Admissions for School Year 2019-20

If you want to apply for high school to BOTH SLA Campuses, you MUST add both campuses to your choice list on the High School Selection online form. If you only put one of the schools, you will NOT be considered for acceptance into the other.

Deadline for School Selection is Friday, November 2nd.

Open House
October 2nd, 2019 5:30pm-7:30pm, last tour starts at 7pm. Come and learn about SLA @ Beeber. We are excited to welcome whole new classes of 5th and 9th graders in 2020 as well as transfer students in 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.  Join us for this event to discuss what makes SLA a unique learning experience.

Admission Criteria
Admission to SLA is based on a combination of a student interview at the school with a presentation of completed work, Advanced or Proficient PSSA scores, As and Bs with the possible exception of one C, teacher or counselor recommendation and good attendance and punctuality. Interested families must contact the school to set up an appointment for an interview. SLA will not initiate the interview process with families.

High school students must select both SLA and SLA @ Beeber on their School District of Philadelphia High School Application to be considered for both sites. To access the online application, visit this site: Student Placement

Shadowing for prospective students will be from September 21st-November 1st. We will re-open shadowing in the spring for accepted students. Prospective Students can start scheduling interviews the last week of September to 215-400-7270. Please do not call before 9 AM.


Students MUST interview in order to be accepted to SLA. Interested applicants who meet our admissions criteria should call the school at 215-400-7270 to set up an interview. SLA will not initiate contact with any students to set up interviews.

High School Interview Specifics

The high school interview is a project-based interview. Students should bring a school paper or project done in 7th or 8th grade that they feel is a strong representation of who they are as a student.

Projects will be returned to applicants. Students may include photocopies of their work.

1st Interview session: Center City Campus on November 2nd & 3rd
2nd Interview session: Beeber campus on November 23rd & 24th.

Request Morning (10AM-1PM) or Afternoon (2PM-5PM) Session

Middle School Interview Specifics

The middle school interview is a short observed small group activity along with a written individual reflection.

Friday, Oct. 25th – 1:30pm (SDP half-day), Tues. Oct. 29th – 4pm, Thurs. Nov. 7th – 4pm, and Tues. Nov. 12th – 4pm.  Applicants should call to request a date for the interview and will be on site for no more than 90 minutes.

Interviews for 5th grade at SLA @ Beeber take place at SLA @ Beeber.