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

Site Selection Open House at SLAMS on 5-17

Interested in working with an amazing group of students and educators?  Want a chance to learn about the school and open positions first hand?  On Wednesday, May 17, SLAMS will be hosting a Site Selection Open House.  If you are interested in one of the open positions...

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Sometimes a T-Shirt is More than a T-Shirt

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....

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Upcoming Dates To Remember

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,...

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National Museum of American Jewish History Visit

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...

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SLAMS is Hiring!

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...

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The Water Cycle & Multiplication in STEM

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...

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Health Class Update

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,...

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Create A Tool

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...

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