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About SLA

The Science Leadership Academy at Beeber is a second campus of The Science Leadership Academy, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning. The Science Leadership Academy at Beeber opened its doors on September 9, 2013 with its inaugural freshman class.

SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes.

For more info, check out our Mission Statement, Curriculum, and Admissions pages.

Congratulations to Junior Leyitha Achoute for Getting Accepted to the Monell Apprenticeship Program!

Congratulations to Class of 2017's Leyitha Achoute for being accepted to the Monell Apprenticeship Program at Monell Chemical Senses Center. Leyitha will be spending the whole summer, 9 hours a day, doing laboratory research on neuroscience and nutrition. Leyitha is very excited to broaden her horizons in the field of science and expanding her understanding of nutrition. Explore! 

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Freshmen Learn About and Create Street Art

​Freshmen at SLA Beeber explore these questions during their first year here:

"Who am I?"
"How do I interact with the environment?"
"How does the environment affect me?"

In our Art class we explore these questions as well: 

"What is art?"
"What makes someone an artist?"
"What does it mean to “see like an artist?”

After watching the Banksy movie "Exit Through the Gift Shop" and exploring the meaning behind street art, the evolution of street art into a commodity and the intricacies of fair use and reusing images, students then made their own street art. They, as a result, explored their own identity, their impact on their environment through the placement of their art around the building and the change in their perception of street art by now seeing like a street artist themselves.

Here is their street art and reflections:

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SLA@Beeber Green Team Meets Steve Ritz, Founder of the Green Bronx Machine

On April 19th, members of SLA@Beeber's Green Team were honored guests at the Stephen Ritz program “Food for a Change: Youth, Schools and Social Entrepreneurship” sponsored by Saint Joseph's University.  Steve Ritz is the founder of the Green Bronx Machine and a renowned educator who transformed the South Bronx by integrating urban farming in the school curriculum.

Students met Steve Ritz in person and even got his autograph! Sophomore Queren V. shared, "I feel so important. I can't believe we got front row seats and everyone is taking pictures of us!" All students were jaw dropped and left the night with amazing ideas of projects they wish to do at SLA@Beeber's urban farm.

Sophomore Kiersten B. shared:
"Steve Ritz's talk was eye-opening to me. Everywhere in this city, I see the remarkable effects people have on their environment. I've become conditioned to accept sidewalks being treated like landfills; I'm accustomed to concrete playgrounds and occasionally seeing houseplants. More often than not, I hear about the detrimental ways in which we're destroying the world around us. Yet, the before-and-after photos of the rooftop gardens amazed me. They allowed me to see a profoundly positive example of people interacting with their environment. Seeing a cityscape covered in greenery made the idea of a city seem less invasive-- as if, somehow, people can live comfortably without leaving Earth around them barren. I like to think that, one day, all cities will look that way. The entire talk served as a pleasant reminder that I don't have to be a passive player in my environment; the way my city looks is up to the all of the people who live in it, including me."

Let's Grow!

Photo Credit: Dr. Brent Smith from St. Joseph's University:

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