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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

Girls Basketball Advances in Playoffs!

by Antoinette Hiller & Imani Holness

The SLA Rockets launched their way to the 2nd round in the Girls' Basketball playoffs. The team had an amazing win yesterday against Delaware Valley Charter, beating the Warriors 64- 18. Sophomore Dejah Williams scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and secured 5 blocks. Sophomore Devia Terry had an incredible game with 10 points and 17 rebounds. Lastly, Imani Holness, co- captain, had 10 rebounds. Everyone on the team was able to score due to non- stop teamwork and unbreakable determination. The Rockets are scheduled to play the Academy @ Palumbo Wednesday at 11th St, and Catharine at 3:15.  Good luck to the Rockets! 
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"EVAN" WINS 1st Place at T.S.A. Regionals, Advances to State in April

CU - Brian's Eyes
Brian, Jenny, Sieanna and Marshall DID IT!

The 5-minute cut of their Genre Study film "EVAN" blew away the judges to take 1st Place today in Quakertown!!! 

Never had a doubt this would move the ground beneath their feet, but the judges unanimously agreed this film was ready for the next level of competition. Next up, T.S.A. States in April, then Nationals in June.

Ideas are swirling on how far this project can truly go. Considering "Writer's Block" barely missed scoring the Grand Prize at WHYY Youth Media Awards, a 7-minute version of "EVAN" is sure to earn a nomination for Film of the Year. 

I am so very proud of the effort, dedication and creativity they all put into this film. That goes for everyone else who participated in front and behind the camera on this project. This is a true team win!!!


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Debate Rolls to Victory !


Congrats to the SLA Debate Team!  A number of our debaters were recognized at the ASAP League Finals on Wednesday, December 17th:

  • Anna Sugrue and Nashay Day won first place in the Varsity Division by defeating Masterman's top team in the championship match.
  • Kiamesso DaSilva and Eva Karlen earned first place in the Novice Division, going undefeated for the entire season.
  • Ari Haven and Gabrielle Kreidie were recognized as top-speakers in the Novice Division, placing first and second respectively.

Overall, the SLA Debate Team captured first place in the Team Sweepstakes!!

Great season debaters; you should all be proud of your hard work.

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SLA Interview Weekend

​We look forward to meeting everyone for SLA's interview weekend. As a reminder perspective students must have signed up in advanced for an interview. All interviews are conducted at SLA Center City  at 55 N 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Remember your child must bring a project from 7th or 8th grade that they feel is a representation of their best work. Please be aware, if your child does not attend at their allotted time, we cannot reschedule interviews due to high demand. SLA does not have a parking lot, we recommend using public transportation whenever and wherever possible. 
There are pay lots and meters available near SLA but spaces are limited.

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The 4th Floor Publishes Chapbooks

Science Leadership Academy's Literary Magazine, The 4th Floor, has partnered with The Head and the Hand Press to install a chapbook vending machine in our 3rd floor ballroom. The vending machine is filled with chapbooks from local authors, including SLA's own Ruby Anderson and Alex Marothy. Be sure check out the vending machine next time you are in the mood for a tasty short story!

Be sure to read CBS Philly's story about the kick-off event!
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