New York State Seal of Biliteracy

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For the 2022-2023 school year, New Rochelle High School is pleased to announce our second year of participation in the New York State Seal of Biliteracy Program. In recognition of the importance of bilingualism, many states have begun to award a Seal of Biliteracy to students who have studied and attained a high level of proficiency in English and another language by high school graduation.

The Seal of Biliteracy is a prestigious award that lets colleges and employers know that you are proficient in more than one language. It is a distinction that will be attached to diplomas and transcripts of graduates who have demonstrated language mastery in both English and any other language.

Any student working towards proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking in English and another language can apply. High school counselors and language teachers will assist students who are eligible to apply for this seal of distinction. Planning will typically begin during the 11th grade year. Students are eligible to apply for the New York State Seal of Biliteracy at the beginning of their junior or senior year– the seal is awarded to successful candidates at graduation.

In addition to completing all requirements for graduating with a NYS Regents diploma, students wishing to receive the NYS Seal of Biliteracy must also demonstrate proficiency in both English and another language. Students will need to earn 3 points in a Language Other Than English and 3 points in English. Additional information about the criteria is available from NRHS guidance counselors or on the New York State website.

Please read below to see links to resources for NYSSB:

  1. Short description of NYSSB for students and families in a number of different languages.

  2. NYSSB Description for counselors and administrators

  3. NYSSB descriptions for project advisors

  4. NYSSB information for project panel of reviewers

  5. NYSSB description for teachers

  6. Approved checkpoint C exams students can take to earn points towards the seal of biliteracy: Approved Assessments by Language

  7. General information regarding the seal of biliteracy: Seal of Biliteracy General Information

For more information on the seal of biliteracy, please contact your guidance counselor, the World Languages Office or email psutton@nredlearn.org.