More than 1 in every 10 students in Philadelphia public schools speaks a home language other than English and receives services to build their English proficiency. PERC has partnered with the School District of Philadelphia and the city's charter schools to understand the students' trajectories toward English proficiency and effective strategies for supporting these learners.


This brief focuses on how family and community engagement can enhance schools’ efforts to improve outcomes for ELLs and highlights specific strategies schools can use to more effectively engage families and communities.

Publication date: June 2016

Authors: Rosemary Hughes, Rebecca Reumann-Moore, Jeannette Rowland, Joshua Lin

Characteristics of English Language Learners in the School District of Philadelphia

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