JRLA Celebrates The Next Class of Leaders: 2017

Posted on 06/08/2017
Salutatorian Shania Davis, Class of 2017
JRLA Celebrates the Next Class of Leaders: Class of 2017
This month, the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) celebrates its third graduating class since being founded in 2011. Through the diligent work of our students, leaders, teachers and administrators, JRLA has graduated more than 90 percent of our scholars, and 100 percent of all our graduates have gained college, trade/technical school or military acceptance. More than 83 percent have matriculated to college, technical school or the military, significantly surpassing the state average of 61.5 percent enrolled in college. 
“A JRLA education does not end when students leave our building,” said JRLA Founder Jalen Rose. “Because of our 9 through 16 model, we stay connected to our scholars to ensure they meet and exceed their potential as leaders after graduation. This commitment aligns with our mission to empower all scholars to develop the strength of character, skills, and knowledge needed to matriculate, be great in, and graduate from college so that they have opportunities to be successful in the competitive world and to take care of themselves and the people that they love.”
JRLA is one of the few high schools in Detroit that works aggressively to raise funds for private scholarship dollars for students. Several students have received full-ride scholarships to the schools of their choice, including to University of Detroit Mercy and Michigan State University. Many students also received generous scholarships from Albion College to offset most of their college costs, as well as partial academic scholarships to many other colleges. The total amount of gifted aid for the Class of 2017 reached more than $3 million.

We also celebrate the Class of 2017’s valedictorian Shania Davis. Throughout her years at JRLA, she has been involved in the National Honor Society, Step Team, PILOT, Drama Club and Cheerleading. Next year, she will attend Albion College, majoring in Communications with a concentration in Broadcasting.  We are very excited to see the wonderful things Shania will accomplish in college.
Detroit’s historic Masonic Temple will again serve as the backdrop on Saturday June 10 for our commencement ceremony where JRLA Founder Jalen Rose, JRLA Co-founder Michael A. Carter, Sr., JRLA Board of Directors Member Rumia Ambrose Burbank and ESPN FirstTake Host Molly Qerim will offer congratulatory remarks and words of encouragement to our seniors. 
The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy is an open enrollment, college-prep public charter high school in Northwest Detroit. Focused on a 9-16 model, the Academy employs a College Success Counselor, who works with students through all four years to prepare them to enroll in college and secure financial support during their Senior Year, as well as an Alumni Success Coordinator who provides support during college. JRLA is now enrolling for the 2017-18 school year.