Philadelphia, PA.–September 21, 2006–The School District of Philadelphia and its partner, The Franklin Institute, will officially mark the opening of the Science Leadership Academy, a new magnet high chool, with a program and ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 28th at 10 AM.

This special admission school offers students a college preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, echnology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes. In keeping ith the school’s science focus, the student uniform includes a white lab coat.

Situated in a 72,000 square foot space that formerly housed the School District’s human resources and legal staff, SLA features four science labs and two prep areas, fifteen general classrooms, an inter- active media center, a 2D/3D art studio, an open seating café-style lunchroom and a fitness/cardio center.

WHO: Dennis Wint, President and CEO, The Franklin Institute; Marsha Perelman, Chair, The Franklin Institute Board of Trustees; Paul Vallas, CEO, School District of Philadelphia; Chris Lehmann, Principal, Science Leadership Academy

WHEN: Thursday, September 28th

10:00 AM–Ribbon-cutting (photo opportunity at main entrance)

10:15 AM–Program, including student presentation

Tours of the school and refreshments immediately following presentation.

WHERE: Science Leadership Academy

55 N. 22nd Street (S.E. corner of 22nd & Arch Streets) Philadelphia, PA 19103

ADDITIONAL MEDIA: (for B-roll, photographs, interviews during the regular school day) Wednesday, September 27th, 10-11 AM at school and 1:30-2:30 PM at The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia.

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