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About SLA

The Science Leadership Academy at Beeber is a second campus of The Science Leadership Academy, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning. The Science Leadership Academy at Beeber opened its doors on September 9, 2013 with its inaugural freshman class.

SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes.

For more info, check out our Mission Statement, Curriculum, and Admissions pages.

Students meet at Science Leadership Academy
55 N. 22nd Street
9am to 12pm
August 23, 24 & 25
*bring a lunch or snack

Rising 10th and 11th Grade Summer Reading


Rising 10th and 11th* Grade Summer Reading

An important goal of the English curriculum at SLA Beeber is for students to become lifelong readers. Reading should be fun because it opens up new experiences to us and allows us to think more critically about more familiar experiences. It is a form of entertainment and life-long education that we hope you will value!

For your summer reading you must read two books from the list below. You must choose books that you have not read in the past. If you are a rising 11th grader, one of your books must come from the “classic” category.*

For each book, you must complete a response to the book from among the following choices. You must complete a different response for each book:

1) 2 Page Double Entry Journal: Draw a line down the middle of a page. For one column, label it “Notes from the Text.” Here, you should write down notes from the text that stand out to you as important (Be sure to label it with the page number). For the other column, label it “My Response.” In this column, you write what you are thinking about the text or the questions that you have about the text.

Page #

Notes from Text

My Response/Analysis

2) Body Biography of a Character: Draw an outline of a character, this could just be a stick figure. Then, for each major body part: hands, heart, eyes, nose, arms, feet, knees, stomach, head, ears, etc. you should make a metaphorical body part that would represent a part of the character’s identity. For example, the eyes could be closed shutters if they are not able to see and appreciate their friends or family. This is a characterization activity. On the back, or on a separate paper, explain how and why you chose each body part to represent the character you chose.

3) It Says, I Say, And So Inference: This is a process for making inferences about what you read based on your own questions. You go through the following process. The total word count should be 400-500 words:

  • 1) Question: Ask a deep, open-ended question about the text I am reading?

  • 2) It Says: What details and information from the text will help me answer this question?

  • 3) I Say: What do I have to say about the topic of this question that comes from my own knowledge and experience from the world?

  • 4) And So: By combining the references to the text with my own knowledge and experience, what is my inference, my answer to my question?

  • 5) So What?: What is the broader connection of my inference to humanity or society in general?

4) Create a High Quality Book Trailer that will be shown the first week of school. This should include information about setting, characters, and the initial conflict. Be sure not to give away the ending! Sample:

Here are choices of novels that you can choose from. If you would like to read another book, just email your English teacher from last year.

Dystopian Novels

House of the Scorpion

Hunger Games Series

Divergent Series

Maze Runner Series

The Selection Series

Matched Series

Uglies Series

Delirium Series

Unwind Series

Gone Series

The 5th Wave Series

The Legend Series

Social Issues/Coming of Age

Thirteen Reasons Why



One For the Murphy’s

Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

Winter Girls

My Sister’s Keeper

This Song Will Save Your Life

Fat Kid Rules the World

Saint Iggy

Being Henry David


The Future of Us

The Hate List

Historical Fiction


Code Name Verity

Between Shades of Gray

Out of the Easy


Copper Sun

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

When the Emperor Was Divine

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

The Girl With The Pearl Earring

Sarah’s Key

The Buddha in the Attic

Girl in Reverse


The Color of Water

I Am Malala

Diary of Anne Frank

Black Boy

Born on a Blue Day

Steve Jobs

Tuesdays With Morrie

Into Thin Air

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The Last Lecture

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


The Glass Castle

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier


The Fault in Our Stars

Looking For Alaska

Paper Towns

Anna and the French Kiss

This is What Happy Looks Like

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Geography of You and Me

If I Stay/Where She Went

Just Listen

Fantasy/Sci Fi

Harry Potter Series

Ender’s Game

The Hobbit

Lord of the Rings Series

Cinder Series

Fallen Series

Twilight Series

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series

Fahrenheit 451


I Am Number Four

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Talon Series

Classic Books

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Eyre

Wuthering Heights

The Awakening

The Red Badge of Courage

Don Quixote

The Three Musketeers

The Scarlet Letter


Brave New World

The Metamorphosis

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Call of the Wild


The Bell Jar

The Grapes of Wrath

Treasure Island

Uncle Tom’s Cabin


Slaughterhouse -Five

The Color Purple

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Native Son



Heart of Darkness

Lord of the Flies

Things Fall Apart

Anthills of the Savannah

No Longer at Ease

Detective Fiction

Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Margery Allingham, The Tiger in the Smoke

Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest

A Hardy Boys, The Shore Road Mystery, and a Nancy Drew, The Secret in the Attic

Dorothy Sayers, Gaudy Night

Sara Peretsky, Hard Time

Barbara Neely, Blanche Among the Talented Tenth

Walter Mosley, Devil in a Blue Dress

Tony Hillerman, A Thief of Time

Henning Menkell, The White Lioness

Hoobler, Dorothy, and Thomas Hoobler. The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn.

Nixon, Joan Lowery. The Weekend Was Murder!

Rose, Malcolm. Framed!

Newman, Robert. The Case of the Baker Street Irregular: A Sherlock Holmes Story.

Agatha Christie, Murder in the Vicarage

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SLA@Beeber Incoming Freshmen Summer Reading!

SLA Beeber 9th Grade Summer Reading 2016-2017

Dear Incoming Ninth Grader,

Welcome to SLA! Before coming to school in September we'd like you to read one of the following books: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie), Everyday (David Levithan), or The House of the Scorpion (Nancy Farmer).

While you may get the book from the library, we strongly suggest that you purchase your

choice text, as we will be referring to it in English classes in September. We are selling all

three titles at discounted prices on New Family Night to make obtaining summer reading easy

and effortless. Of course, feel free to read them all! They are all so great!

Below are some questions to help you navigate your novel and help you prepare to discuss it

with your classmates and teachers. As you may already know, SLA utilizes guiding questions

that help focus our studies and make learning more meaningful for us all. As you read your

book, think about the following larger questions as they apply to the characters, action,

conflicts, and resolutions in your choice text and also as they apply to your life. Part of active

reading includes some writing. Prepare to hand in a journal consisting of at least eight entries,

each one longer than a half page. Before you write, consider the following questions to explore

in your journal. Each entry could be a response to a question as it relates to the book. Include

your own personal responses to these questions, and how these questions might apply to your

choice text. This will be collected in September.

• What is family?

• What is the power of friendship?

• What does it mean to be a caregiver/mother/father?

• What is education and where can it exist?

• What is love?

• How does a person become evil?

•In what ways can the line between good and evil be blurred?

• How do you justify the idea that a person can be both good and evil at the same time?

• Who is a survivor? Why?

• What does it mean to be human?

• How can children create their own paths in a world run by the adults?
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Congratulations to Junior Leyitha Achoute for Getting Accepted to the Monell Apprenticeship Program!

Congratulations to Class of 2017's Leyitha Achoute for being accepted to the Monell Apprenticeship Program at Monell Chemical Senses Center. Leyitha will be spending the whole summer, 9 hours a day, doing laboratory research on neuroscience and nutrition. Leyitha is very excited to broaden her horizons in the field of science and expanding her understanding of nutrition. Explore! 

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Freshmen Learn About and Create Street Art

​Freshmen at SLA Beeber explore these questions during their first year here:

"Who am I?"
"How do I interact with the environment?"
"How does the environment affect me?"

In our Art class we explore these questions as well: 

"What is art?"
"What makes someone an artist?"
"What does it mean to “see like an artist?”

After watching the Banksy movie "Exit Through the Gift Shop" and exploring the meaning behind street art, the evolution of street art into a commodity and the intricacies of fair use and reusing images, students then made their own street art. They, as a result, explored their own identity, their impact on their environment through the placement of their art around the building and the change in their perception of street art by now seeing like a street artist themselves.

Here is their street art and reflections:

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