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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 Summer Technology Program

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For the past three years SLA (SLA refers to both campuses of Science Leadership Academy, SLA Center City and SLA Beeber) has been running a summer program called SLA's Summer Technology Program. This program is in partnership with the Ellis Trust, The Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls (The Ellis Trust) helps eligible young women in Philadelphia excel in high school and be prepared for postsecondary success.


This program not only empowers our students to be technicians that can fix all parts physical and software related to our one to one laptop program; they are also empowered as ambassadors of our school and the "SLA way". The girls participate in and help manage the events that take place at the center city location all summer long.


The program starts the weekend after the fourth of July and lasts until the last day of August. During this time SLA hosts a Summer Teacher Institute and a student Summer Institute.  The summer also holds tours for perspective students, interviews for perspective transfer and new ninth grade students and phone conferences with principals from both campuses.


The tradition, for the Ellis Trust, back when they had a brick and mortar school was to graduate each girl with a sewing machine. From the onset of the Summer Technology Program SLA's tradition has been to reward each girl with a laptop and printer for her service to the school. This tradition started with Diana Laufenberg for a graduate in 2013.


The SLA Summer Technology Program was started by Rafaela Torres, Chris Lehmann and Marcie Hull. The program has continued with the help of Mary Beth HertzAdrienne Williams, Jeremy Spry and Chris Johnson.


In the next weeks I plan to showcase all of the girls currently working for the SLA Summer Technology Probram. If the internet has any questions for them, I will be happy to include them in my interview. I plan to ask them about their experience and have them reflect on personal gains of having an experience like this one.


Current Members:

Marcie Hull - Technology Coordinator

Stephen Jones - Computer Support Specialist

Amir Davis - Digital Service Fellow

Leyitha Achoute, Student - SLA Beeber

Jaidah Murray, Student - SLA Beeber

Corinthia Bell, Student - SLA Center City

Tamira Bell, , Student - SLA Center City

Tiarra Bell, Student - SLA Center City


Past Members:

Abdur Saaba - Computer Support Specialist

Alisha Rothwell, Student - SLA Center City

Bailey Collins, Student - SLA Center City

Aateeyah Sharrieff, Student - SLA Center City

Dejanhia Johnson, Student - SLA Center City

Imani Rothwell, Student - SLA Center City

Korah Lovelace, Student - SLA Center City

Katherine Hunt, Student - SLA Center City



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SLAphotolab "I am not the same any more" Exhibition (Tues, 6/16 630-830p)

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Another 75 students have completed an entire year of photographic studies. Come see their amazing work!

Join us for our 3rd Major Show since we formed in 2014.


All images are available (print to order) to help support the growth of our programming at Science Leadership Academy for the 2015-16 school year.

Help us
spread the word far and wide so we pack the house.

https://www.facebook.com/events/612268388875619/ (Links to an external site.)

for more info visit our site- roughcutproductions.org

Hope to see you all there,
SLAphotolab
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3rd Annual Rough Cut Film Festival- Tues, 6/9 630-830p

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Rough Cut Productions proudly presents our 3rd annual Film Festival to showcase another year of original content production. Come Join us for an evening of amazingly funny, thought-provoking, exciting and award-winning films, as well as a few blasts from the past. 

For the first time, RCFF was open to submissions from other video production programs in the city in an effort to unify our growing film community. Amazing films from CAPA, Edison, Roxborough, North East, Kensington CAPA and W Philly will be in the lineup. 

This event is free, but seating in Franklin Theater at TFI is limited to 250, so book your ticket here
Doors at 6p, Show at 630p. Note: Direct access to Franklin Theater via Winter St. entrance.  
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SLA Ultimate Rocks the State Championship!

Congratulations to the Girls and Boys Ultimate Frisbee teams for their performance at the State Championships this weekend! The teams headed to Slippery Rock University on a midnight bus after the Senior Prom to compete at States. The Girls team placed third in the state behind seniors Nikki Adeli, Amani Bey, Amy Chen and Imani Holness. The boys finished 11th with 13 seniors on the roster -  KaBoni Bailey, Brian Birkmire, True Black, Kenyatta Bundy, Marcus Burrell, Teion Ensley-Ellerbe, Traevon Gray, Timmy Ingram, Alhaji Koita, Pierce Luck, Julian Makarechi, Chris Tran, and Richard Yoeun. 

Congratulations to both teams and to all the graduating seniors on an amazing SLA career! 
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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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