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Science Leadership Academy

Public | 9-12 | 484 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 8, 2013

My son applied to SLA last year for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. He's entering ninth grade, and we've been looking all over for a great high school that will lead him to a top college. At first, SLA seemed like an excellent choice -- downtown, free, and I'd heard good reviews of the academics. However, there are more negatives than positives to this school. After my son applied, I really looked into the school and found that there is a very limited curriculum and no advanced courses are offered. SLA offers only Spanish as a language choice. Compared to the other schools to which my son had applied - William Penn Charter School, Abington Friends School, St. Joe's Prep, and Masterman - this was not at all impressive. In addition to this, SLA has been accepting people under their "standards" in order to expand and get their name spread around. All in all, I am very displeased with this school, and my son will be joining the ninth grade class at St. Joe's Prep, which offered him a scholarship due to his academic record and entrance exam score.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 3, 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


Posted November 22, 2011

i really like this school i wouldnt change my decision for the world i really love this school


Posted June 5, 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


Posted January 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted November 5, 2010

The creativity the school promotes to the students, learning to think outside the box.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 12, 2010

The formula is simple: engaged, enthusiastic teachers = engaged, enthusiastic students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

It's a good school. The best teachers and staff and the student are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 12, 2010

Because my son loves learning there!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
100%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students82%
Female82%
Male83%
Black78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female87%
Male83%
Black84%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students40%
Female34%
Male50%
Black45%
Asian27%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students97%
Female99%
Male96%
Black100%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 45% 15%
White 33% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 3%
Hispanic 10% 9%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2130 Arch St
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