Seal of Biliteracy

 

Beginning in 2020, the St. Vrain Valley School District will recognize students who have studied and attained proficiency or higher in English and at least one other language with the Seal of Biliteracy. This award, given at graduation, provides students with a competitive advantage in the employment market as well as increased opportunities for higher education. 

Requirements 

Demonstrate proficiency or higher in English by completing all of the English Language Arts required for graduation with an overall GPA of least 3.0 or higher in the required ELA courses AND one of the requirements listed below:

  • 470 or higher on SAT EBRW
  • 3 or higher on AP English Language Exam
  • 3 or higher on AP English Literature Exam
  • 4 or higher on IB English Exam
  • 100 level or higher on Accuplacer Basic Skills Assessment

Demonstrate proficiency or higher in a language other than English by achieving one of the following: 

  • 3 or higher on World Language AP Exam
  • 4 or higher on World Language IB Exam
  • Intermediate Mid on AAPPL (Arabic, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Thai) 
  • If identified language exam is not available, student can submit a body of evidence demonstrating proficiency in each mode of communication for that language
  • Successfully completing a four-year high school course of study in the world language and attaining an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 in the course of study

The Seal of Biliteracy provides students with a competative advantage in the employment market as well as increased opportunities for higher education by:

  • Providing evidence of increased readiness for college and careers
  • Improving opportunities for college admissions and scholarship
  • Increased job opportunities - Between 2010-2015 job postings targeting bilingual candidates doubled
  • Boosting salary potential - Knowing a second language can increase one's pay by 10-15 percent
  • Enhancing connections with your language and culture as well as building knowledge and understanding of other cultures

Application Process

  1. Students in grades K-8 encouraged to access world language classes and maintain proficiency in native languages
  2. 8th grade students made aware of Seal of Biliteracy diploma through specific transition activities
  3. 9th and 10th grade students encouraged to participate in world language courses and maintain high GPA in English language arts classes 
  4. 11th grade students on track identified by high school counselors and encouraged to apply as seniors
  5. 12th grade students submit request to earn Seal of Biliteracy diploma and District Committee reviews qualifiers
  6. 12th grade students who qualify receive additional Seal of Biliteracy diploma and cords at graduation ceremony

Seal of Biliteracy Application 


Key Dates - Senior Year

  • Prior to October 15 - Talk to your counselor to plan your pathway to the seal
  • October 15 - Student applications due
  • December 3 - Applicant status with next steps for applications sent 
  • February 1 - AAPPL testing window opens
  • December 14 - Writing exercises due for students eligible for Portfolio Review
  • March 8 -  Speaking exercises due for students eligible for Portfolio Review
  • March 29 - AAPPL testing window closes
  • March - Mock AP Exams
  • May - AP Exams (schedule)
  • April - SAT Exam
  • April 16 - Final student status update
  • May - Distritctwide celebration (date and location TBA)

For more information, please contact Oakely Schilling, Seal of Biliteracy Coordinator, at schilling_oakley@svvsd.org or (303) 702-7512.