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 (conducted virtually for the 2021 admissions season) with a presentation of completed work, As and Bs with exception of one C, 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

Sign up for your presentation here.

*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

SLA @ Beeber: Wednesday, Oct 20th 6pm – 7pm

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. There will be 6pm and 7pm sessions — and the link to register is the same for both sessions.

Register to attend here!

Shadowing and Tours:

We are not offering traditional shadowing this year. However, we will be offering small-group information sessions and tours for current 8th grade students. You can sign up here!

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 at the link below — 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. During the virtual presentations, students may share Google links and/or show the projects on camera.

Sign up for your presentation here!

2021 Virtual Presentation Dates

First Weekend: November 20-21

Second Weekend: December 4-5

Sign up for your presentation here!