For Parents


Thank you for your interest in Thea Bowman Leadership Academy (TBLA)! TBLA provides a rigorous and well-rounded learning experience for our scholars, and we aim to create a welcoming environment for all parents.

We know that you are your child’s first and most important teacher. We also know that you are our most important partner in ensuring that our scholars achieve everything they are capable of achieving. At Thea Bowman, we actively work to partner with you to ensure that your child receives an exceptional education. On this page you can find useful links and further insights into our school and programs.

We hope that you will join us. We look forward to working with you to ensure that we provide the best education possible for your child.


All students will:

  • become grade proficient in reading, writing, mathematical computations, computer literacy, critical thinking/problem solving.
  • develop a sense of self-worth.
  • develop a sense of reciprocal obligation to family, school, and their community.
  • develop an appreciation for the various viewpoints, races, religions, and ethnic origins of our multicultural nation.
  • develop the knowledge, skills, work attitudes and habits which will allow them to become productive members of the American global economy.
  • Wellness Policy
  • Wellness Policy Assessments
  • Wellness Committee Meeting Notices & Agendas

Stakeholder Statement

All stakeholders are able to participate in the development, review, update, and implementation of the Local School Wellness Policy. Please contact Ms. Troupe at (219) 944-3100 or email at atroupe@theabowmanacademy.org the school office at for more details.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Outreach for Summer Meals
USDA Meal Finder Link – Summer Food Service Program | Food and Nutrition Service (usda.gov)
Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Daily attendance is so important! We want to see all of our students’ smiling faces every day!

Gary City Truancy Court Program

Indiana law states that if a parent does not ensure that his or her child goes to school, the parent can be charged with failure to educate which is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

According to Mayor Freeman-WiIson, if a student has four unexcused absences, a letter will be sent to the parent explaining that the child is in danger of becoming truant. After nine unexcused absences, a formal charge will be filed with the Lake County Prosecutor’s office. Parents will be required to attend court sessions with their children.

If you need to contact the campus regarding your scholar’s attendance, please call 219.944.3100.


It is our belief that good dress and work habits reflect a proper school attitude. Students are required to be in proper dress code during school hours and on field trips unless otherwise notified. Students who do not comply with the dress code will face consequences set by our school discipline policy.

Boys 7-8:

  • White monogrammed knit polo shirt
  • Dark gray pants
  • Solid black lshoes (No exception)
  • Solid black, gray or white socks
  • Monogrammed burgundy sweater/vest
  • Solid Black belt (No large belt buckles)

Girls 7-8:

  • White monogrammed knit polo shirt
  • Burgundy plaid/ uniform skirt, burgundy plaid/ uniform skort, or dark gray uniform pants
  • Solid white, burgundy, gray tights, or socks (no anklets)
  • Solid black shoes (No exception)
  • Solid Black belt when wearing uniform pants (No large belt buckles)
  • Monogrammed burgundy sweater/vest
  • Headbands must be solid burgundy, gray, black or white in color

High School Dress Code


  • Burgundy monogrammed polo shirt
  • Dark gray uniform pants
  • Solid black leather shoes (No exception)
  • Solid Black belt (No large belt buckles)
  • Solid black/white/gray socks (no anklets)
  • Monogrammed burgundy sweater/vest


  • Burgundy monogrammed knit polo shirt
  • Burgundy plaid/uniform skirt, skort, or dark gray uniform pants
  • Solid white, burgundy, gray tights, socks (no anklets)
  • Solid black leather shoes (No exception)
  • Solid Black belt when wearing uniform pants (No large belt buckles)
  • Monogrammed burgundy sweater/vest
  • Because gym is every day for freshmen, gym uniforms must be brought to school every day – Students will change into gym clothes during gym class.

Gym Uniform:

  • Burgundy or gray sweats or shorts (sweat pant legs MUST be worn at ankle length)
  • White t-shirt/TBLA t-shirt (no club shirts)
  • White gym shoes or solid black gym shoes (No other colors or embellishments may be present on the shoes)


  • No sunglasses
  • No sandals
  • No tank tops or tight fitting tops
  • No sleeveless shirts
  • No jeans
  • No large hoop or dangling earrings (for safety reasons) No larger than a quarter!
  • No hooded sweatshirts
  • No visible body piercing including bandaids covering piercings
  • No rollers/curlers
  • No sagging pants
  • No hanging belts
  • No visible tattoos
  • No jackets
  • No hair glitter/body glitter
  • No key cords
  • No hanging suspenders
  • No combs, picks, brushes, or sponge brushes
  • No shorts (non-uniform)
  • Stud earrings (in ears) are acceptable for girls only! Boys may NOT wear earrings.
  • No pants may be worn under skirts (for girls). Pants may be worn under skirts in winter only, but must be removed once in school.
  • No boots – hiking, work boots, etc. may be worn during the school day. Boots may be worn to school during the winter, but must be removed once in school and regular school shoes put on.
  • No hats or other head coverings, including sweatbands and handkerchiefs are permitted.
  • Hair cannot be colored or highlighted any color including weave tracks and braids of any kind
  • No designs of any kind are permitted in the hair or eyebrows. (eg. Sculpture, Mohawk – girls or boys twisties and/or braids for boys) one part for boys is acceptable
  • No dreadlocks
  • Necklaces must be tucked inside shirts and must be a reasonable size
  • False fingernails in the middle/high school must be filed to rounded or flattened tip.
  • No false fingernails for elementary students

Students are expected to be dressed and groomed in a manner which will not be disruptive to the educational process, constitute a health or safety hazard or violate civil law. All shirts are to be worn inside the pants, skirts, or skorts at all times.

Any clothing or jewelry that is distracting to the learning process is not permitted.

**Final determination of appropriateness of student dress and measures taken to enforce the policy will be made by the School Director.**

Uniform clothing may also be purchased at the following stores (except for the girls’ uniform jumper and skirt): Target, Wal-Mart, Sears, This Is It, Dennis Uniform or the school.

Marking Clothing

Articles of clothing, boots, tennis shoes and lunch boxes should be marked with the child’s name, and grade, or room number so they may be returned if lost.


Our Elementary School

Parent University

Afterschool Tutoring

Afterschool Activities

Intervention/Enrichment Block

Free Breakfast and Lunch Served Daily

Our Middle/High School

SAT Preparation Program

High-Quality Athletic Programs

Reading and Math Intervention Programs

AP, DC, and CTE Course Offerings


Elementary School
Doors open at 7:25 am
Enter Door G
Class Hours
8:00 am to 3:15 pm
Middle School
Doors open at 7:25 am
Enter Door G
Class Hours
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
High School
Doors open at 7:25 am
Enter Door C
Class Hours
8:30 am to 3:45 pm