SLA At A Glance

Mission & Approach to Learning: The Science Leadership Academy is a partnership high school between The School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute. SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics, and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA learn in a technology-infused, projectbased environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation, and reflection are emphasized in all classes.

Points of Pride:

• Recognized as the Dell Center of Excellence for Education – 2014-current • Digital Video program won the Global 10-Day Film Challenge – 2019 • Competed in 2018-19 State Playoffs – Baseball, Girls Volleyball, Cross-Country, Track, Girls Ultimate Frisbee, Boys Ultimate Frisbee • Division-winning sports teams: Girls’ Soccer, Softball, Baseball, Girls Volleyball • Nationally recognized 1:1 laptop program • 2011 City Debate Champions, 2016-2018 National Debate qualifiers • Four year Advisory program • 2019 State Qualifier – FIRST Robotics • Award-winning student journalism program • Over $2 million dollars in merit based scholarships for the Class of 2019 • Named as one of the Ten Most Amazing Schools by Ladies Home Journal in Aug. 2010 • Featured in the PBS Documentary, Digital Media: New Learners for the 21st Century • Apple Distinguished School: 2009-2013 • President Barack Obama spoke with graduating Class of 2012 • Gates Millennium Scholars 2010-2014 • Designed and built a solar distillation system for a hospital in Sierra Leone • Two patents pending for a flow process biodiesel generator • Slam Poetry program, placing students on Philadelphia Youth Slam team and home to current Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate • Grants from Dell, Braskem and State Farm • Took part in White House Google Hangout as part of ConnectED White House initiative in 2013

Courses & Program Highlights:

Approved CTE Programs: • Engineering Technologies • Film and Video Production

Dual Enrollment Program: Drexel University, U. Penn Scholars and Community College of Philadelphia

Streamed courses in 9-11 Grades; 10 and 11 Grade Individualized Learning Plan; 12 Grade Capstone Course

Courses offered in Digital Filmmaking, Computer Science Engineering, General Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Journalism, Debate, Art Studio, Ceramics, Drama/Playwriting, Debate, and Music

Extracurricular Activities: Art Club • Chess Club • Community Service Club • Debate • Digital Video • Drama • Dream Interpretation Club • Engineering Club • Gay-Straight Alliance • Improv • Journalism • Lit Mag • Math Club • Music • Peer Mediation • Poetry Slam • Robotics • Science Club • Student Leadership • Tech Club • Theater • Yearbook

Sports Teams (w/ Ben Franklin): • Badminton • Baseball • Basketball—Girls’ and Boys’ • Cross Country—Co-ed • Football • Soccer—Girls’ and Boys’ • Softball • Students Run Philly Style • Track—Co-ed • Ultimate Frisbee—Girls’ and Boys’ • Volleyball—Girls’

Partnerships: • Braskem • Drexel University • 100+ organizations partnering for student Individualized Learning Plans