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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.

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Political Double-Header and Nail-Biter Leaves Rockets 1 Inning Shy of City Final. Oh, But What a Season!!!

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The Rockets tasted something bitter and foreign on Friday. For the first time in over a calendar year they did not walk off the field with a win. Their bid for a 17th consecutive win, "AA" Championship and entry into the City Final was denied in the 7th inning of a razor-close game with former champion Franklin Towne. There initially weren’t words to describe the feeling around 3rd base as the Rockets gathered one final time in 2015. 

Their coach struggled to find the right ones, but centered on how rare it is for an athlete, at any level, to walk off the field for the final time winning it all. While they all dream of it as kids, the rarity of that possibility is not what truly drives them to take the field in the first place. It is to compete and to give the game everything they individually and collectively have within themselves. And in this mission they most assuredly did succeed. 

We are so very proud of our SLA ROCKETS!!! Here's to a magical run in '15, and a City Title in '16!!! FULL STORY

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Nick Clark Takes 1-Hitter into 7th; Ben Simon Shuts Door on Lincoln; SLA Reaches City Final Four

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Every Rocket that stepped to the plate got at least 1 hit (nearly everyone got 2) in a convincing win over tough A-Division Lincoln. A huge bunt by Ben Simon moved a runner to third after Kevin Williams smacked a double down the third base line, and David Baker tied the game 1-1 with an RBI single. In an epic at bat, Ben Simon struck again in the 5th with a critical 2-run single to give SLA a 3-1 lead. Kevin Courtney crushed a shot to left center to plate 2 more making it 5-1 in the 6th. Ijustice Avery and Lukas Supovitz-Aznar made ESPN-worthy defensive stops to help Nick Clark take a 1-hitter into the final inning, and Ben Simon came in to end Lincoln's season.

The Rockets continue to prove doubters wrong with their 16th straight win, the last 3 over A-Division powerhouses Esperanza, Frankford and Lincoln. SLA advances to their first Public League Final Four, and will play MaST Charter to reach the City Final. (Video of Final Out)
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Down 5-1, Rocket Wills Way to 6-5 Upset over #1 Frankford; Makes History, Advances to Elite Eight

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In perhaps the grittiest game ever played in SLA Baseball history, The Rockets simply REFUSED to stay down after Frankford struck early to take a 5-1 lead. "The Comeback", which made Public League history as the first time a #1 seed lost to a C-Division school, extends the Rockets' unbeaten streak to 15 and propels them into the Elite Eight.

Next up, the winner of Lincoln/Northeast on Wed, 5/20. First Pitch 315pm. FULL STORY. 
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RoughCutProductions Honored by Mayor's Office at TFI ; May 16th Official "Students Make a Difference" Day

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Congratulations to the current and former student-leaders of Rough Cut Productions. The Mayor's Office officially declared May 16, 2015 "Students Make a Difference" Day. It is an honor to work with you all over the past six years. 

BIG Shout outs to all of the other programs honored today, most especially all of our SLA students from Project SPACE, STEM Scholars, WINS (Women in Natural Science) and PACTS. 


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Rockets Unleash and Upset Toros 13-7 to Stay Unbeaten; Advance to “True Power” Tournament

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When Jason Greene woke up on Wednesday morning the last two things he wanted to do were take a standardized test and check into a hospital. All he wanted to do was play some baseball and help his team prove they are worth respecting, and perhaps even fearing. Unfortunately the first two came to pass, and the latter was something that literally unfolded across the street from where Jason needed to be rushed after taking a hard chopper to the mouth in warm ups. He ended up needing stitches, and was so groggy that he didn’t even realize he hit the ground in the first place.

After the haze of the warmup started to clear, Jason willed himself to his feet, and his energy and passion unified the squad. Players huddled up, grabbed their autographed “perfect regular season” ball and collectively dedicated the game to Jason Greene.

What unfolded on Lighthouse Field will forever clarify what happens when you play as one, no matter the odds.
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