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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Taylor Veasley Food Project



2 medium heads of cauliflower

1 tablespoon of sea salt

5 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons of Olivio ( Olive Oil based butter substitute)

Seasoning Salt 




1. Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat.

2. Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces.

3. Cook the cauliflower with the garlic cloves and sea salt in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done.

4. Drain well

5. Put the cauliflower into a large bowl.

6. Add in the Olivio.

7. Mash until it has the consistency of mashed potatoes.

8. Season to taste



This dish is very healthy. I love it because I love starches, especially potatoes. This gives me an alternative to mashed potatoes, they taste the same but they have much less carbohydrates and is a lighter side. Sometimes when you have mashed potatoes accompanying other foods they can be heavy and overpowering, the mashed cauliflower is nothing like that at all. The Cauliflower I bought was from Produce Junction and I believe that it came from a local farm. I do not know the exact name of the farm but, I know it is from a farm near Philadelphia. The garlic cloves were bought from Produce Junction also but it was not clear where they were from. The workers did not know when I asked so I could not really get a conclusive answer about the origins of the garlic. The Olivio has two ingredients in it that are actually processed, most of its components are natural. The rest of the ingredients were seasonings. This recipe is easy to make and has only a few ingredients within it. The bet part about it though is that you can season it however you like. You can season them just like you season potatoes and they taste just like them. You can even not add anything, if you are trying to watch your salt intake, and just rely on the garlic and sea salt that it was boiled with. There have multiple times when I have eaten it like that and it is actually quite good and not at all bland. The fat content of my meal would be quite low. Overall it is a great recipe and it is good for you.

Politically the food I prepared was wonderful. It was not expensive at all to make and it took no time to put together. The heads of cauliflower cost about $2 each and the whole garlic cloves cost about $2.60 each. In total I only spent about $7.20. This cost so little to make and feeds so many people that I feel like I am saving so much money. The people that made money off of my meal are Produce Junction and the farm that my food comes from. All of the other ingredients I have or are seasoning so the nutritional fact is clear. 

Socially, a lot of things I feel as though my dish is also lovely. This dishes' only social ramification would be the travel. How the ingredients got from one destination to another. That could be a problem depending on how far the vegetables traveled. In my case they did not travel from too far away from Philadelphia. 

Personal Reflection

I have learned a lot in this unit. The most important thing I have learned though, is that I need to begin to pay attention to the kinds of foods that enter my body. Whenever I go grocery shopping I notice all of those "heart healthy" and "organic" etc. labels and I think nothing of them. I never read the ingredients to see how beneficial the food could be be for me. I never even stop to think about it, in a way I am being ignorant. I realized during this unit that my ignorance needs to stop and I need to start treating my body better by eating better. 

When we did the focus on diseases and disorders that were repercussions from being obese I was appalled. A lot of things were brought into perspective and I realized that obesity was serious. The biggest problem I see within our food system is how much of the bad things that we eat. I think as Americans we eat a lot, but we don't eat a lot of salads or vegetables we eat a lot of fatty meats and sugars. This is a problem. We are now the number one on the list of most  obese countries. If we did not eat so much of everything then I believe that we would definitely be healthier. I believe the reason that we do eat so much is because we develop an emotional relationship with food. We no longer eat to live, we live to eat. We associate food with emotions and feelings and we trust in this food. This kind of emotional connection with something that can hurt us should not exist. This section of the unit really taught me a lot and made me realize what my problem is with food and being healthy and America's problem as well. 

As for myself and what choices I will make from here on out to ensure my healthiness is I will just be more cautious about what I put into my body. I will begin to look at ingredients and how food was made and if it is processed. Becoming a healthy person begins with intake, if I am eating crap then I will look like crap because I am what I eat. 

I think the other impactful section of this unit was on friday when we looked at the one section of a documentary. The section was about chickens, cows, and corn. It had a lot of information in the beginning about chicken farmers and how they are forced to do things that are not good for the chickens because they are so in debt. We also learned about how cows are fed corn when their bodies have evolved to process grass not corn. We learned about how cows are contracting different deadly viruses and then are wading in each other's feces and are spreading these viruses. The the feces is not completely sprayed off the cattle so when they are slaughtered some of the feces gets onto the meat along with the viruses causing the consumers to possibly contract a deadly virus. We then learned about how corn is in just about everything that we eat and use on a daily basis, even gasoline ! A lot of the things that happen within our society are harmful to either our wallets, our bodies, or both. I learned in this unit that if everyone decided to make a difference in what they put into their bodies it could have a large impact on the entire country. Individuals can make a difference and this unit helped me to see this.

Preseason Practices

Here's all the information for pre-season practices for Fall Sports teams! 

Cross Country
 practices begin on Monday, August 15. Please meet at SLA at 8am ready to run and work out. Bring water and wear sunscreen! Email for more information or questions.

Boys Soccer has begun practice! For the remainder of the week, practices will be on Wednesday 8/17 and Friday 8/19. The location of our practices is at 44th and Haverford and people can email Jorin Gervini at if they have any questions about forms, schedules and practices. 

Girls Soccer
 has already begin practice/tryouts! We will be practicing TuesdayWednesday and Thursday, August 23rd-25th at 1pm. Please meet under the train tracks at 31st and Chestnut. Contact Ms. Siswick ( or Hanna Dunakin ( for more information. 

Boys and Girls Ultimate Frisbee will be practicing at Penn Park on 8/23, 8/24, 8/25 after Summer Institute at 1pm! Bring cleats and a lot of water! Email Eli Block ( or Mr. Lehmann ( for more information! 

Girls Volleyball tryouts will take place on August 26th from 9:30-2:30 pm at SLA Beeber (5925 Malvern Ave). Make sure to bring a PIAA physical, knee pads, lunch, and plenty of water. Conditioning will continue the entire week of August 29th. Contact Karina Hirschfield ( for more information.

Cross Country Practice Begins 8/15

The Cross Country season kicks off next week with morning practices! All interested students should plan to meet at SLA at 8am Monday-Friday beginning August 15. Be ready to run and work out, and don't forget to bring water and wear sunblock!

Email for more information.

New 2016 Youth Poet Laureate - Otter Jung-Allen

Congratulations Otter!

Philadelphia – Today, the City of Philadelphia announced its 2016 Youth Poet Laureate at a ceremony in the Art Gallery at City Hall. Otter Jung-Allen, who is a sixteen year old from West Philadelphia and rising senior at Science Leadership Academy, will begin their one-year term effective immediately.

“We are proud to have Otter Jung-Allen serve as the City of Philadelphia’s Youth Poet Laureate and to lead by example in demonstrating to young Philadelphians that poetry can be educational tool, a form of expression and a means of connection with people of all ages,” said Mayor Jim Kenney.

Otter was selected by the Poet Laureate Governing Committee and City of Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher to serve as the city’s fourth Youth Poet Laureate, a role that provides an opportunity for an outstanding young poet to give voice to their fellow students and children through the medium of poetry. Otter will be mentored by Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher, as the Youth Poet Laureate program was created to complement the City’s Poet Laureate program, which is also managed by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. As Youth Poet Laureate, Otter will work with Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher to promote poetry, literacy, and arts education through community events and visits to Philadelphia schools and libraries across the city.

“The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy look forward to working with Otter this year to reach Philadelphians in their neighborhoods through poetry,” said Chief Cultural Officer Kelly Lee. “As Youth Poet Laureate, Otter will have the valuable opportunity to not only perform throughout the city but also to educate their fellow Philadelphians of the importance of this living art form.”
Among their recent accolades, Otter is the 2015 Brave New Voices International Champion and the 2015 Liberty Unplugged Champion. Otter also serves as the performance coach of Science Leadership Academy’s Slam League team.

At the ceremony, outgoing Youth Poet Laureate David Jones of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School was recognized for his year of service along with 2016 Youth Poet Laureate finalists Husnaa Hasim of Mastery Charter School – Shoemaker Campus and Zoe Gray, who is homeschooled.

Rough Cut Film Fest Awards Gala- Mon, 6/20 Suzanne Roberts 7-930pm

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Morning Everyone, 

somehow we made it to the 8th and final day of this action-packed week of films, workshops, panels and socials! Quick reminder that tonight is our Awards Gala, and we have an amazing evening of performances and films to honor.

Students and Teachers are FREE, so talk this up to your streams at Field Day. 

Join us for an evening to celebrate the amazing work of the next generation transforming Philadelphia into a bonafide Arts and Entertainment hub. The Future of Philly is now!

The entire Rough Cut Team hopes to see you tonight!

Suzanne Roberts Theatre
480 S Broad St (at Lombard)
Red Carpet 6pm
Awards Show 7-930pm
After Party 10-? (around corner on South St. at Cambridge & Rex)

Live Performances:
-School of Rock House Band
-PYP (Philly Young Playwrights)
-PYPM (Philly Youth Poetry Movement)