Thea Bowman Leadership Academy has been providing quality
education near downtown Gary since our founding in 2003. Our belief
statement and educational
- All students are educable and can succeed.
- Education of all children takes place in many places and
through the efforts of many individuals. Parents are the
first teachers and classroom teachers play a most significant
role. Education takes place, however, in other places and through
a variety of delivery systems. Communities and organizations play
roles as educators. The media, for good and ill, educate;
computer technology and the Internet educate as well.
Museums, zoo, libraries are also educators of the young.
- There is no one best way to educate all children.
Children have different learning styles and capacities and
different ways of learning.
- Children need schools that provide the necessary
ingredients of love, respect, attention, discipline,
encouragement, honesty, and good adult examples and role
- The overall purposes of education are to provide young
people with the foundation to be educated and cultured adults who
can enjoy a full life, participate successfully in an economy of
opportunity, and be knowledgeable, active participants in a free,
- All students have the potential for "leadership" in some
area of their lives and that potential can be systematically
taught and developed.
- We believe that innovation simply for the sake of change
or to be "different" is not only unnecessary but unsound.
Innovation that enhances the achievement of basic educational
goals is appropriate. Often doing what is of perhaps old and
proven success is more effective.
- The study and implementation of proven "best practices"
research is essential to the forward movement and success of any
- All students will become grade proficient in reading,
writing, mathematical computation, computer literacy, critical
- All students will develop a sense of self worth.
- All students will develop a sense of reciprocal obligation
to family, school, community and their country.
- All students will develop an appreciation for the various
viewpoints, races, religions, and ethnic origins of our
- All students will develop the knowledge, skills, work
attitudes and habits which will allow them to become productive
members of the American global economy.
Ball State University
Drexel Foundation of Gary
American Quality Schools Inc.
Thea Bowman Leadership Academy Charter School, through its
commitment to the highest educational, ethical and management
standards, will become a model in Indiana for high performance
urban schools which prepare all students for academic success and
leadership roles in their community.
What are public charter schools? Simply, they are public
schools operated by a local group. Charter schools are designed and operated by
private citizens, called organizers, who seek to educate the students enrolled
in a specialized way. The contract is awarded by an authorizer (sometimes called
the sponsor) established by state law. In Indiana, the mayor of Indianapolis,
some local school boards and Ball State University are the current official
authorizers. Public school funding follows the students enrolled in the charter
school. The organizers can decide how that money is to be spent, the curriculum,
the staff and the teaching method.
The emphasis of Thea Bowman Leadership Academy is academic
excellence. The basic curriculum is the Core Knowledge Sequence which outlines
specific themes to be taught simultaneously across all the disciplines to
provide a solid, coherent foundation for learning. The instructional method
utilizes the Paidei school principles which include student-centered classrooms,
self-governing students poised for lifelong learning, technology integrated into
each content area. Manipulatives are emphasized as well as Socratic seminars and
nurturing in the fine arts, music, physical education. Like the different sweets
in a candy store, due to its smaller size, a charter school can shape the
curriculum to the exact needs of its student body.
The organizers of the Thea Bowman Academy believe that
educated citizens emerge as the true leaders of a community. Consequently,
throughout the curriculum and daily activities of the school, the concept of
leadership will be central to student learning and action. Since another basic
belief is that the true leader is one who serves his fellow man, civic and
family leadership will be emphasized in the early grades, and an introduction to
business, professional and entrepreneurial leadership in the upper grades.