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Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) is an open enrollment charter high school in Detroit, Michigan. It was cofounded by former NBA player and current (2020) sports broadcaster Jalen Rose It is in a partnership with the University of Detroit Mercy.

The school opened in fall 2011. Its purpose was to reduce dropout rates and increase test scores. The students entering the school were about two to three grade levels behind the standard.


Chastity Pratt Dawsey of the Detroit Free Press wrote that "Rose's celebrity and connections differentiate this new school from others…Parents are attracted to the new school's small class sizes, safe atmosphere, longer school year and caring staff." Classes operate from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, and once each month students take classes on a Saturday. The school year lasts for 11 months. The school, as of 2012, only recesses in the month of August. Each weekday the school offers tutoring from 4:30-5:00 PM. Students are tested by the school every Thursday.

Dawsey stated that in the 2011-2012 school year, the first school year, there was "high" turnover of employees, a curriculum that "didn't meet expectations", an "inadequate" building, a "tight" financial situation, and low ACT scores at the beginning and end of the school year. The goal is to, by graduation, have the average ACT score be 21 out of 36. As of September 2012 the average was 13. After one year of education at JRLA, the students' test scores did not change.

In 2015 the first senior class of Rose Academy graduated. In June of that year the school announced that it had a new graduation requirement: each graduating student must be accepted to at least two post-secondary educational institutions.

  Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (2019)

Source: U.S. News & World Report

9,696 out of the 17,245 nationally ranked schools.

The total minority enrollment is 100%, and 87% of students are economically disadvantaged.



•           Took at Least One AP Exam - 81%

•           Passed at Least One AP Exam - 0%

•           Mathematics Proficiency - 3%

•           Reading Proficiency - 29%

•           Graduation Rate - 93%


Jalen Rose Leadership Academy ranked nationally in the five ranking factors out of the 17,245 ranked schools.

•           College Readiness Index Rank - 6,211

•           College Curriculum Breadth Index Rank - 8,121

•           Math and Reading Proficiency Rank - 16,164

•           Math and Reading Performance Rank - 4,795

•           Graduation Rate Rank - 7,947

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