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

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 project-based presentation with the school with a presentation of completed work, As and Bs with exception of one C, 50th percentile on the 7th grade PSSA Math and Reading scores, and 95% attendance. Interested families must contact the school to set up an appointment for the presentation. SLA will not initiate the presentation process with families.

With regard to SLA – Center City and SLA@Beeber, students will only be considered for the campuses they select through the district’s process. Therefore, 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

Students should sign-ups for Project-Based Presentations via

Open House Dates

SLA – Center City: Wednesday, Oct. 19th 5:30 – 7:30

SLA @ Beeber:Wednesday, Oct. 19th 5:30 – 7:30


Shadowing and Tours:

Students can sign up for a shadow date by signing up at Student shadows will be expected to wear a mask for their shadow day, given that we have no way of tracking if a shadowing student is affected by the Mask to Stay policy at the time of their shadow.

Project-Based Presentation:

Students must go through a project-based presentation in order to be considered for admission to SLA. Students who are applying to both campuses need only to attend one presentation. Interested families should sign up for a presentation via — the school will not contact families to set up the presentation.

This is a project-based presentation, and as such 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.


2022 Presentation Dates

First Weekend: Nov. 5-6, 2022

Second Weekend: Dec. 3-4, 2022