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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.

Calamity Jung-Allen Awarded at Regional Science Fair

Congratulations to SLA 9th grader Calamity Jung-Allen.* Calamity worked with Ms. Dunda and her classmates to design and research a science fair project on behavioral sciences.

Calamity advanced from the local Carver Science Fair two weeks ago to the regional Delaware Valley Science Fair (DVSF). Calamity prepared a research paper, a lab book, and a display board for Day 1 of judging. On Day 2, Calamity interviewed with guest scientists at the Philadelphia Expo Center. Not only did Calamity take second place (among hundreds of students!), she also won the  DVSF Special Jack Mixit Award. 

Nice job, Calamity!

* Special thanks to Ms. Beth Allen, Calamity's mom, for chaperoning on the DVSF school bus.
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Student Voices at AERA Conference

Yesterday, Marlyn and Edgar had a chance to present their writing at the American Education Research Association conference. After reading The Things They Carried, my students were asked to blend truth and fiction and write a story of their own. Ultimately, students submitted their work blindly (only ID # were used, names were not included in submission) and a judging committee made up of 12th grade students, parents, teachers, researchers, graduate students, and a professor chose the winners. I am so proud of all my students and congratulations to Marlyn and Edgar. 


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Congratulations, Tahmid Bhuiyan!

Congratulations to 9th grader and Community Involvement Club member, Tahmid Bhuiyan! Tahmid has been selected as a member of the 2014 team on the Schuylkill Acts & Impacts Expedition. As one of the strongest applicants in a very competitive pool, he was one of only two students selected from Philadelphia County to represent our region.

Congratulations, Tahmid!
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