At a Glance

Chris Lehmann | E-mail

Phone: 215-400-7830
Fax: 215-400-7831

Student Enrollment: 502

1482 Green Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

SEPTA Routes: 2, 43, 61, C, Broad Street Line (to Spring Garden)

Mission & Approach to Learning

Science Leadership Academy is an inquiry-driven, project-based college-preparatory high school focused on 21st-century learning that opened its doors on September 7, 2006. SLA is a pioneer in the School 2.0 movement nation-wide and, as such, is dedicated to a modern, student-centered and authentic approach to learning.

Students at SLA learn in a technology-infused, project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation, and reflection are emphasized in all classes.

What We Offer

Points of Pride

  • Recognized as the Dell Center of Excellence for Education – 2014-current
  • Digital Video program won the Global 10- Day Film Challenge – 2019
  • Public League Champions: 2022, 2023 Swimming
  • Competed in 2018-23 State Playoffs – Baseball, Girls Volleyball, Cross-Country, Track, Girls Ultimate Frisbee, Boys Ultimate Frisbee, Football, Girls Basketball, Girls Soccer, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Swimming
  • Division-winning sports teams: Girls Soccer, Boys Softball, Baseball, Girls Volleyball
  • Nationally recognized 1:1 laptop program
  • 2011 City Debate Champions, 2016-2018 National Debate qualifiers
  • Four year Advisory program •
  • 2019 State Qualifier – FIRST Robotics
  • Grants from Dell, Braskem and State Farm
  • Over $2 million dollars in merit based scholarships for the Class of 2023
  • Principal Lehmann named as the Best Principal in Philadelphia, 2021 & 2022 – Metro Philadelphia
  • Slam Poetry program, placing students on Philadelphia Youth Slam team and home to multiple Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureates • Hosts the yearly national education conference – EduCon – planned by students, teachers, parents and community.
  • Award-winning student journalism program
  • Multiple Faculty Members are published education authors: –
    • Chris Lehmann – Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need
    • Matthew Kay – multiple books including Not Light but Fire; How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom
    • Larissa Pahomov – Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry
    • Joshua Block – Teaching for a Living Democracy: Project-Based Learning in the English and History Classroom
  • Named as one of the Ten Most Amazing Schools by Ladies Home Journal in Aug. 2010
  • Featured in the PBS Documentary, Digital Media: New Learners for the 21st Century
  • Apple Distinguished School: 2009-2013
  • President Barack Obama spoke with graduating Class of 2012
  • Gates Millennium Scholars 2010-2014
  • Designed and built a solar distillation system for a hospital in Sierra Leone
  • Two patents pending for a flow process biodiesel generator

Courses & Program Highlights

  • Approved CTE Programs:
    • Engineering Technologies
    • Film and Video Production
  • Dual Enrollment Program: Drexel University, U. Penn Scholars and Community College of Philadelphia
  • Streamed courses in 9-11 Grades; 10 and 11 Grade Individualized Learning Plan; 12 Grade Capstone Course
  • Courses offered in Digital Filmmaking, Computer Science Engineering, General Engineering, Anatomy & Physiology, Journalism, Philosophy, Art Studio, Ceramics, Drama/Playwriting, Debate, and Music, Civics

Extracurricular Activities

  • Art Club
  • Black Student Union
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service Club
  • Debate
  • Digital Video
  • Drama
  • Dream Interpretation Club
  • Engineering Club
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Improv
  • Journalism
  • Lit Mag
  • Math Club
  • Music
  • Peer Mediation
  • Poetry Slam
  • Rock Climbing
  • Robotics
  • Science Club
  • Student Leadership
  • Student Action Board
  • Tech Club
  • Theater
  • Yearbook

Sports Teams

  • Badminton (w/ Ben Franklin HS)
  • Baseball
  • Basketball—Girls and Boys
  • Cross Country—Co-ed
  • Football (w/ Ben Franklin HS)
  • Golf (w/ Constitution HS)
  • Lacrosse—Girls and Boys (w/ Palumbo & Masterman)
  • Soccer—Girls and Boys
  • Softball
  • Students Run Philly Style
  • Tennis (w/ Masterman)
  • Track—Co-ed
  • Ultimate Frisbee—Girls and Boys
  • Volleyball—Girls and Boys


  • Braskem
  • The Clay Studio
  • Drexel University
  • Eat Right Philly
  • 100+ organizations partnering for student Individualized Learning Plans

Admission Criteria

  • Grades: As and Bs with one C
  • Attendance: 90%
  • Standardized Test: 50th Percentile in ELA and
    50th Percentile in Math
  • Additional Requirements: Individual project-based presentation.