Entrepreneurial Ventures in Education is a non-profit organization working to improve the educational performance and life opportunities of children who live in under-served communities. Our flagship program, Phalen Leadership Academies, is a school turnaround operator that works to transform underperforming schools into high-quality schools that children need and deserve.
Founded in 2013, PLA is currently serving over 5,000 children across 14 schools. Over 90% of PLA scholars are eligible for free school meals. We have developed a model that has successfully partnered with public schools and districts to raise student achievement, consistently transforming underperforming schools into A-rated schools. Our scholars experience significantly higher academic growth both at the local level and nationwide. Core pillars of the PLA model include rigorous curriculum; a coaching cycle that grows educators; daily enrichment opportunities; and authentic partnership with families.
At PLA, we believe that with the right education, all children can fulfill their tremendous innate potential.