Seal of Biliteracy Program
The Seal of Biliteracy is a nationally recognized award given by our school district in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by the time of high school graduation. The Seal of Biliteracy takes the form of a seal that appears on the transcript or diploma of the graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions.
A Seal of Biliteracy is granted to all students who meet the criteria for the award; criteria are set at the state and national level for students whose first language is English and who are learning a second language. It is also for English Learners who are developing academic proficiency in their home language while mastering English.
The purposes for instituting the Seal of Biliteracy awards are numerous:
- To encourage students to study languages
- To certify attainment of biliteracy skills
- To recognize the value of language diversity
- To provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills
- To provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for the attainment of high-level skills in multiple languages
- To prepare students with 21st-century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society
- To strengthen inter-group relationships and honor the multiple cultures and languages in a community