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About This School

Science Leadership Academy is a public high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Science Leadership Academy is Mr Christopher Lehmann. 484 children attend Science Leadership Academy and are mostly Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. 32% of the 484 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Science Leadership Academy is 21:1. Freire CS is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Arabic
    • Cantonese
    • French
    • German
    • Hebrew
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 17%
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
Asian 7% %
Black, non-Hispanic 49% 61%
White, non-Hispanic 34% 13%
Multiracial 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32% 73%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    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.

  • (6 months ago)

    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.

  • (9 months ago)

    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.

  • (11 months ago)

    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.

  • (11 months ago)

    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.

  • (11 months ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

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

  • (3 years ago)

    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!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    The creativity the school promotes to the students learning to think outside the box.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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!

  • (3 years ago)

    The formula is simple engaged enthusiastic teachers = engaged enthusiastic students.

  • (3 years ago)

    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!

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    The regular teachers go out of their way to help my son.

  • (3 years ago)

    Because my son loves learning there!

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