Seal of Biliteracy

  • ""With the changing global economy, businesses and jobs are seeking potential employees who have creativity, critical-thinking, collaboration and communication skills. Those with communication skills in another language in addition to English will be highly sought after. The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. It was developed by Californians Together in 2008 and became effective January 1, 2012. The SEAL acknowledges students who have achieved a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English and is affixed to diplomas and is distinguished on high school transcripts. It is a substantiation of skills that are desirable to college admissions offices and sought after by future employers. The Seal of Biliteracy not only encourages students to study and master new languages but to value linguistic and cultural diversity within a community. It equips students with the 21st-century skills that will allow them to succeed in the global economy and society.

    Biliteracy awards advance the district’s commitment that every student graduates prepared and equipped with the knowledge and skills to participate successfully in college, career, and a diverse 21st-century society. Additionally, the awards build upon the rich linguistic and cultural assets of the district and communicate that mastery of two or more languages is an important skill that is advantageous in an ever-shrinking global society.

    For additional information please contact the World Language Department Chair at your high school.

    Seal of Biliteracy Brochure