About Seal of Biliteracy
Degrees and Certifications:
Seal of Biliteracy
The Arizona Seal of Biliteracy is intended to recognize students who graduate from a school and who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. The seal is placed on the student’s diploma and noted on the transcript. It encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices.
Students earn the Seal of Biliteracy their Senior year of high school. In order to earn the Seal, they must demonstrate proficiency in both English and a second language (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, or Spanish). The seal requires students to show high levels of proficiency in English by successfully completing all English requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average in those classes of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Students must also show high levels of proficiency in English by receiving a passing score in English on the state assessment (AzMERIT). English Second Language Learners must obtain a score of Proficient or Higher on the AZELLA Assessment. The student must attain the required score on one of the following language assessments: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL).
To apply for the Seal of Biliteracy, students should complete this online application.