Seal of Biliteracy

seal-of-biliteracyMultiple languages are critical to participating effectively in global political, social, cultural, and economic arenas; and the demand for employees to be fluent in more than one language is increasing rapidly in California and throughout the world.

As a result, the California Department of Education established the Seal of Biliteracy in 2012 to formally recognize biliteracy as an asset for graduating high school seniors by certifying a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in at least 2 languages, one of which is English. The Seal of Biliteracy is added to graduates’ diplomas as a statement of accomplishment for college admissions and future employers.

View criteria and detailed information on the Seal of Biliteracy.

In addition to meeting stringent criteria in the English language, students demonstrate a high level of second and third language proficiency through coursework, exams, applications, interviews, or other assessments as dictated by each school district. Click here to watch a short, informative video on this unique opportunity!

An awards ceremony is held to honor the students’ achievements by presenting them with special medals and certificates. Click here to see a list of the 2016 recipients!