Mission & Vision

“How do we learn?”

“What can we create?”

“What does it mean to lead?”

These three essential questions form the basis of instruction at the Science Leadership Academy Middle School (SLA-MS), a School District middle school opening in September 2016. SLA-MS is built on the notion that inquiry is the very first step in the process of learning. Developed in partnership with Drexel University and its commitment to inquiry-based science, SLA-MS provides a vigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA-MS learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes.

The structure of the Science Leadership Academy Middle School reflects its core values, with longer class periods to allow for more laboratory work in science classes and performance-based learning in all classes. In addition, students will have weekly opportunities to work with University and Community partners, as well as with The Academy of Natural Sciences.

At SLA-MS, learning is not just something that happens from 8:15am to 3:20pm, but a continuous process that expands beyond the four walls of the classroom into every facet of our lives.

Student Handbook

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SLA-MS is currently located at the Dornsife Center at Drexel, located at 36th and Spring Garden, while our permanent home is being constructed.

News & Updates

Google Classroom and Google Apps at SLAMS

SLAMS students utilize Google Classroom and Google Apps for much of their work here.  Parents and students can access these accounts at home from virtually any device connected to the internet.  Below are some instructions on accessing these tools outside of SLAMS. On...

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School Selection Process Seminar

Have questions or concerns about the School Selection Process?  We will be hosting a seminar for those interested in learning about the School Selection Process and how to apply to SLAMS. The seminar will take place from 10am to 12pm on October 22nd. Location 3509...

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School Selection Process

The School Selection Process is now open.  The School Selection Process is for students and families who wish to apply to special admission, citywide admission and out-of-boundary schools for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information, and to register for the...

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Open House Days at SLAMS

SLAMS is hosting open houses for prospective students and their families.  If you are interested in having your child attend SLAMS and would like to visit during the school day to see us in action, we invite you to visit us.  Open houses are held on Thursdays through...

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Thanks For A Great Back To School Night

SLAMS Families, Thank you so much for a wonderful first Back To School Night!  We had an amazing turn out of parents, kids, and family members last night.  Many wonderful dishes were shared at our pot luck dinner, and it was great to be able to meet all of the...

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Back To School Night

SLAMS Families, please join us on Tuesday, September 27 at 4:45pm for our first annual Back To School Night.  Please see the flyer below for details.  You can also view the flyer...

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Project Information – Techsplorations

Techsplorations classes are beginning their end of unit project.  Below are the guidelines and rubrics. [pdf-embedder url="http://slamiddle.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Digital-Citizenship-Guide-Instructions.pdf" title="digital-citizenship-guide-instructions"]

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at SLAMS

On Tuesday, September 20, the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Science Leadership Academy Middle School was held.  Dignitaries from around Philadelphia converged to celebrate the launch of this new school. @SLAMiddle pic.twitter.com/Jpxd4Ke754 — Iwhorship...

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First Day Of School

Welcome SLAMS students and families!  Our first day of school is tomorrow, September 7.  Doors will open for breakfast at 7:45am, and the instructional day begins at 8:15am and runs until 3:20pm.  Our first four days we will be visiting local libraries, parks, and...

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