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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.

Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber students immerse themselves in Tico culture with their hearts and minds open.

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My community needs mentors and people to steer the young children in the right direction. They need to know there is more than West Philadelphia”, Patience Elliott, Junior at SLAB


I now see that there are kind and selfless people out in the world that will be there for you when you need them”, Eliza Meketon, Junior at SLAB


“Traveling to another country with a group of students was not only a dream to our students but a dream of mine as well. I have traveled to many countries but traveling with students proved to be the ultimate life-changing experience. This was the first of many more life-changing trips to come for SLAB,” Señorita Melissa Moran, teacher and student activities coordinator.


Nine days in the small town of Turrialba Costa Rica, living with Tico families, the students of SLA @ Beeber felt the love as they immersed themselves in a trip that changed their (global) perspective forever. From community service to hikes and adventure, SLAB took on all challenges with grace, smiles, and careful thought. At the beginning of the trip, after forty plus minutes of hiking and a two hour whitewater trip, students not only saw the beauty (and dangers) of the tropics, they became a team reflective of how life’s obstacles become moments of profound understanding. Errion looked out over the mighty Pacuare River as she zipped through the canopy and for a split second, she was present to the magnificence of the forest and the rush of PURA VIDA (pure life).


The community service project of rehabbing a crumbling playground culminated in a community picnic where even the in-coming mayor of Turrialba came to recognize SLAB’s contribution to this tiny corner of the world. The second youngest mayor in Turrialba’s history and part of the Citizens Action Party, Luis Fernando Alvarado spoke to the importance of citizens taking action, getting involved and noticed how SLAB’s actions excited the community to do more. The side by side immersion went deep. Students, in the midst of the scavenger hunt walking through town and asking locals questions in the best Spanish they could muster, commented on the hospitality, friendliness, and willingness of Ticos to be patient, and guide us (literally take us) to each location. This generosity and the homestay families ultimately changed each student’s perspective. What was hospitality morphed into genuine love. What was patience showed itself as caring, a kind of caring that students desperately wanted to bring home.


The palpable change that each student experienced was exponential because these students were “ready, willing and able.” Hearts and minds open, deep reflection and present moment awareness, brought them profound clarity as to what it means to be a global citizen and how they fit into the equation that, no matter how one adds it up, equals ONE.


“They’re such critical thinkers ready to apply the knowledge they are taking in on this trip and take action,” Molly, owner and operator of CRE, notices.


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SLA Beeber Student Wins Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Moot Court Competition

Mikayla Brailsford
SLA Beeber Junior, Mikayla Brailsford competed in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Moot Court Competition at Drexel University. She will be traveling to Washington, DC for the national competition. Congratulations, Mikayla!

From the website: 

"The competition is the culmination of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, which engages pupils from urban high schools and allows law students to serve as mentors who teach the teens about the power of the U.S. Constitution and its relevance in their lives.

Law students teach lessons on the legal system and the constitution at Philadelphia high schools and then groom interested teens for moot court competitions.

The local competition was judged by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge John Milton Younge, a nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Marlene Lachman and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Fanning.

The winners.....will travel to Washington, D.C. with their mentors for the national competition on April 8."  

- See more at: http://drexel.edu/law/news/articles/overview/2016/February/Marshall-Brennan%20Competition/ 
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Help SLA Beeber Raise $100K!

As the end of the year approaches, take this opportunity to make a tax-deductible contribution to our Fuel the Rocket campaign! Funds raised will support technology, student internships (ILPs), our Freshmen Mini-Courses and many other school-wide programs and initiatives.

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