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Overall
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Science Leadership Academy
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Math
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Science
This rating represents the percentage of students performing in each of the four performance bands for this subject, as measured by the most recently available standardized test data. For reference, the performance bands are as follows: (1) Below Basic; (2) Basic; (3) Proficient; and (4) Advanced. We then compare this school's performance to other schools in Philadelphia, with a 10 representing the highest academic performance. Note: this rating was calculated using data from the 2016-17 school year. Learn More
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School Incidents
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Reading
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Attendance
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College Bound
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School Details

  • School TypePublic District Special Admit
  • Grade Levels9-12
  • Waiting List Size100
  • Enrollment500
  • PrincipalMr Chris Lehmann
  • Phone Number215-400-7830
  • School Emailadmissions@scienceleadership.org
  • SEPTA RoutesMFL (30th Street), Bus (33, 38, 48), Trolley (10, 11, 13, 34, 36), RR (30th Street Station)
  • Address 55 North 22nd Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • NeighborhoodCenter City West
  • Application DeadlineNovember 2nd, 2018
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Mission

SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA learn in a technology-infused, project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research,...

SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA learn in a technology-infused, project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes.

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Points of Pride

SLA is the National Dell Computing Center for Excellence in Educational Technology. The school has been written about in many local and national publications including Edutopia Magazine, EdWeek and the Philadelphia Inquirer. The school was featured...

SLA is the National Dell Computing Center for Excellence in Educational Technology. The school has been written about in many local and national publications including Edutopia Magazine, EdWeek and the Philadelphia Inquirer. The school was featured on the Obama White House website in a GoogleHangout on educational technology. The Class of 2018 received over $3 million in college financial aid. The CTE Engineering program has worked with the Easter Seals, Engineers without Borders and many other organizations to develop tools to improve the lives of people all over the world. The CTE Digital Video program has been recognized nationally for their student films.

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Admissions Policy

Must have A's and B's, with the possible exception of one C. Must score at least the 50th percentile or above on 7th grade PSSA. Must have good attendance, punctuality and behavior. Must submit a teacher or counselor recommendation. Must...

Must have A's and B's, with the possible exception of one C. Must score at least the 50th percentile or above on 7th grade PSSA. Must have good attendance, punctuality and behavior. Must submit a teacher or counselor recommendation. Must complete a project-based interview held in November and early December.* *Interested applicants who meet our admissions criteria should call the school at 215-979-5620 to set up an interview. SLA will not initiate contact with any students to set up interviews. The interview is a project-based interview. Students should bring a school paper or project done in 7th or 8th grade that they feel is a strong representation of who they are as a student. Projects will be returned to applicants. Students may include photocopies of their work.

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Safety & Culture

Science Leadership Academy has a four-year advisory program so that every child has an advocate and is part of a small learning community, and every parent knows who his or her first point of contact is at the school. SLA uses narrative report cards...

Science Leadership Academy has a four-year advisory program so that every child has an advocate and is part of a small learning community, and every parent knows who his or her first point of contact is at the school. SLA uses narrative report cards in the first and third quarters and does parent-adviser-student conferences so that parents, students and advisers can have deep conversations about school and student progress.

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Accreditations & Honors

Named as one of "Ten Most Amazing Schools" by Ladies Home Journal in August 2010; featured in the PBS documentary, Digital Media: New Learners for the 21st Century; Apple Distinguished School: 2009-2013; 2011 city debate champions; featured...

Named as one of "Ten Most Amazing Schools" by Ladies Home Journal in August 2010; featured in the PBS documentary, Digital Media: New Learners for the 21st Century; Apple Distinguished School: 2009-2013; 2011 city debate champions; featured in 2012 Philadelphia Magazine as "One of the Best Schools in Philadelphia." Named the Dell Center of Excellence in Learning in 2013. Named as a "Breaking Ranks" School by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in 2015.

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School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 36%
White 33.7%
Hispanic 11.5%
Asian 10.8%
Other 8%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 51.7%
Male Students 48.3%

Special Education

Special Ed 11.7%

Gifted Education

Gifted 11.3%

Economically Disadvantaged

Students who are economically disadvantaged 42%

English Language Learners

English Language Learner 4.1%

Students Per Grade

9th Grade Students
125
10th Grade Students
125
11th Grade Students
125
12th Grade Students
125
Total Students
500

School Incidents

Incidents Per 100 Students
0.5

Academics

College Rate

College Rate 84%

AP Class Offerings

  • AP Class Other

Activities & Programs

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs

  • Engineering,
  • Web Info,
  • Voc Other

Arts Programs

  • Instrumental,
  • Theater,
  • Visual Arts,
  • Choir,
  • Ceramics,
  • School Plays,
  • School Musicals,
  • Poetry,
  • Literature,
  • Film,
  • Other

Sports Programs

  • Basketball,
  • Soccer,
  • Baseball,
  • Softball,
  • Track and Field,
  • Cross Country,
  • Cheerleading,
  • Girls Basketball,
  • Girls Track and Field,
  • Girls Soccer,
  • Girls Volleyball,
  • Sports Other

Other Sports

Ultimate Frisbee, Students Run Philly Style

Ultimate Frisbee, Students Run Philly Style

Other Activities

Art club; community service club; chess club; debate; drama; engineering club; Gay-Straight Alliance; SLAMedia/journalism; Lit Mag; math club; newspaper; peer mediation; poetry slam; Rough Cut Media; science club; student leadership; tech club;...

Art club; community service club; chess club; debate; drama; engineering club; Gay-Straight Alliance; SLAMedia/journalism; Lit Mag; math club; newspaper; peer mediation; poetry slam; Rough Cut Media; science club; student leadership; tech club; yearbook; yoga

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Electives

Dual enrollment program: Drexel University, U. Penn Scholars, and Community College of Philadelphia; streamed courses in grades 9-11; 10th and 11th grade Individualized Learning Plan; 12th grade Capstone Course; courses offered in Digital Filmmaking,...

Dual enrollment program: Drexel University, U. Penn Scholars, and Community College of Philadelphia; streamed courses in grades 9-11; 10th and 11th grade Individualized Learning Plan; 12th grade Capstone Course; courses offered in Digital Filmmaking, Computer Science Engineering, General Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Journalism, Debate, Art Studio, Drama/Playwrighting

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Language Programs

  • Spanish

Parent Programs

  • Parents Home and School Association

Parent Involvement

School Store, Tutoring, School Leadership, Advisory Parents, Grade-Level Parents, EduCon Team, Many other opportunities.

School Store, Tutoring, School Leadership, Advisory Parents, Grade-Level Parents, EduCon Team, Many other opportunities.

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