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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.

For more info, check out our Mission Statement, Curriculum, and Admissions pages.

"What We See is What We Are" SLAphotolab: First Friday Dec 5th (6-8pm) Metropolitan Gallery

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SLAphotolab has been busy!

Fresh off the success of our summer indiegogo campaign, we've been cranking out work all semester and are ready to show some of it off. Thanks to the continued support of our generous sponsors, our students have the unique opportunity of setting up camp at Metropolitan Gallery in Rittenhouse Square from December 5th until January 18th. 

Our show centers on a truly piercing quote by the legendary Magnum photographer Ernst Haas, 
"There is only you and your camera. The only limitations in your photography are within you, for what we see is what we are." 

We've taken this to heart, explored his work and have interpreted this as a challenge to continue our push forward. 75 new students are embracing the medium, and those who pioneered the program last year have continued exploring via independent study. Their work is UNBELIEVABLE!!!

Come join us on First Friday, Dec 5th from 6-8pm for our Opening Night, and spread the word about some ground-breaking public photography workshops led by our students throughout Dec/Jan.

Metropolitan Gallery will be open on Sat/Sun from 11-4pm from Dec 5th until Jan 18th. 
(250 18th St. Rittenhouse Sq, directly across from the Arts Alliance). 

Student work will be available for sale to the public throughout our stay to continue to fund the growth of our dynamic program. Get in touch with Mr. Herman if you'd like to volunteer or participate in our weekend workshops.

Hope to see you on the 5th and beyond!
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​Wed. Dec. 3rd Schedule & Thursday Dec. 4th Schedule

Wed. Dec. 3rd schedule for conferences

D: 8:15-9:10

E: 9:15-10:10

A: 10:15-11:10

B: 11:15-12:10

Advisory: 12:15-12:45 (read narratives)

12:50 lunch

1:30-3:30pm ILPs and TFI

3:30pm - 8pm conferences

 

Thursday Dec. 4th schedule for conferences

C: 8:15-9:05 
 
D: 9:10-10:00 

X/Y class: 10:05-10:55  

E: 11:00-11:50

A: 11:55-12:45 

lunch: 12:50  

1:30pm -4:30pm conferences
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PIAA State Cross Country Championships

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Congratulations to Juniors Javier Peraza and Desmond O'Donovan and Senior Thomas Jeffcoat for awesome runs in 41 degrees at the PIAA State XC championships in Hershey, PA. Des set a PR and broke the 18 minute barrier, and Thomas set a PR and broke the 20 minute barrier. Javier had a strong finish on the last 1/4 mile and he and Des are eligible to return next year. Great job on a great season!
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Girls Soccer Wins Public League AA Championship

The girls soccer team pulled out a nail biting overtime win over Prep Charter to win the Public League AA Championship on Monday. The game was tied 0-0 after regulation, despite dominating play by the Rockets. The two teams battled through two 15-minute overtime periods and the score was still tied. 

After the first round of penalty kicks, with goals by Aateeyah Sharrieff, Alyssa Winner and Hannah Nicoletti, the score was tied 3-3 and the two teams went into a round of sudden death penalty kicks. Jackie Middleswarth scored on her kick, which was matched by a Prep Charter. Goalkeeper, Imani Holness, knocked the next goal in, followed by a missed Prep Charter goal for 5-4 win. The Rockets take on Archbishop Wood at 5pm Wednesday at the Northeast Supersite for the District 12 Championships.
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