Thrilled to be partnering with the fabulous staff of the SLA-Middle School to kick off their opening in September. Thanks to a grant we received from the Philadelphia Schools Partnership, we will be on a four year path to assist them in this new school start up project.
During a summer curriculum retreat, we were able to see the incredible potential of this team. Their founding principal, Tim Boyle, is at the end of the planning year and about ready to kick off the full time job as school leader – complete with 9 staff members, 90 students and a beautiful facility.
The article highlighted that the SLA model will be adapted for the middle school students. Inquiry Schools will be an integral partner in that process as it was on the SLA Beeber school start up.
Science Leadership Academy will expand its inquiry-driven, project-based schools, with a new middle school on Drexel University’s campus.
“My job is to take what’s wildly successful at SLA Center City and SLA Beeber and bring an inquiry-driven school model to a neighborhood school level,” Boyle said. SLA’s Center City school, at 55 N. 22nd St., and the Beeber campus, at 5925 Malvern Ave., are both configured for grades 9 to 12.
Our team will be onsite Aug 24th through September 10th to help with professional development, curriculum design and to kick off the first week of school with the staff. Look for more updates in the future!