The Graduation Seal of Biliteracy


Encourages All Students to Pursue Another Language

Respects First Language Proficiency


The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, school district, or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages, including English, by high school graduation. Our vision is to help students recognize the value of their academic success and see the tangible benefits of being bilingual.

Why Implement it?

The Seal of Biliteracy encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices.




Advocate for the right of all students to study a second language

Recognize the benefits of multilingualism in the US

Advocate for all language professionals


      Through JNCL we work together on  ….


Federal funding to aid new BEST Act for all 50 states – (Seal of Biliteracy)

Funding the World Language Readiness grants

Getting Congress members to recognize and join ALC

Funding for Teacher Quality Partnership (Title II grants to train K-12 teachers; many have been language teachers)

Funding Title VI Fulbright Hays, Paul Simon Study Abroad, and International Studies grants


Plus immediate issues that arise, like supporting CARES Act coverage for language professionals during Covid-19.




Graduating students may apply for a Seal of Biliteracy in Latin. The guidelines for awarding the Seal may differ between states or districts, but your state or district board of education website should have details. There are several methods and  instruments in place for showing a student’s qualification for the Latin Seal, including IB and AP results, the ALIRA test, and National Latin Exam results. Any one or a combination of these may apply in your area.


Guidelines for  Implementing the Seal of Biliteracy is HERE or at:


Seal of Biliteracy for High School Graduates – check out their social stream


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