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

Walking Tour of West Philadelphia

Today is the day!  Join us on our walking tour of West Philadelphia as we celebrate Bravery In The Neighborhood! In Humanities, students have been studying bravery from both a personal and historical perspective. We've looked at bravery within ourselves as readers and...

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Home & School Fundraisers in December

SLAMS Families and Friends, Home and School is having THREE fundraisers!  On Thursday, 12/14 and Wednesday, 12/20 they will be hosting bake sales during student lunchtimes.  Students will be able to purchase a variety of delicious baked goods during their lunch break....

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School Selection Ends Today

Just a reminder that the School Selection Process ends today.  Don't forget to visit https://www.philasd.org/studentplacement/services/school-selection/ to apply to both SLA-MS and our new 5th grade at SLA Beeber. For more information on how to complete the School...

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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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