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

Open House At SLAMS

With School Selection upon us, we invite families of prospective students to visit us during the month of October and the first week of November.  Open Houses will be on Fridays, with both an AM session and a PM session.  RSVPs are required, as each session is limited...

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We’re Off to a Great Year with Expo Days!

   The 2017-2018 school year is off to an action packed start with Expo. Expo is a time for students to dive into the core values of SLA-MS: inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection. Each Expo group traveled to a preselected location in the...

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Back To School Night Thursday, September 14

Welcome back to school!  We are excited to see our 6th graders again, and to meet our new 5th graders.  This Thursday, September 14 is our Back To School Night.  We invite all families and students to join us for a pot luck dinner with your student's advisory followed...

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New Family Night June 12

To the Families and Students of the Class of 2021: Welcome to Science Leadership Academy Middle School! We are thrilled that you have chosen SLA-MS and we promise to do all that we can to be worthy of that choice. The next step in joining the SLA-MS community will be...

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75 Pounds of Bananas

  In STEM classes, students are exploring the question: what is a variable? On the math end we’re looking at variables in math equations and how we use order of operations to help us solve for these unknown values. On the science end, things are a little...smellier....

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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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