Seal of Biliteracy
The Seal of Biliteracy is a nationally recognized award that students earn by attaining proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. The Seal of Biliteracy program is aimed at increasing student biliteracy and college and career readiness. High school students who attain the Seal of Biliteracy receive recognition on their transcript, a medal, and a diploma seal.
Families with interested students should reach out to a teacher leading the efforts at their school.
Pathways to the Seal of Biliteracy
5th and 8th Grade Students
The Pathways to the Seal of Biliteracy program is geared toward 5th graders in elementary school and 8th graders in middle school. Students at each of these grade levels are motivated to explore and develop their bilingualism so they can learn about the importance of earning their own Seal of Biliteracy once they graduate.
Students are tasked with creating an essay and visual presentation sharing their experiences and why bilingualism will be their superpower when they grow up.
5th Grade Students
Dual Language Program students
- Bilingual students who are proficient in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a language other than English
8th Grade Students
- Students enrolled in Spanish Language Arts or Spanish Literacy classes.
- Bilingual students who are proficient in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a language other than English.
Seal of Biliteracy
High School Students
The Seal of Biliteracy program is open to all high school students in Adams 14; this includes any student whose first language is English and is learning a second language or any student who is learning English as a second language.
Students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in two or more languages, in their coursework and/or through assessments as well in a world language.
Demonstrate Proficiency in English
- Complete all English Language Arts (ELA) coursework required for graduation with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher AND one of the following:
- Score 470 or higher on SAT Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing section.
- Score 3.0 or higher in Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition.
- Score 3.0 or higher in Advanced Placement (AP) Literature and Composition.
- Earn a grade of C or better in English 121 or community college courses.
Demonstrate Proficiency in a World Language
- Complete one of the following requirements:
- Scoring 3 or higher on the World Language Advanced Placement exam
- Successfully completing a 4-year high school course of study of a single world language with an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0
- Achieving a passing score on a nationally recognized test