Students posing with their teacher in the hallway

Seal of Biliteracy

Michael Elliott

Secondary Social Studies and World Languages Instructional Supervisor

About the Seal of Biliteracy

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) was established to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English.

It takes the form of a special seal that is affixed to the student’s diploma.  The honor is also noted on the student’s official transcript.

Applying for the program

The Seal of Biliteracy application is contained in the handbook linked below, along with an in-depth look at the academic components of the program.