tagline Empower. Accelerate. Achieve, the Academy works to accommodate families who are more comfortable with learning at home than returning to a traditional school environment while still offering strong social and emotional support. 


“The mission of the PLA Virtual Learning Academy is to ensure all students (who we call “scholars”) meet high academic and social standards, and thrive as leaders at home, in their communities and in the world,” said CEO and founder Earl Martin Phalen. “Our ultimate vision is that our scholars master key academic skills, demonstrate strong character, and excel above and beyond their peers in the district, and eventually the state.”


In the past, parents and scholars might have selected a virtual school for flexibility, one-on-one attention, opportunities to either remediate or accelerate, as well as student health and safety. PLA Virtual will offer all of these opportunities as well as an opportunity for families to engage in important social aspects of learning like participating in local school clubs, activities and athletics. 


In the wake of the current COVID-19 crisis, the demand for online school options have increased. Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy will help fulfill this need for scholars all across the state of Indiana.  PLA Virtual will provide high-quality e-learning through dynamic virtual classrooms where educators will provide real-time, personalized instruction to scholars. Dynamic learning programs will be incorporated into instructional time to enable scholars to master academic concepts at their own pace. Teachers will also facilitate small-group rotations across virtual classrooms, creating a uniquely rigorous and personalized learning experience for every scholar.


“The PLA Virtual instructional model was designed by highly successful educators who have decades of experience working with and improving the performance of students, grades K-12,” said Andrea Robinson, PLA Chief Academic Officer. “The PLA Virtual instructional model is evidence-based and focuses on instruction that is personalized, data-driven and optimizes scholar achievement in a virtual setting.”

PLA Virtual scholars will also engage in a variety of enrichment courses to support scholar creativity, exploration, and college and career readiness. Art, music, STEM, physical fitness, inspirational guest speakers, and field trips to college campuses, professional workplaces, museums, and cultural landmarks are among the exciting program activities available.

To ensure retention and success in the online environment, PLA Virtual offers multiple resources, tools, training, and support for scholars, teachers, and parents.

Indiana parents can enroll their K-12 scholars for the PLA Virtual Leadership Academy 2020-2021 school year by visiting June 8th  through August 1, 2020.