Junior Bulletin, June 12, 2018

Greetings Juniors and Families:  This bulletin wraps up a successful junior year – onward toward senior year and college applications!  It highlights the College Prep Day on June 8, during which students learned essential information for making senior year productive and stress free, and initial steps toward identifying and applying to colleges.  The application process starts now! Advice and opportunities in this bulletin will also help students use the summer months effectively.

Congratulations to  New College Access Leaders for 2019 (and thanks to everyone who applied – you are all impressive!)

Zahirah Tucker –  Best

Christina Santana – Block

Nzinga Bey – Estey

Cynthia To – Enzweiler

Lauryn Lewis – Kaur

Carolina Ortiz – Hirschfield

The CALs work with the College Office and Ms. Hirschfield to help their peers with every aspect of the college application process.  They are your first resource for any question about applications, standardized tests, letters of recommendation, or whatever you need!  Continue reading

Class 2018 Final Transcript Info

All colleges require final official transcripts to confirm that students graduated. To ensure that we send your final transcript to the appropriate school you must complete two surveys BEFORE THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR: 1) in Naviance go to the ‘About Me’ tab, on the left under Surveys to Take, complete the Graduation Survey; 2) in the School District portal go to Infinite Campus, then Announcements – under Surveys complete the Senior Exit Survey.  NOTE: many colleges will not allow you to register for classes until the final transcript is complete. If you need an official transcript for a job or other reason when school is not in session you can request one through the School District portal: https://philasd.scriborder.com/application. Unofficial transcripts can be accessed through Infinite Campus.

Junior Bulletin, May 2018


new_sat_logo_vector-svg SAT Prep Right Here at SLA!

This course meets August 6 through 10, 8:30 to 12:30.  The cost is $75 (need-based scholarships are available). For more information and to register click HERE. Fills fast, so register by May 1, 2018

download-1 Social Justice Research Academy at Penn

The Social Justice Research Academy examines the historical importance and the contemporary relevance of struggles to overcome inequality and injustice. If you attend a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school, you may be eligible to attend a Penn Summer Academy free of charge with a Penn Summer Scholarship. For other Penn summer programs click here. Deadlines are May 1, 2018.

Smith College Women of Distinction Program

Smith College, one of the top tier women’s universities, offers an all expense paid Women of Distinction program  for 2018-2019 seniors from Oct 19 to Oct 21, 2018. The program introduces opportunities for African American, Latina, Asian American, and Native American students who enroll at Smith. For more information on the application process, visit www.smith.edu/admission/wod. Applications available May 1.

West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution

WPFSI offers 15 paid eight week summer internships for rising juniors and seniors. The WesGold Fellows program is anchored around four key topics: Personal Finance, College Planning, Personal Development and Career Development. Apply online here. Deadline is May 4, 2018. Continue reading

Senior Bulletin, May 2018

Hello Seniors,

This is the last Senior Bulletin! Here at the College Office we congratulate all SLA students for their hard work and achievements.  This year SLA students are going to an especially diverse range of schools, from Adrian College in Michigan, to the University of Colorado!  Four students received full tuition as Drexel Liberty Scholars, and over 70% of the class received scholarships at their school of choice. This bulletin includes opportunities and suggestions for how to make a successful transition from high school to college:

  • Stay on top of deadlines; keep in touch with new and old friends
  • Follow up with the financial aid office at your college.
  • Scholarship opportunities are still available
  • Special interview with an SLA alumna about her experiences at college
  • Not sure?  Consider a Gap Year 

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Grades 9-11 Official Transcript Request

Students are sometimes asked to provide an official transcript to an academic institution, summer program, or community agency. All SLA students in grades 9-11 can request official transcripts by completing a Transcript Request form HERE. (When students are asked for unofficial grades, a report card or grade printout from SchoolNet will be sufficient.) Bring all completed requests to the College Office, room 312.


  • Allow TWO WEEKS to process the request.
  • If sending request via email, complete the Transcript Request form, scan, and email (preferably in .PDF) back to Mrs. Hirschfield at khirschfield@scienceleaderhsip.org.
  • Seniors who need official transcripts must add it to the Transcript Request Log in the College Office.

Diversity College Fly-In Programs


Would you like to visit colleges but it’s too far away and expensive? Fly-in programs offer students the opportunity to stay overnight on campus to get a feel of their college environment and see if it’s the right college for you.

Check out this list for colleges who offer fly-in programs with financial assistance for eligible students.

Remember to keep track of the upcoming application deadlines for the programs you are interested in.

Questions to Ask Colleges


Here are a few scripted questions that Juniors and Seniors can ask when talking to College Admission Representatives:

Around Academics:

-Do you have any professional programs? (eg: does your liberal arts school offer a teaching credential, is your nursing program accredited)

-How many students on campus do research with their professors? How easy will it be for me to find academic mentorship at your school? Continue reading