Seal of Biliteracy

The Los Gatos – Saratoga High School District is happy to announce that students in our district will now be eligible to receive the State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) on their high school diplomas.  Assembly Bill 815 (Brownley, Chapter 618) provides recognition to high school students who demonstrate proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by the California State Superintendent of Schools to graduating seniors, certifying proficiency in English and at least one other language. Qualifying seniors receive a golden seal on their diplomas from the California State Department of Education, and certificates awarded by the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District in recognition of their achievement. 

To qualify, students must:

  1. Complete all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 2.0 in those classes.

  2. Score at the “Standard Met” or “Standard Exceed” on Smarter Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts/Literacy given in grade 11.

  3. Be proficient in one or more languages in addition to English as demonstrated through ONE of the following options: 

  • Pass a foreign language AP exam with a score of 3 or higher
  • Complete the district’s approved consecutive four-year course of study in the same foreign language and attain an overall GPA of 3.0 or above in those courses (verified by transcript)
  • Pass the SAT II foreign language exam with a score of 600 or higher. Tests are available for the following languages:  Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, German, Hebrew, Korean, Latin
  • If you are bilingual/biliterate in a language for which no district course, AP exam, or SAT Subject Test exists, there are a few “off-the-shelf” language exams that test proficiency in reading/writing/speaking/listening, including these two: 

 How to apply:

Download the LGSUHSD application form by clicking here and turn in completed form to your guidance counselor by March 22, 2019.

More information is available at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/sealofbiliteracy.asp   The d