Posted on August 25, 2023
Categories: English Learners (ELs), equity, system trends

From 2014-15 to 2022-23, English Learner (EL) enrollment in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) increased both in number of students and as a percentage of the total student population. With this growth, the diversity of home languages spoken in SDP students’ households also increased. The analyses conducted for this brief aim to summarize the growth patterns of EL enrollment and home language diversity in SDP over time.

Key findings include:

  • The percentage of students who were English Learners (ELs) in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) grew from 9% in 2014-15 to 17% in 2022-23.
  • In 2022-23, 160 home languages (including English) were spoken in households of ELs, Former ELs, and Multilingual students enrolled in SDP District and Alternative schools.
  • From 2014-15 through 2022-23, 107-119 unique languages were spoken by all ELs. However, 64-71 unique home languages were spoken by five or more ELs in at least one year.
  • From 2014-15 through 2022-23, over 90% of ELs, Former ELs, and Multilingual students were associated with one of 21 languages.
  • From 2014-15 to 2022-23, the number of schools where ELs made up 20% or more of the student population more than doubled, growing from 26 schools to 59 schools.