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

SLA-MS Awarded Picasso Grant!

We are very excited to announce SLA-MS has been awarded the Picasso Project Grant by the Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY). This grant highlights the mission of PCCY to advocate for equitable arts education in Philadelphia schools. Money from the grant...

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Becoming Braver in Humanities

Students are deep in their project in the Team Humanities unit, “Becoming Braver.” Students are writing an essay to compare how two characters, one from their most recent literature circle book and one from another book they’ve read this year, change over time. In...

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Important Dates – February

Happy February!  Below are several important dates to be aware of this month. Monday, February 5: Art & Tech Switch! Wednesday, February 14: Early Dismissal @ 12:20 Thursday, February 15: Early Dismissal @ 12:20 Thursday, February 15: Mobile Teaching Kitchen Visit...

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Learn More About Our Learning Maximizer, Ms. E!

Our very own Ms. E was featured recently in an article on the Tarrant Institute's website.  SLAMS could not function without all the hard work Ms. E puts in as our SEL.  Check out the article and learn more about all that our Learning Maximizer does for our students...

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SLAMS Featured In The Tribune

Check it out!  SLAMS is featured in the Learning Key section of the Philadelphia Tribune!  In the Student Corner, 6th grader Johannah shares her experiences here at SLAMS.  In the School of the Week section, read about the awesome Bravery In The Neighborhood Podcast...

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Miss E.’s Home for Wayward Children

Beginning February 1st - "Miss E.’s Home for Wayward Children"! Need some extra help? Homework got you down? Can’t figure out that project? Missed a concept in class? Craving a little one-on-one attention? Then "Miss E.’s Home for Wayward Children" is for you!! Join...

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Science Updates

In science, we have been exploring the impacts of reducing, reusing, recycling at SLAMS and the world at large. In a sample collected by our 5th and 6th graders, we learned that over 60% of our waste at school is paper and nearly 80% of our total waste is recyclable...

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Environmental Art

The 6th grade just finished doing a big linocut-printing project in art! Each student chose a letter of the alphabet and researched an environmental related topic they found, expanding on the work they were doing In science on recycling! From their research they...

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