California State Seal of Biliteracy
The Seal of Biliteracy is a tangible way to highlight an achievement that deserves recognition:
- Encourages students to study languages
- Certifies proficiency of two or more languages
- Recognizes the value of language diversity and multiple cultures of a community
- Provides employers with a method of identifying prospective employees with bilingual and biliteracy skills.
- Provides universities with a method to determine language placement of applicants seeking admission
- Gives biliterate students a competitive edge in the college admission and job application process
- Prepares students with 21st century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society
- Promotes foreign language instruction in public schools
Students must meet the following requirements in order to be awarded the State Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation. https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/sealofbiliteracy.asp
(EC 51460, 51461)
- Complete high school graduation requirements, including English language arts requirements, with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above in those classes.
- Pass the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in English language arts administered in grade 11 at the proficient level or above.
- Demonstrate proficiency in one or more languages other than English (includes American Sign Language) through one of the following methods:
- Pass a world language Advanced Placement examination with a score of 3 or higher.
- Complete a four year high school course of study in a world language and attain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above in that course of study.
- Pass the SAT II foreign language examination with a score of 600 or higher.
- Pass an approved language exam from an authorizing educational or governmental agency.
Note: For students whose primary language is not English, students must be either reclassified as Fluent English Proficient or score “early advanced” on ELPAC.
- SAT II subject exams in French and Spanish with the listening component are in November.
- SAT II subject exams in French and Spanish without the listening component are in May, June, August, October, and December.
- For languages other than French or Spanish see the SAT II website for those dates https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests/important-dates
- For more information on The Seal of Biliteracy see the California Department of Education/State Seal of Biliteracy. https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/sealofbiliteracy.asp
*ALL CGHS students who meet the requirements will be issued the Seal of Biliteracy on their diploma upon graduation.
If a student has any questions about their progress toward meeting the requirements, please reach out to their assigned school counselor.