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Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Biliteracy

In awarding the Seal of Biliteracy to outstanding young leaders, LGSUHSD seeks to encourage students to:

  • Encourage students to develop biliteracy skills;
  • Recognize and honor the rich and diverse language assets at LGSUHSD;
  • Revitalize and promote world language instruction in LGSUHSD schools;
  • Encourage the development of dual language immersion programs and foreign, native, and heritage language programs in schools; and
  • Provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills.

Selection Criteria

Students wishing to receive the Seal of Biliteracy Award must meet the following requirements:


  • Complete all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average (GPA) or 3.0 in those classes



  • Option 1: State Assessment: Pass the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress for English Language Arts administered in grade 11, at or above the "standard met" achievement level.
  • Option 2: Advanced Placement (AP)Assessment: Pass an English AP examination with a score of 3 or higher (AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature or Composition, or AP Seminar).
  • Option 3: SAT: Achieve a score of 480 or above on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the SAT.



  • Successfully complete a four-year course of study in a world language at the high school or higher level, attaining an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in that course of study, and demonstrate oral proficiency in the language comparable to that required to pass an AP examination.



  • Option 1: AP: Pass a world language AP examination with a score of 3 or higher,
  • Option 2: ACTFL: Pass an ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) and Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) with score of intermediate mid or higher, or
  • Option 3: District-Approved Assessment: Pass a school district language examination that, at a minimum, assesses speaking, reading, and writing in a language other than English at the proficient level or higher.

English Language Learners

If the primary language of a grade 0-12 pupil is other than English, they shall do both of the following in order to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy:

  • Meet the requirements above,
  • Attain an overall proficiency level of a 4 on the most recent ELPAC assessment.

Student Notification

Students who qualify to receive the Seal of Biliteracy will be notified by their school during the spring semester. Any student who believes they qualify, but has not been contacted, may contact an administrator at their school site.


For more information, contact your high school world language teacher, counselor, or the Curriculum & Instruction department.

California Department of Education Seal of Biliteracy Poster

Download the trifold brochure here.