Seal of Biliteracy

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    The New York State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English. The Seal, first offered during the 2020-2021 academic year, helps meet the following objectives:

    • To encourage students to study languages
    • To recognize the value of language diversity
    • To provide employers with a method of identifying people with language skills
    • To provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for the attainment of high-level skills in multiple languages
    • To prepare students with 21st century skills
    • To honor the multiple cultures and languages in our community

    To earn the Seal of Biliteracy, students have to earn three "points" in English as well as each additional World Language for which they want to earn the Seal. There is a menu of options for students to earn points.

    Why Earn a Seal of Biliteracy?
    Employers and colleges are looking for bilingual applicants. The seal enhances applications for jobs, grants, or scholarships. This distinction prepares you for 21st-Century careers. 

    Who can Apply for the Seal of Biliteracy?
    The New York State Seal of Biliteracy is intended for all students who are proficient in English and any other language, including American Sign Language.

    How do Students Apply for the Seal of Biliteracy?
    Applications are available to download on this website within the Information Packet, or in the Counseling Office at the High School. The Seal of Biliteracy Committee will review applications and then assign an advisor to eligible students.

    When Should Students Apply?
    Students can apply in their junior or senior year of high school. Applications must be received by November 1st of their Senior Year. 

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