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About JRLA


At JRLA, we develop ACADEMIC HARD SKILLS (the essential knowledge and skills to succeed), ACADEMIC MINDSETS AND SOFT SKILLS (the resilience and adaptiveness to thrive) and IDENTITY, RELEVANCE AND BELONGING (knowing that you matter as a part of something greater than yourself). 

We are the JRLA Jaguars


Jalen Rose Leadership Academy will empower all scholars to develop the strength of character, skills, and knowledge needed to matriculate into, be great in, and graduate from college or a post-secondary institution so that they have opportunities to be successful in the competitive world and to take care of themselves and the people that they love.


By tapping into the intrinsic power of respect, discipline, and hard work, scholars will unleash the transformative capacity of learning to manifest a better fate for themselves and the people they love.


The power of respect: I find success through empathy and integrity.
The power of determination: I have the will to succeed.
The power of excellence: I must take ownership in my learning to succeed.
The power of family: I succeed when we all succeed.

Our History

Our History

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) is an open enrollment, tuition-free 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 scholars as well as nearly 900 alumni 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. Scholars are provided with an authentic academic experience which builds both the skill and will necessary to be successful in high school and beyond.  Immersed in the culture of college, scholars will receive extensive college exposure via university tours and summer program experiences to assist in a seamless transition into college. JRLA is a 9-16 model where scholars are supported not only through high school graduation, but through college graduation via our College Success team that works to coordinate success for current scholars and alumni.

JRLA -  Cultivating Scholars

JRLA - Cultivating Scholars

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JRLA - Student Leaders

JRLA - Student Leaders

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