Admissions 2016

Open House:

  • Center City Campus - October 19th, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Beeber Campus - October 20th, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

*last tour at 7:30

Families are encouraged to attend both Open Houses.


Students must apply using the School District of Philadelphia High School Selection Process. Students must select both SLA - Center City and SLA @ Beeber on their School District of Philadelphia High School Application to be considered for both sites.

Admission to SLA is based on a combination of a student interview at the school with a presentation of completed work, 50 percentile or above on 7th Grade Math and Reading PSSA’s , As and Bs with the possible exception of one C, teacher or counselor recommendation and good attendance and punctuality. Interested families must contact the school to set up an appointment for an interview. SLA will not initiate the interview process with families.

Shadowing: Is currently full, we will reopen shadowing dates for accepted students in the spring before they have to make a decision


Interested applicants who meet our admissions criteria should call the school at 215-979-5620 (Center City campus) or 215-581-2107 (Beeber campus) between 9am and 2 pm to set up an interview. SLA will not initiate contact with any students to set up interviews.

The interview is a project-based interview. Students should bring a school project done in 7th or 8th grade that they feel is a strong representation of who they are as a student. The project can be from any subject area.

Projects will be returned to applicants. Students may include photocopies of their work. Computers will be available for project presentations as needed.

2016 Interview Dates and Times: Oct 29th-30th and November 5th-6th, 10AM and 2PM

Interviews for admission to both campuses are conducted at the Center City Campus

For More Information: Call 215-979-5620 (Center City campus) or 215-581-2107 (Beeber campus), or email us at

Rough Cut Competing for AT&T Film Invitational ($50,000 Cash Prizes)

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20 of our filmmakers have been selected to compete in the AT&T Film Invitational (NYC, Oct 4-9th) for $50,000 in cash and prizes during Festival Week.

4 original Rough Cut films- “Point of No Return”, “Sand Boy”, “Reverb” and “Joining the Session” -are also Official Selections in the All-American HS Film Festival and eligible for individual awards.

Please help us get the word out on this- -so our rising stars can win some of AT&T’s $50,000 cash and prizes.

As you can imagine, financing 20 kids in NYC for a week is a tall order! Thanks in advance for your support and help in spreading this as far as possible.

Our filmmakers are so excited, Douglas Herman.

Rough Cut Productions- Follow Us on Facebook @Rough Cut Media

Quarter 3 Portfolio

Quarter three brought to light new ideas to simplistic concepts. I struggled with things that made me feel like I was back in elementary school. I love doing these things because it reminds me that this is really where the techniques lies. I was frustrated more times than I could count because of the assignments this quarter but it reminded me that I should always appreciate what made me as an artist. My water color was my favorite. The thing thatI could improve upon is that metamorphosis drawing. Another thing is that wire sculpture that really put me to the test. I wish that I was more patient with the wire sculpture so I could do more. 

McCarthy Unabridged: The Road, Page 183

​For this project I had to insert a scene into the book The Road by Cormac McCarthy, below is that scene and my rational for the creative decisions behind it. 


The man went back to sleep but the boy stayed awake, his thoughts plagued by the dream.

Papa was gone. He didnt die, he was just gone. For a while the boy looked for him. Maybe he got lost tripped and fell somewhere and was waiting for the boy to come help. The boy searched for days but the man was nowhere to be found, The boy wanted to follow the man. He stopped looking for food, he didnt follow the road. But he knew the man wouldnt like that so he continued on the road.

Slowly the boy gave up living by the man’s overly cautious ways. Being on his own in the world, never suited him.  He wished for time with the man, time with anyone.

Encountering people on the road had a new protocol. Instead of hiding, waiting for them to while going past. He waits to see if they are good, if they carry the fire. He tells them to come with him.  The boy became a man, his life became full, and he forgot the man. When the realization dawned on the man he broke down, crying for a man forgotten.

Then the boy woke up


I chose to have my story excerpt show what happened in the boy's dream because I wanted to explore the boy’s character more. The book was centered on the man. It narrates his thoughts, and the reader sees the world though his eyes, even though the book  seems to have an omniscient narration. Since we only really get the man’s perception of the world we get his opinion of the boy. In his eyes the boy has a divinatory air.

We do not get a look at the thoughts behind his character, he is supporting character to the man’s story. Important enough to influence the main character, but not enough so that he gets his own arc. The man wakes up to find the boy crying because the man wasn’t there, in my scene I made cause the man’s absence be because of his death. This way I was able to create the boy’s personality without the man shadow.

The boy contemplates suicide because it was made very clear, by the boy’s want to keep the man by his side at all times and him questioning the man about always being there for him, that the boy did not want the man to leave him for anything. It would of made no sense for the boy to shake off the man’s death like it did not affect him. I didn’t allow the boy to stay in his rut because, although sometimes defiant, he valued the man’s opinion greatly, and the man would of wanted him to continue on the road without him. He encounters more people, and continues his journey with them not only because of his abandonment issue with the man, but also because of his prophetic demeanor. When they encountered the lighting man he remarked about how he thought the boy was angle like. So it would make sense that other people would also find his abnormality a sign from the heavens, and gravitate to him.

In the book he man says that bad dreams are good, but because the boy is so young it seemed more likely that he would have a happy dream. I surrounded the good witch bad because although the boy can escape the horrors of his world as he sleeps, hardship is all he knows. So I ending his dream with a happily ever after did not fit. I also wanted to make it parallel to the book, by having the boy cry about the man’s absence.

Jury: Pre-trial assignment

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For the first part of this assignment I created an article and for the second part, I thought it would be creative to have cartoon demonstrating how the children would have felt if the contents of my article actually happened. Below is a bibliography of the sources that I used.

"List of Cities and Towns in Russia by Population." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2015.
"Newspaper Titles." Newspaper Titles. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2015.
"1839 in the United States." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2015.
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