Seal of Biliteracy
The New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy at Colonia High School
The Seal of Biliteracy is a special designation on a student's high school transcript that she or he has demonstrated proficiency in English and one other language. Students recieve a special certificate and mention at graduation, and recieve graduation cords to show their achievement. The Seal of Biliteracy is a program developed by the State of New Jersey.
How to apply:
1.) The student first demonstrates proficiency in English. This is done through the PARCC, SAT, ACT or ELL assessments already administered throughout the year.
2.) The student studies a second language or student is a native speaker of another language. The Seal of Biliteracy requires a certain level of proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students taking Chinese, French and Spanish should apply for the Seal of Biliteracy near the end of their 3rd year of classes, or during their 4th year.
3.) The student then applies for the Seal of Biliteracy at Colonia High School. Upon reviewing the application, a CHS staff member will contact the student to arrange for the assessment. There is an assessment fee of $20. In 2018-2019, the assessments will take place at Colonia High School, during the 2nd week of January.
At this time, the Seal of Biliteracy is available to students of French, Spanish and Chinese, and native speakers of French, Spanish and Chinese, including those in the English as a Second Language Program. Additional languages may be added in the near future, including ASL.
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