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 36th and Market St, while our permanent home is being constructed.

News & Updates

Building News

Hello SLA-MS families!  We wanted to let everyone know that construction is proceeding well at the new Market Street location.  The contractors are hard at work prepping our new classrooms.  In order to let them get the work done safely, we cannot accommodate visitors...

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School Dates & New Location

Happy summer, everyone!  We hope you have been enjoying your time with family and friends.  The new school year is upon us, and SLAMS will be kicking off its third year soon! First Day Of School Monday, August 27, 2018.  Doors open for students at 7:45 and classes...

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Lead Like A Girl

On Saturday, April 14 several SLAMS students attended the Lead Like A Girl conference in Princeton, NJ.  Joselyn M., Jayla J., and Sophia C. joined Ms. Martin to help present two sessions at this event.  This conference is designed to showcase and inspire girls’...

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Rovercast Episode 2

After a long wait, Episode 2 of our podcast, Rovercast, is live!  You can find us on iTunes, or any of your favorite podcast providers.  Just search for Rovercast.  You can also listen to it on our podcast page.  We hope to have one more episode before we break for...

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Field Trip to the Museum of the American Revolution

On Monday, SLA-MS students headed to the Museum of the American Revolution as part of the wrap-up to our most recent unit in Humanities - Societies Becoming Braver: The American Revolution. For the past month students have been working on a dual perspective journal....

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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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