SDUSD Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Biliteracy

In May of 2011, the Board of Trustees of the San Diego Unified School district adopted a district Seal of Biliteracy. This is an award granted to high school seniors upon graduation certifying attainment of mastery in two of more languages. It is a statement by the school system that mastery of two or more languages is important and worthy of special recognition. It encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the achievement of our students, and acknowledges the skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices.

The Seal of Biliteracy is consistent with current district policies and initiatives that focus on ensuring students' college and career readiness and preparation with 21st century skills. This policy affirms the District vision and commitment to the critical importance of all students developing multilingual and multicultural competence while acquiring marketable skills.

The Seal of Biliteracy was developed by and receives ongoing support and endorsement from Californians Together, a statewide coalition of parents, teachers, education advocates and civil rights groups committed to securing equal access to quality education for all children.

A State Seal of Biliteracy, AB 815, was signed by the governor and enacted into California Education Code on October 8, 2011 and amended by AB 1142 in 2017 (see link below).

Eligibility Criteria for the SDUSD Seal of Biliteracy

The CA Seal of Biliteracy is granted to all students who apply for the Seal and who meet the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of all San Diego Unified high school graduation requirements including demonstrating Proficiency in English by having satisfied all SDUSD English graduation requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 or above. Pass the ELA California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) at the "Standard Met" level or above. 
  • And ONE of the following World Language requirements:
    • OPTION 1: A score of "3" or higher on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam for world language.
    • OPTION 2: An upper level IB course. Students must score 4 or higher on the IB exam, as determined by IB testing agency (an upper level IB course can be either an IBSL or an IBHL): Verified by a notification letter from an IB Testing Agency.
    • OPTION 3: A passing score of 600 or higher on the SAT II: Foreign Language Examination. TGE. Subject Test as verified by a notification letter from the College Board.
  • Additional Requirements for students currently classified as English Learners: Demonstrate English Proficiency on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).
  • APPLICATION: The submission deadline for this year is April 30, 2021. Any late submissions after the deadline will NOT be considered or approved. You can access the application here: Seal of Biliteracy Application

Bea Gonzales Biliteracy Scholarship:

  • SCHOLARSHIP HISTORY: The Bea Gonzales Biliteracy Scholarship was established to continue Ms. Gonzales' dream of universal access to high quality biliteracy/multilingual educational programs for all students. Her work, as Director of Bilingual Teacher Training Program at San Diego County Office of Education benefited, supported, and inspired thousands of educators in San Diego and across the state. The scholarship will be awarded to students who are currently eligible for the district Seal of Biliteracy, and who are demonstrating high academic achievement.
  • AWARDS: Scholarship recipients will receive a $750 award to apply towards an accredited two-year college or four-year university.
  • ELIGIBILITY: Selection is based on academic and non-academic criteria of the applicant including:
    • Eligibility for the San Diego Unified School District Seal of Biliteracy
    • Leadership and community involvement
    • Educational aspirations and career goals
    • Grade point average
    • Special circumstances and financial need
  • APPLICATION: The deadline for this years application is May 11, 2018. You can access the application here: Bea Gonzales Biliteracy Scholarship
  • This is a competitive scholarship program. Not all applicants will receive awards; these awards are dependent upon funding availability.

Pathway Awards

Achieving advanced levels of knowledge and proficiency in another language takes many years and must start early with young children. The SDUSD Seal of Biliteracy also establishes a system of "pathway" awards from pre-school through high school recognizing benchmarks towards biliteracy. These awards are designed to reward engagement in pursuit of language skills in two or more languages, to affirm positive attitudes towards multilingualism, and to validate the use of multiple languages for all students. Additionally, these awards promote the need for students to continue in long term, sequential world language study in high school.

Awards are given for the following:

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