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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.

Seeing Ourselves/Seeing the City: An Expedition into 9th Grade

August 28th – August 30th 9:00 am – 12:00 noon - bring a lunch

At the Science Leadership Academy, we understand that the transition into High School can be a difficult one. We are pleased to offer a one-week Summer Institute this August, to ease that transition and allow our students and faculty to begin forging bonds together as a learning community – before the “hard work” of the classroom begins.

Led by faculty and upper-class students, this one-week orientation will have two goals, the first is to begin the process of bringing them into the unique, diverse SLA community. To that end, students will spend part of the time in their Advisory Groups, getting to know the students and teachers that will be a part of their community from their first day at SLA through graduation and beyond.

Second, the week will be built around our philosophy of student-driven, hands-on, project-based learning. We want to introduce our students to SLA’s core values of InquiryResearchCollaboration,Presentation, and Reflection from the start, and get them acclimated to the high expectations we have for their high school careers. Using The Franklin Institute and other Philadelphia sites as their “classroom,” students will begin working to explore a variety of questions and problems relating to their surroundings and their place within it. Our students will practice the art of “seeing in new ways” as it relates to the process of observation, analysis, and interpretation.

During Summer Institute, students will work to ultimately create a collaborative project to present to their classmates, while, at the same time, establishing positive relationships and a sense of themselves as first-year SLA students. It will be an exciting, enriching, and energizing way to gear up for the year.

See you in August!

P.S. If you have any general questions about the school year, please refer to our Family Night Packet.

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Check out the New Exhibits at the Franklin Institute!

Just a reminder that you can use your TFI membership all summer to get you, 2 adults, 3 children, and 2 guests into TFI for FREE and to get discounts on food. If you brought 7 people with you and got food, it would normally cost over $200. 

ALSO there are four new exhibits: “Your Brain,” “Circus,” “101 Inventions,” and “Ocean Soul.” Visit the TFI website for more info.Thanks and have a great summer! Hope to see you around the Museum!
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SLA@Beeber Student Entrepreneurs Win $500 to Pursue Their Business Idea

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On Friday, June 13th, Küdzoo, a mobile app that rewards students for their academic achievements, teamed up with SLA Beeber to sponsor a pitch competition! The winner received $500 to kickstart their business.  
A big congrats to Zoie Jones and Kevin Williams' business, Safe Haven, for winning the Küdzoo pitch contest! All participants did an incredible job & we can't wait to see where these young entrepreneurs take their ventures! Companies ranged from a nonprofit that has a solution for two problems: converting abandoned buildings into "safe havens" for the homeless. Another company looked to connect users who cannot communicate conventionally (service men and women with their families) by personalizing messages and pictures in a new and innovative way. While unorthodox skateboard company will bring affordable skateboards to market allowing anyone with the passion to enjoy the ride. Congrats students! 
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