Policy 138

Policy 138 guides the English Language Development and Bilingual Education programs in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). SDP shall provide a culturally and linguistically appropriate planned instructional program for English Learners (ELs), which builds on students’ home language and culture. ELs shall be identified, assessed and provided an equal opportunity to participate in instructional programs with equal access to educational programs and extracurricular activities. Policy 138 contains the following components:

  • Identification, Placement, and Notification
  • Programming
  • Equitable Access
  • Evaluation and Accountability
  • Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

The School District of Philadelphia is also guided by federal and state policies. See the list below, and find more details in the SY22-23 English Learner Handbook and Administrative Procedures.

Federal Policies:

State Policies:

Community Meetings

Each Spring, we hold an annual Community Meeting in order to garner feedback from community members and stakeholders.

In response to the feedback we received during the SY21-22 Community Meeting, we created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Document.

Please also see below for the Presentation Script and Recording. We will update the information below after our next Policy 138 meeting on February 15, 2023. Please RSVP HERE if you want to attend. For more information, please contact the Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs at multilingual@philasd.org.

Please see below for the full text of Policy 138:


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