The George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies (PLA) is a nonprofit network of high quality, tuition-free public schools that help children excel in their academics and grow as well-rounded individuals. At PLA, scholars have a safe and caring learning environment. We only hire educators who truly care about our students and families. Our scholars grow socially, emotionally, and physically through art, music, physical fitness, college campus visits, scholar-led community service projects and more. Scholars have access to state-of-the-art facilities equipped with the latest technology, providing 1-to-1 access to laptops and award-winning educational software. As a result, 100% of our third grade scholars passed the IREAD-3, demonstrating their proficiency in reading. Our mission is to ensure that each of our scholars meet high academic and social standards, and thrive as leaders at home, in their communities, and in the world. Our ultimate goal 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 believe that with the right education, all children can fulfill their tremendous innate potential.