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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, College News Blog and Admissions pages

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 agiknis@scienceleadership.org 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 jgerveni@scienceleadership.org 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 (zsiswick@scienceleadership.org) or Hanna Dunakin (hdunakin@scienceleadership.org) 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 (eblock@scienceleadership.org) or Mr. Lehmann (clehmann@scienceleadership.org) 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 (khirschfield@scienceleadership.org) for more information.

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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 agiknis@scienceleadership.org for more information.
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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.

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