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.

Deadline for High School Selection 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 PSSA 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 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

Open House Dates

SLA @ Beeber: Wednesday, Oct. 2nd – 5:30 – 7:30 pm

SLA – Center City: Wednesday, Oct 16th – 5:30 – 8:00pm

Families do not need to call to schedule attendance for Open Houses.


Shadowing for prospective students will begin on October 1. We will re-open shadowing in the spring for accepted students. Prospective Students can start scheduling interviews and shadow dates on Sept. 23rd by calling 215-400-7830. Please call between 9 AM and 2 PM.


Students MUST interview in order to be accepted to SLA. Interested applicants who meet our admissions criteria should call the school at 215-400-7830 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

2019 Interview Dates TBA

First Weekend: November 2-3, 2019 @ SLA – Center City

Second Weekend: November 23-24, 2019 @ SLA – Beeber

Where a student interviews has no bearing on which school they apply to. Interviews are not campus-specific. The only thing that determines which campus a student has applied to is their SDP High School selections.