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About SLA

The Science Leadership Academy is a partnership high school between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute. SLA is an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning that opened its doors on September 7, 2006.

SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes.

For more info, check out our Mission Statement, Curriculum, and Admissions pages.

Alumni Scholarship Fundraising has started!

Graduation! College! Tuition and Books?

Science Leadership Academy is asking its alumni to make their annual contribution to our Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Each June, the scholarship is awarded to one graduating senior who embodies the spirit of SLA. Advisors nominate students, and then they are selected by the scholarship committee plus alumni officers.

Our goal is to raise at least $250 from each of the five graduating classes. Of course, this is a friendly competition, so Lehmann will be giving a special shout-out to the class that raises the most!

Use the links below to go to your class' page.

Debate Rolls to Victory !


Congrats to the SLA Debate Team!  A number of our debaters were recognized at the ASAP League Finals on Wednesday, December 17th:

  • Anna Sugrue and Nashay Day won first place in the Varsity Division by defeating Masterman's top team in the championship match.
  • Kiamesso DaSilva and Eva Karlen earned first place in the Novice Division, going undefeated for the entire season.
  • Ari Haven and Gabrielle Kreidie were recognized as top-speakers in the Novice Division, placing first and second respectively.

Overall, the SLA Debate Team captured first place in the Team Sweepstakes!!

Great season debaters; you should all be proud of your hard work.

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SLA Interview Weekend

​We look forward to meeting everyone for SLA's interview weekend. As a reminder perspective students must have signed up in advanced for an interview. All interviews are conducted at SLA Center City  at 55 N 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Remember your child must bring a project from 7th or 8th grade that they feel is a representation of their best work. Please be aware, if your child does not attend at their allotted time, we cannot reschedule interviews due to high demand. SLA does not have a parking lot, we recommend using public transportation whenever and wherever possible. 
There are pay lots and meters available near SLA but spaces are limited.

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The 4th Floor Publishes Chapbooks

Science Leadership Academy's Literary Magazine, The 4th Floor, has partnered with The Head and the Hand Press to install a chapbook vending machine in our 3rd floor ballroom. The vending machine is filled with chapbooks from local authors, including SLA's own Ruby Anderson and Alex Marothy. Be sure check out the vending machine next time you are in the mood for a tasty short story!

Be sure to read CBS Philly's story about the kick-off event!
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"What We See is What We Are" SLAphotolab: The Six-Week Run at MetropolitanGallery250 Starts 12/5, 6-8pm

Seasons Greetings,

SLAphotolab has been busy!

Fresh off the success of our summer indiegogo campaign, we've been cranking out work all semester and are ready to show some of it off. Thanks to the continued support of our generous sponsors, our students have the unique opportunity of setting up camp at Metropolitan Gallery 250 in Rittenhouse Square from December 5th until January 18th. 

Our show centers on a truly piercing quote by legendary Magnum photographer Ernst Haas, 

"There is only you and your camera. The only limitations in your photography 

are within you, for what we see is what we are." 

We've taken this to heart, explored his work and have interpreted this as a challenge to continue our push forward. 75 new students are embracing the medium, and those who pioneered the program last year have continued exploring via independent study. Their work is UNBELIEVABLE!!!

Come join us on First Friday, Dec 5th from 6-8pm for Opening Night, and learn more about the ground-breaking public photography workshops our students will lead throughout Dec/Jan.

Gallery Hours: Sat/Sun from 11-4pm from Dec 5th until Jan 18th. 
(250 18th St. Rittenhouse Sq, directly across from the Art Alliance). 

Student work is available for sale to the public throughout our stay to continue to fund the growth of our dynamic program. For more info on the show check out BreadHead Blogand get in touch if interested in volunteering/participating in our weekend workshops (promoted on the blog).

Hope to see you on the 5th and beyond! 

Douglas Herman

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Ms. Martin Wins the Be Well Philly Award!

Congratulations to SLA's incredible Health and Physical Education teacher, Pia Martin! She has been named the 2014 Be Well Philly Health Hero! Thank you to all the SLA families who voted for her - Ms. Martin designated the SLA Home and School as her charity, and because of her amazing work, the SLA Home and School will be receiving $3000! 

And thank you to Ms. Martin for all the incredible work you do for SLA students and faculty! 

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