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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

New Crew, Same Result. "REVERB"- Rough Cut's latest Short- Wins TSA Film Competition

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A feverish two weeks of filmmaking yielded excellent results. With "REVERB" winning the top award on Saturday, we qualify to represent Philadelphia at the State conference for the 2nd year in a row. 

Back-to-Back Champs, and the 10th award for a Rough Cut Film in 2015-16!

Here's a link to "REVERB" on the Director's Youtube Channel
Congratulations to Soledad Alfaro-Allah, Tamira Bell, Tiarra Bell, Addy Gonzalez, Cacy Thomas, Eamon Kelly, Declan Zisser and Mitchell "Des" Berven-Stotz. I'm so proud of this new crew!

#roughcut4life #roughcutfilmfest2016
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Tamira Bell qualified in Photography too, and big shout outs to Saamir Baker and Lyle Seitz for some amazing photography. Can't wait to print your work for our exhibition in June during the Rough Cut Film Festival (6/13-6/20) 

#roughcut4life #roughcutfilmfrest2016
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State Farm Grants SLA a New Maker Space!

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board has granted Science Leadership Academy - Center City $99,007 to build a new MakerSpace in support of the inquiry-driven, project-based curriculum of the school. The MakerSpace will support both the Engineering program at SLA and the overall academic program, enabling students to create artifacts of their learning in new and powerful ways! 

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Support SLA by Shopping!

Families - 

If you use for your holiday shopping, you can raise money for our school just by shopping! 

If you go to and identify Science Leadership Academy HSA as your charity, a percentage of your purchases will go to SLA every time you shop! All you have to do is go to every time, rather than, and it will always happen at no extra cost to you! 

Support SLA while shopping, who could ask for more?

Happy shopping!

-- Mr. Lehmann
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Schedule for conferences 12/02-12/03

12/02 Wed: Evening conferences
8:15-9:10 D
9:15-10:10 E
10:15-11:10 A
11:15-12:10 B
12:15-12:45 Advisory
12:50 lunch
1:30-3:30pm ILPs and TFI
3:30pm - 8pm conferences
12/03 Thur: Afternoon conferences (half-day)
8:15-9:05 C
9:10-10:00 D
10:05-10:55 X/Y
11:00-11:50 E
11:55-12:45 A
12:50 Lunch 
1:30pm -4:30pm Conferences

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CIC's work to be exhibited at the Philadelphia Int'l Airport

Last year, SLA's Community Involvement Club (CIC) decorated dozens and dozens of egg shells for Cascarones por la Vida. We have just been informed that our work will be displayed in the Philadelphia International Airport's Art at the Airport exhibition this fall! It will be in the international departures and arrivals gates area.  

If you're interested in doing community service, come to our meetings on Thursdays X (204) and Y (207). We have many opportunities coming up including:
- volunteering at the Philly Marathon on Nov. 22, 
- sorting toys at Youth Services, Inc (YSI) in West Philly for their holiday drive on Dec. 12, and
- wrapping gifts for Brighter Holidays on 15th and Pine on Dec. 5th, 7th and 12th.

Sign up for the holiday service projects here.
Sign up for the Philly Marathon here. PW: klove Team Affiliation: Team SLA
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