Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Biliteracy

OVERVIEW

Seal of Biliteracy

The St. Vrain Valley School District recognizes students who have studied and attained proficiency or higher in English and at least one other language with the SVVSD 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, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and 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 competitive 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
  • 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 across cultures

Application Process
  • Students in grades K-8 are encouraged to access world language experience in and out of school and maintain proficiency in native languages
  • 8th grade students should consider enrolling into World Language courses as they transition into high school
  • 9th and 10th grade students encouraged to participate in world language courses and maintain high GPA in English language arts classes
  • 11th grade students on track identified by high school counselors and encouraged to apply as senior
  • 12th grade students submit request to earn Seal of Biliteracy diploma and District Committee reviews qualifiers
  • 12th grade students who qualify receive additional Seal of Biliteracy diploma and cords at graduation ceremony

Seal of Biliteracy – Application


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