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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.

Calling Class of 2018 for Summer Institute 2014 - 8/26,27,28

Class of 2018, 
Please come and join us for 3 mornings of introductions and exploration!

Seeing Ourselves/Seeing the City
An Expedition into 9th Grade

August 26th – August 28th 9:00 am – 12:00 noon - bring a lunch

At the Science Leadership Academy, we understand that the transition into High School can be a difficult one. We are pleased to offer a three-day Summer Institute this August, to ease that transition and allow our students and faculty to begin forging bonds together as a learning community – before the “hard work” of the classroom begins.

Led by faculty and upper-class students, this three-day orientation will have two goals, the first is to begin the process of bringing them into the unique, diverse SLA community. To that end, students will spend part of the time in their Advisory Groups, getting to know the students and teachers that will be a part of their community from their first day at SLA through graduation and beyond.

Second, the week will be built around our philosophy of student-driven, hands-on, project-based learning. We want to introduce our students to SLA’s core values of InquiryResearchCollaborationPresentation, and Reflection from the start, and get them acclimated to the high expectations we have for their high school careers. Using The Franklin Institute and other Philadelphia sites as their “classroom,” students will begin working to explore a variety of questions and problems relating to their surroundings and their place within it. Our students will practice the art of “seeing in new ways” as it relates to the process of observation, analysis, and interpretation.

During Summer Institute, students will work to ultimately create a collaborative project to present to their classmates, while, at the same time, establishing positive relationships and a sense of themselves as first-year SLA students. It will be an exciting, enriching, and energizing way to gear up for the year.

See you in August!

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Mr. Lehmann wins National Award

Congratulations to Mr. Lehmann! Mr. Lehmann is one of three winners this year of the prestigious Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education.

Lehmann was awarded the Rising Star award for his work in founding SLA, which opened in 2006, and pushing to open a second SLA campus at Beeber Middle School last year.

Read more at : http://articles.philly.com/2014-08-02/news/52332155_1_sla-philadelphia-school-partnership-science-leadership-academy

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Senior Schedule


June 13th

  • 7:45am Graduation Practice - The Franklin Institute

  • 9:30am - Return to SLA for…

    • Yearbook Signing

    • Graduation tickets

    • Cap and Gown

    • Breakfast/Snacks will be served

June 16th

  • 7:45am - 9:30am - Graduation Practice - The Franklin Institute

  • 4:00 pm - Students Report to The Franklin Institute for Graduation

  • 5:00 pm - Doors open for seating of guests/parents/families

  • 5:50 pm - Doors close for seating of guests/parents/families

  • 6:00 pm - Graduation Processional

  • 6:10 pm - Doors will reopen for late arrivals

June 17th

  • Pick up Diplomas outside the office 10am-noon

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