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.
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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
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
This week, both Humanities will be working through the principles of the Black Lives Matter movement. Through reading a variety of fiction and informational texts, they will be thinking and talking about how these principles integrate with the 5th grade essential...read more
This weekend, SLAMS students participated in the Checkmate Violence chess tournament at Temple University. On Saturday, Jayden G., Christopher W., and Sophia C. all had a chance to compete in their first tournament, and while the competition was tough, these three...read more
Our Winter Break is approaching quickly. Below are some reminders about important dates. The last day of school before the break will be Friday, December 23. This is a FULL DAY. School will be closed the entire week of December 26th. School resumes for STAFF on...read more
Students who are interested in further math exploration will have opportunities throughout the week to join Ms. Hilary and Ms. Ironside for Math Lab. This time will be devoted to skill support, new math puzzles and challenges, and general STEM project work. Math Lab...read more
Dr. Joe has been leading the Chess Club at SLAMS. Yesterday, the SLAMS chess team DOMINATED at the first tournament of the season, with many using the 4-move "Scholars checkmate" to defeat their opponents in under 1 minute! Zaid J. lost in his first round, but then...read more
Next week is a short week for SLAMS students. Monday, November 21 through Wednesday, November 23 are half days for students. Dismissal is at 12:20pm. School is closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. SLAMS re-opens on...read more
SLAMS students utilize Google Classroom and Google Apps for much of their work here. Parents and students can access these accounts at home from virtually any device connected to the internet. Below are some instructions on accessing these tools outside of SLAMS. On...read more