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.
Click here to view the Student Handbook.
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
On Monday, March 13, 5th graders surprised Mr. Boyle with a new T-shirt. The T-shirt in question was special because it was the first mass produced SLA-MS T-shirt. It was made even better by the addition of every student signature on the front in bright colors....read more
As we move into Spring, there are a few important events coming up on the schedule for parents and students to be aware of: Friday, March 31 - Half Day for students. 12:20pm Dismissal. Tuesday, April 4 through Friday, April 7 - PSSA Test for Language Arts. Monday,...read more
Last Thursday, SLA-MS participated in the Philadelphia Scholastic Chess League's Playoff Finals. After defeating Blankenburg in the quarter finals five matches to two, the team was defeated the following week by PPACS, so the team was playing for third place in the...read more
5th graders speak with teacher Francesca from the National Museum of American Jewish History as they explore immigration and the 5th grade essential question, 'What makes community work?' We are also exploring individuals as change agents in their community and the...read more
Are you interested in working in an inquiry-driven, project based middle school? SLA-MS is starting the search for progressive educators to join our staff for the 17-18 school year. SLA-MS is looking for certified classroom teachers with a strong math and/or science...read more
Congrats to the SLAMS Chess Team on their recent wins!read more
What are the ways water moves and changes? STEM classes have been exploring this question for the last two weeks and are currently creating models that show how water changes and moves throughout the water cycle. Students are also developing their multiplicative...read more
In Health Class, our students are in the midst of a 25 day Health Challenge. Students picked a healthy habit that they want to try for 25 days such as drinking the daily recommended amount of water, eating fruits and veggies, giving up soda, going to bed early,...read more
Part way into our bookcase study, students began wondering if they would REALLY get to use power tools (the answer was, of course, yes!) and how these tools worked. From these questions, we began our study of Work and Simple Machines. Grounded in the question, "What...read more
After extensive work researching books students wanted to order for our library and building a budget with our allotted money, students were thrilled when the books finally arrived! It took only a few minutes before students were asking, "Where are going to keep all...read more