California State Seal of Biliteracy

The California State Seal of Biliteracy is a form of recognition from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction of graduating high students who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. It recognizes the value of biliteracy as a 21st century skill.


In order for students to be considered 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.
  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 of Standard Exceeded. THIS REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN WAIVED FOR THE CLASS OF 2021
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in an additional language through one of the following:

              a. AP World Language exam of 3 or higher
              b. SAT II Subject test for an additional language with a score of 600 or higher
              c. Complete a four-year high school course of study in a world language with an overall GPA of 3.0 or         

                  higher in the course of study. Years of language taken in middle school do not count. Students using 

                  this eligibility requirement must also:
                           i. 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


      4.  If you are currently identified as an EL student, you must have attained an overall proficiency level 4 on

            your most recent ELPAC test.

Biliteracy Application

Ms. Garcia will be reaching out to students who may be eligible in late February/early March. Students will be responsible for applying for the California State Seal of Biliteracy and meeting the required application deadline if they are interested. Applications are due to Jocelyn Garcia by March 31, 2021 - late applications will not be accepted. If you have a question, contact Ms. Garcia at

Additional Information

Official California State Seal of Biliteracy letter from Poway Unified School District
Seal of Biliteracy Brochure
Seal of Biliteracy FAQs
Seal of Biliteracy Checklist
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