The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB), provides recognition to high school students who are fluent in two or more languages.  In order for students to be considered candidates for the SSB, they must meet the criteria outlined below.  Once the criteria have been met, the SSB insignia will be placed on your diploma, and noted on your transcript.  To qualify students must met the criteria as described below.

1.      Completion of four years of English coursework with an average GPA of 2.0 or higher 

2.      SBAC/ELA in 11th grade – Standard Met or Standard Exceeded – THIS REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN WAIVED FOR CLASS OF 2022 

3.  Demonstrate proficiency in an additional language through one of the following: 

a.       AP World Language exam score of 3 or higher 

b.      NEWL test for an additional language with a score of 3 or higher 

c.       Complete a four-year high school course of study in a world language (which means completion of 8 terms of a world language during high school OR completion of a world language 7/8 course) with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in that course of study. Years of language taken in middle school do not count.  

Students using this eligibility requirement must also: 

Complete the PUSD Oral Language Proficiency Verification form. 


d.      Pass the CDE approved Tagalog assessment with a score of 75% or higher on the reading assessment and Stage 2 “High” or higher on the Speaking and Writing assessments.  

4. If you are currently identified as an EL student, you must have attained an overall level 4 on your most recent ELPAC test. 

Applications for this recognition can be obtained on the school website

Counselors will not be identifying students who qualify for this award. You will be responsible for applying for the SSB. If you are interested you must submit the required paperwork and forms to your counselor by the APRIL 1st deadline of your senior year. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. (Links below - currently being updated for 2022)
Biliteracy Seal Application 

Biliteracy Seal Application - translated into Spanish
Oral Language Proficiency Verification
NEW Application Form
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