SVVSD Graduates Earn Their Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy is a prestigious award recognizing proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation by the State of Colorado. Initially launched in California in 2011, Colorado legislation was passed endorsing the seal, which is granted by school districts, in 2017. The Seal of Biliteracy encourages students to pursue biliteracy, and it honors their efforts by earning an official recognition once they graduate high school.

St. Vrain Valley School district has always emphasized the importance of language diversity. 

"The doors of opportunity are open and the number of diverse experiences grow,” shared Olga Cordero, Director of Student Services. “Imagine how many more people you can interact with in your lifetime just by learning another language.”

For the 2019-2020 graduating class, 121 St. Vrain students earned the Seal of Biliteracy. Three graduating seniors qualified in multiple languages. Languages represented were: Spanish, French, Mandarin, Hindi, Nepali, Newari, German, and American Sign Language.

When students pursue the Seal of Biliteracy, it encourages them to take advanced placement courses, making students more attractive to future employers and colleges, and promotes global skills by enhancing connections with their own language and culture as well as building knowledge and understanding of other cultures. 

“The Seal of Biliteracy is just one of the few rewards you get for learning a second language,” shared a graduating senior. “You get to learn a new language and culture throughout the year which I think is one of the main rewards you get for pursuing the Seal of Biliteracy.”

“Most importantly, being multilingual provides an opportunity to bridge communities and generations together,” shared Oakley Schilling, EL/ELD and Seal of Biliteracy Coordinator. “Our next step is to continue to expand this program to include Pathway to Biliteracy awards in elementary and middle schools, and encourage lifelong language learning.”

The application for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. Students can also visit the Seal of Biliteracy website for additional information and specific requirements.