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, 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

*PSSA Scores will not be used as an admissions criteria in the 2021-22 school year.

Virtual Open House Dates

SLA – Center City: Wednesday, Oct 13th – 6pm – 8pm

You are invited to join us at 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 small-group information sessions and tours for current 8th grade students. Check back for signups the first week of October!


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.

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.

2021 Virtual Interview Dates

First Weekend: October 23-24

Second Weekend: November 20-21

Sign-ups for interviews will begin at the end of September.