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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

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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Nick Clark Takes 1-Hitter into 7th; Ben Simon Shuts Door on Lincoln; SLA Reaches City Final Four

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Every Rocket that stepped to the plate got at least 1 hit (nearly everyone got 2) in a convincing win over tough A-Division Lincoln. A huge bunt by Ben Simon moved a runner to third after Kevin Williams smacked a double down the third base line, and David Baker tied the game 1-1 with an RBI single. In an epic at bat, Ben Simon struck again in the 5th with a critical 2-run single to give SLA a 3-1 lead. Kevin Courtney crushed a shot to left center to plate 2 more making it 5-1 in the 6th. Ijustice Avery and Lukas Supovitz-Aznar made ESPN-worthy defensive stops to help Nick Clark take a 1-hitter into the final inning, and Ben Simon came in to end Lincoln's season.

The Rockets continue to prove doubters wrong with their 16th straight win, the last 3 over A-Division powerhouses Esperanza, Frankford and Lincoln. SLA advances to their first Public League Final Four, and will play MaST Charter to reach the City Final. (Video of Final Out)
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