SLA Beeber At A Glance

Mission & Approach to Learning:

“How do we learn?” “What can we create?” “What does it mean to lead?” These three essential questions form the basis of instruction at the Science Leadership Academy at Beeber. Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber, an Inquiry School, is a Philadelphia high school expansion of the original Science Leadership Academy model. SLA@ Beeber is built on the notion that inquiry is the very first step in the process of learning. Developed in partnership with The Franklin Institute and its commitment to inquiry based science, 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.

The structure of the Science Leadership Academy at Beeber reflects its core values, with longer class periods to allow for more laboratory work in science classes and performance-based learning in all classes. In addition, students in the upper grades have more flexible schedules to allow for opportunities for dual enrollment programs with area universities and career development internships in laboratory and business settings, as well as with The Franklin Institute.

At SLA @ B, learning is not just something that happens from 8:30am to 3:00pm, but a continuous process that expands beyond the four walls of the classroom into every facet of our lives.

Courses & Program Highlights:

Approved CTE Programs: • Engineering Technologies 

Dual Enrollment Program:

Drexel University, U. Penn Scholars and Community College of Philadelphia

Streamed courses in 5 and 6, 9-11 Grades; 10 and 11 Grade Individualized Learning Plan; 12 Grade Capstone Course

Anatomy, Engineering, Art/Technology, CTE, Computer Science, Engineering and Surveying, Makerspace, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Logic, Psychology and all state required courses to fulfill graduation requirements

Extracurricular Activities:

Numerous clubs • FREE After School Program with the Public Health Management Program

Sports Teams:

• Baseball—Boys’ • Basketball—Girls’ and Boys’ • Cheerleading • Cross country • Cycling—Coed • Football • Lacrosse • Soccer—Girls’ and Boys’ • Softball—Girls’ • Swimming—Coed • Track—Girls’ and Boys’ • Volleyball—Girls’ and Boys’ • Wrestling—Coed

Partnerships: • Braskem • Drexel University • 100+ organizations partnering for student Individualized Learning Plans