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2130 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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March 22, 2014
You always hear about how Philadelphia schools care more about the money than the kids; how the teachers consider their positions as just a job rather than an opportunity to help a student grow. This school is in every way, shape and form not your typical Philadelphia public school. I am a 2011 graduate from Science Leadership Academy (SLA) and this is the school to be if you want your child, or you to feel accepted as an individual. Even after you graduate, you can still feel the connection you have with the school. I personally feel a connection with this school, probably even more since I graduated. My father passed right after I graduated high school and at the funeral, while walking down the isle, it was Mr. Lehmann who pulled me in for a well needed hug, saying that everything would be okay. Now, I'm not sure how it is at other high schools, but for him to have made time to come to such an important event really made a difference and impacted my thoughts in a whole new way on what it means to be part of the SLA community. Being part of SLA is being part of a family.

- submitted by a student
January 22, 2014
My daughter is a tenth grader and loves her school. This school is doing amazing things academically. If your child is selected, you will be part of a unique learning community that forces children to think for themselves and encourages independence. Note: Please do not give a negative rating to a school that your child does not currently attend based on what you believe and not the actual facts. Reserve your reviews for the schools your child actually attends. I don't review products I haven't purchased, neither should you. Thanks.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
I transferred my son to SLA in the eleventh grade. He had been a straight A student at his previous school; however, he was not being taught 'everything' for the classes he was excelling in. His new math teacher at SLA found this disparity within 7 business days of my son's enrollment and notified me, the math chair, principal, counselor, roster chair, new math teacher and advisor of his findings with a very feasible, attainable resolution. I loved that everything was already working in my child's favor to get him up to speed--without him failing--they just needed my approval. I feel that SLA 'rescued' my son and now he can realistically look forward to university in the very near future.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
SLA is a unique environment for high school students. Their curriculum is innovative and challenging for all of the students. The intern program at the Franklin Institute allows them to have hands on experiences in the world of science on a weekly basis, and having school issued laptops allows students to be independant and up to date with technology no matter their economic status.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
This school is a model for educating students for the 21st century. Learning is treated here as solutions to problem solving in the real world. SLA is an environment where students are expected to to contribute with innovative thinking and collaborative projects. We could not have chosen a better high school to support our daughter's creativity and love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2012
Science Leadership Academy is an incredible learning community. From its fiercely dedicated Principal and Faculty to the newest Freshmen there is a a sense that this is a place for sharing knowledge and learning. Having spent much time in the building and having watched students and faculty interacting I have been constantly impressed at the level of respect shown to every individual. Principal Lehmann's dedication and hard work have to be seen to be believed!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2012
This is the best school I've attended. SLA is a school that does not just end in the classroom. At SLA you learn the true meaning of school, community, oneself and surrounding. I graduated from SLA and I'm proud to tell people how great my high school was.

- submitted by a student
November 22, 2011
i really like this school i wouldnt change my decision for the world i really love this school

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2011
OMG this school is great. I go there and their lunch is good, so are the staff. Its great for kids who love science. I'd give it 5 stars!!!!

- submitted by a student
January 09, 2011
As a student at SLA, I can say, SLA is the most amazing school. It is a great learning environment, colorful, clean. Makes me happy to be there. The teachers are great, interested and interesting, and they want to be in school, and they care about us. The principle is on a first name basis with all of his students. Its a great school.

- submitted by a student
December 16, 2010
This has been a terrific school for my daughter. She is extremely strong academically, and Mr. Lehmann and the teachers have been extraordinarily supportive of what she personally needs to get the most out of high school. My sense is that they are supportive of each individual student, no matter the level. We also love the honest diversity of the school, and the warmth of the community. Wow. Some students might want a more traditional approach -- but for any self-starter, I can't think of a better place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2010
The creativity the school promotes to the students, learning to think outside the box.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
The entire staff at SLA go beyond what is asked of them. They are open to suggestions and respond to parents when help is needed. They are attentive to the students needs and listen to them. Because of this the students in return respect each other and their teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
I love SLA, because my daughter excels tremendously at your school. SLA give students a chance to be themselves and strive to be the best! Also, the teachers are very inspiring!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
The formula is simple: engaged, enthusiastic teachers = engaged, enthusiastic students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
It's a good school. The best teachers and staff and the student are great!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
SLA is an unique school that has managed to blend a project based curriculum with an enagaing and rich learning environment. The teacher and student interaction is very special and the principal is one of a kind!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
My son is a sophmore at Science Leadership Academy and absolutely loves his school. My son is challenged everyday by teachers who truly care about his development and education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
Because my son loves learning there!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
My daughter loves Science Leadership Academy (SLA), because of the project based curriculum and students having their own laptops! Technology is the future and SLA's preparing their students for it !!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
My daughter is a freshman at SLA and, for the first time, says she loves school. The name is a bit deceptive as the true focus is not on teaching science, but on teaching students - helping them learn to learn and to love learning. The environment is so supportive of both the students and the teachers. The advisory system - where the students are with the same adviser for four years - is so simple, yet so effective. We're thrilled that our daughter has this amazing opportunity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
An amazing place! Students are challenged and supported by dedicated and enthusiastic teachers. The project-based curriculum uses technology to maximize teaching and learning. This is a school preparing students to be 21st century citizens, learners and leaders.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
As a parent of four, with one in college, one in SLA and two in elementary school, I have learned enough about modern education to highly recommend the program at SLA. My daughter is a junior and in the last three years has matured, in part, as a direct result of her experience at SLA, which encourages students to work toghether to achieve impressive results educationally. As a result of combining educational objectives, modern technology and project management, I believe SLA is effectively training students to continue their education and join a modern work force. The teachers are engaging and the mentorship type of relationship that results from students being assigned an advisor to follow them from Freshmen to Senior year is supportive of positive growth. In addition, the school is secure, the clubs and sports accessible, and the staff, at all levels, helpful. Love it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
The regular teachers go out of their way to help my son.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
The energy towards education reflected by the student teachers staff and parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2010
I love Science Leadership Academy. There is a magic that happens in the school that brings out the best in every student. The students want to be there and they want to learn because the faculty respects them and knows how to create an engaging learning environment. The teaching methods are progressive and the students respond so well to the core values...inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection. The core values are intertwined in everything they do at school. I could go on and on because there are so many more reasons why I love SLA. I will sum it up with the students, the teachers and the parents ROCK!

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2010
The students and teachers make me proud to go to work every day. They deeply believe in the spirit of inquiry, and they work together to create powerful moments of learning every day.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 09, 2010
Student voice is of paramount importance to the brilliant and kind teachers and administrators, who work hard to teach the child as well as the subjects.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
I have a 10th grader in this school, and I love it, the kids reallly do love coming to school and the tearcher are the best ......I wish i could go back to highschool and go here...LOL

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Great school; Wonderful teachers; Fabulous principal! Meets the needs of a diverse student body!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
This school is the change that we, the instigators and controllers of the future, need to make the education system better. Science Leadership Academy (SLA) is a great school, with a rigorous academic background. SLA is definitely a Blue Ribbon school of excellence. I wish the school the best.

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February 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 09, 2008
I'm a junior going to the school, and it's just amazing, the work we do is very challenging, and I feel as if I'm ready for college now.

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September 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 22, 2008
The best of the unconventional progressive schools in the new spirit of merging technology with education. Being a student here is inspirational everyday. I can't help but feel fortunate.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2008
Ask any student to describe this school in one word they all say Family or Love :)

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September 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 18, 2008
I am a junior the Science Leadership Academy. This is the best school I have ever seen in my life. The teachers are great. They work in technology with the curriculum wonderfully. I am truly proud to be a part of this amazing school

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September 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2008
This school is a wonderful environment for the students to learn and become productive members of society. The technology and innovation included in the curriculum enhances the growth of students tremendously. This is clearly one of the top schools in the state if not the country.

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May 30, 2008
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Science Leadership Academy
2130 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA  19103
(215) 979-5620
Last modified Science Leadership Academy is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Science Leadership Academy Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top