California State Seal of Biliteracy
Want to be recognized for being proficient in one or more languages in addition to English?
Talk to your World Language teacher or come to the Counseling Office to pick up an application for The Seal of Biliteracy Program, which recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. The California State Seal of Biliteracy is a great accomplishment to show future employers and college admissions.
The seal insignia will be affixed to your diploma and noted on your transcript indicating that you have been awarded the California State Seal of Biliteracy by the State Superintendent.
Deadline to submit an application is February 1, 2019.
Speak to a World Language teacher or your counselor for more information as soon as possible.
Benefits of the Seal
The Seal 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