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

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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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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Website Update

The SLA Middle School website has been redesigned and updated for ease of use.  Please be patient with us as we are still adding and updating content.

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Back To School

Dear Families of Science Leadership Academy Middle School Students: Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year! I hope that this letter finds you well and that you have all been enjoying your summer thus far. In addition to welcoming everyone “back to school”, I want...

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