Students who are interested in applying to SLA must apply through the School District of Philadelphia portal AND reach out to us to schedule an interview.

If you want to apply to BOTH SLA Campuses, you MUST add both campuses to your choice list on the High School Selection online form. If you only put one of the schools, you will NOT be considered for acceptance into the other.

Information about the School District of Philadelphia high school selection process is posted here

Admission Criteria:

Admission to SLA is based on a combination of a student interview at the school with a presentation of completed work, Advanced or Proficient 6th grade standardized test scores*, As and Bs with the possible exception of one C, teacher or counselor recommendation (optional) and good attendance and punctuality. Interested families must contact the school to set up an appointment for an interview. SLA will not initiate the interview process with families.

Students must select both SLA Center City and SLA @ Beeber on their School District of Philadelphia High School Application to be considered for both sites. To access the online application, visit this site: Student Placement

*Due to unique circumstances, standardized test scores will be given lower consideration than other admissions criteria

Open House Dates

SLA – Center City: Wednesday, Oct 14th – 5pm or 6pm

You are invited to join us at 5pm or 6pm to learn more about SLA Center City. We will present an overview on academics and student life at SLA, followed by break-out groups where you will have the opportunity to have your questions answered by current teachers and students.





We are not offering traditional shadowing during virtual learning. However, we will be offering Wednesday afternoon small-group information sessions for current 8th grade students. Students can sign up here.


Students MUST interview in order to be accepted to SLA. Students who are applying to both campuses need only to attend one interview. SLA will not initiate contact with any students to set up interviews. As of 12/2/20, our interviews are complete.

The interview is a project-based interview. Students should share a project done in 7th or 8th grade that they feel is a strong representation of who they are as a student. During the virtual interviews, students may share Google links and/or show the projects on camera.

2020 Interview Dates

First Weekend: October 24-25

Second Weekend: November 21-22