About JRLA

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) is an open enrollment, public charter high school on the Northwest side of Detroit. The Academy began its first academic year in September 2011 and currently serves over 400 ninth through twelfth grade students from metro-Detroit. JRLA provides a leadership-focused education that engages and inspires youth to achieve at the rigorous level necessary to ultimately graduate with a college degree. Students are provided with real-world and project-based experiences and will receive extensive college exposure and course opportunities through a partnership with the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). Immersed in the culture of college, they will have the opportunity to take university courses as upperclassmen to ensure a seamless transition for college entry.  As a Michigan Future Schools initiative grant recipient, the Academy recognizes their expectation of 85% high school graduation, 85% college enrollment, and 85% college graduation, and will meet or exceed these standards. 

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JRLA Vision: Education in Detroit must play a critical role in transforming the community into a more vibrant intellectual and economic landscape. Jalen Rose Leadership Academy will lead that transformation by providing a vigorous quality education that will empower and enable our future leaders to make a substantial contribution to the growth and revitalization of the great city of Detroit.

JRLA Mission: The mission of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) is to provide a leadership-focused experience within a high-performing high school that engages and inspires Detroit area youth to achieve at the rigorous level necessary to ultimately graduate with a college degree and thrive in life. 

In the coming school year, students will experience:
*A management team with a proven track record of graduating more than 90% of their students from high school, enrolling more than 90% in college, and preparing students to score high on the ACT
*A rigorous college prep academic program where students are prepared not only to get into college, but to complete college and earn a degree
*An extended school day and school year to compete with peers in a global economy and succeed in college
*Extensive college exposure and dual enrollment opportunities through a partnership with the University of Detroit Mercy
*A Summer Exploration Program with college visits, internships and enrichment opportunities
*An Advisor for every student who works with the student and his/her family over all four years of high school to keep them on track to succeed
*A strict discipline policy to create a culture where students can learn and feel secure
*A safe learning environment in a small school setting
*Interscholastic basketball, track, cross country, soccer, volleyball and cheerleading
*School uniforms

Charter schools are free public schools that are independently operated.  Charter schools have high degree of autonomy over budgets, curriculum and personnel, but this independence comes with expectations for the highest standards of accountability and student achievement.

  • There are no admissions tests or tuition.  Charter schools are open to every student within the public school system who wishes to enroll.
  • If demand exceeds available seats, charters hold a lottery to determine admission.
  • Charters exchange significant autonomy for greater accountability over results. This autonomy allows charters to offer: An extended school day and school year; Freedom to attract and hire the best teachers; Greater control and flexibility over curriculum.
  • Freedom to be innovative and a commitment to improving public education.


Founder and Detroit native Jalen Rose is an ESPN/ABC analyst and 13-year NBA Star who has assembled a team of educational experts and community leaders to turn his dream into a reality.  Mr. Rose brings to the Academy his knowledge of the sports and entertainment industries, commitment to philanthropy and his passion to give back to Detroit. A graduate of Detroit Southwestern High School, Mr. Rose attended the University of Michigan where he was one of five freshman basketball players known as the “Fab Five.”  As a college graduate, he is eager to help Detroit youth achieve the same goal.  Mr. Rose has been instrumental on the planning team and serves as the President of the JRLA Board of Directors.


Co-founder and Detroit native Michael Carter is a Detroit native and successful entrepreneur. Mr. Carter is managing partner of Pinnacle Construction Partners, a multi-state, pre-construction planning and construction management services firm and the former president and CEO of Athena Health Club and Day Spa in Nashville. As a successful graduate of Project 100, the University of Detroit’s recruitment program to enroll and graduate inner-city youth, Mr. Carter graduated with a B.A. cum laude and a M.B.A. He serves on the UDM Liberal Arts and Education Dean’s Advisory Board. Mr. Carter brings his first-hand experience to the design of the Academy, his commitment to provide resources, and his dedication to improving the future for Detroit youth.  He has been instrumental on the planning team and serves as the President of the Operation Graduation Board.

Board of Directors:

Jalen Rose (President)
ESPN/ABC Analyst
CEO, Three Tier Entertainment
Neil Weissman (Vice President)
Managing Director – Investments
Wells Fargo Advisors
David Schostak (Treasurer)
Schostak Brothers & Company
Mick Koster (Secretary)
Vice President & Philanthropic Advisor
Comerica Charitable Services Group
Tonya Allen (Director)
Chief Executive Officer
Skillman Foundation


Dennis Archer, Jr (Director)
President – Archer Corporate Service
CEO/Founder – Ignition Media Group





Dave Bing (Director)
Former Mayor of the City of Detroit,
NBA Hall of Famer and Businessman


Tim Gale (Director)
T.A. Systems

Rumia Ambrose-Burbank (Director)
Vendor Management Solution


Special thanks to our past board members:

Diane Manica

Ron Klein