Special Admission

Science Leadership Academy

Ben Franklin
Mission Statement:
Founded in 2006 as a partnership between The Franklin Institute and the School District of Philadelphia, Science Leadership Academy provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics, and entrepreneurship. Students learn in a technology-infused, project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation, and reflection are emphasized in all classes.
Accredidations and Awards:
Winner of the 2016-17 Pennsylvania College and Career Transition Award; named as a “Breaking Ranks” school by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, 2016; named the Dell Center of Excellence in Learning, 2013-19; Apple Distinguished School: 2009-2013
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Anatomy and Physiology; Art Studio; Biotechnology; Cinematography; Computer Science; Debate; Digital Filmmaking; Drama/Playwriting; Environmental Science; Globalism; dual enrollment program: Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania Scholars, Community College of Philadelphia; streamed courses in grades 9-11; 10th- and 11th- grade Individualized Learning Plan; 12th-grade Capstone Course
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
We have a four-year advisory program so that every child has an advocate and is part of a small learning community and parents know who their first point of contact is at the school. We use narrative report cards in the 1st and 3rd quarters and hold parent-adviser-student conferences so that participants can have deep conversations about school and student progress.
Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association; school store; tutoring; school leadership; advisory parents; grade-level parents; EduCon team
Arts Activities and Classes:
Choir; instrumental music classes; school musicals; school plays; theater instruction; visual arts instruction; ceramics; poetry; literature; film; digital video
Activities and Special Programs:
Students Run Philly Style; art club; community service club; chess club; debate; drama; engineering club; Black Students Union, Gay-Straight Alliance; SLA Media/journalism; literary magazine; math club; newspaper; peer mediation; poetry slam; SLA Digital Video; science club; student leadership; technology club; Yearbook
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Ultimate Frisbee*
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Cheerleading, Soccer, Track & Field, Ultimate Frisbee*, Volleyball
Septa Routes:
4, 16, 23, 61, Broad Street subway
Contact Information
550 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Chris Lehmann, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School:Special Admission
Enrollment: 501
Grades Served: 9-12
Admission Reqs: As and Bs, with the possible exception of one C, on most recent final report card; 50th percentile or above on 7th grade reading and math PSSAs; good attendance and punctuality; no negative disciplinary report; project-based interview. (Families must call school to schedule an interview, which will be held in November.) A weeklong summer institute is strongly recommended for incoming 9th graders.
ELLS: 4%
Special Education: 12%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 50%
Waiting List? Yes
Racial Demographics:African American – 36%  Latino – 12% Asian – 11%  White – 34%  Other – 8%

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