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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

SLA Debaters Qualify for Nationals!

SLA senior debaters Nikki Adeli and Ruby Jane Anderson have qualified for the Debate National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, FL over Memorial Day weekend! Ruby and Nikki debated whether or not, In the United States, students should be guaranteed two years of free tuition to a community or technical college, and the senior duo went undefeated in Qualifiers to become the first Philadelphia public school team to qualify for Nationals. 

Congratulations and good luck, Nikki and Ruby!

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Congratulations to 2015 FIBOT Winners!

Seniors Alaina Silverman, Amani Bey, Darya Nemati, Edgar Pacio, Maggie Hohenstein and Reggie Simmons were awarded the prestigious Franklin Institute Board of Trustees Scholarship! Each year, the FIBOT committee awards five SLA seniors with intention to major in STEM fields a two-year, $5000 / yr scholarship. This year's applications were some of the most competitive the committee has ever seen, and as a result, the Board of Trustees added a sixth winner!

​Congratulations to this year's Franklin Institute Board of Trustees Scholarship Winners! 

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Girls Basketball Advances in Playoffs!

by Antoinette Hiller & Imani Holness

The SLA Rockets launched their way to the 2nd round in the Girls' Basketball playoffs. The team had an amazing win yesterday against Delaware Valley Charter, beating the Warriors 64- 18. Sophomore Dejah Williams scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and secured 5 blocks. Sophomore Devia Terry had an incredible game with 10 points and 17 rebounds. Lastly, Imani Holness, co- captain, had 10 rebounds. Everyone on the team was able to score due to non- stop teamwork and unbreakable determination. The Rockets are scheduled to play the Academy @ Palumbo Wednesday at 11th St, and Catharine at 3:15.  Good luck to the Rockets! 
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"EVAN" WINS 1st Place at T.S.A. Regionals, Advances to State in April

CU - Brian's Eyes
Brian, Jenny, Sieanna and Marshall DID IT!

The 5-minute cut of their Genre Study film "EVAN" blew away the judges to take 1st Place today in Quakertown!!! 

Never had a doubt this would move the ground beneath their feet, but the judges unanimously agreed this film was ready for the next level of competition. Next up, T.S.A. States in April, then Nationals in June.

Ideas are swirling on how far this project can truly go. Considering "Writer's Block" barely missed scoring the Grand Prize at WHYY Youth Media Awards, a 7-minute version of "EVAN" is sure to earn a nomination for Film of the Year. 

I am so very proud of the effort, dedication and creativity they all put into this film. That goes for everyone else who participated in front and behind the camera on this project. This is a true team win!!!


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