WHAT DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED FOR THE SEAL OF BILITERACY APPLICATION?
- The following forms of documentation will be accepted:
- Unofficial MVLA transcript: for grades, GPA, coursework
- A copy of your official score report: for SAT subject tests, AP exams, ELPAC results (EL students)
- EL students who cannot locate their official ELPAC score reports should contact their school's EL Program Assistant for a printout of their scores.
IN WHAT LANGUAGE CAN I APPLY FOR THE SEAL OF BILITERACY?
- MVLA is offering the Seal of Biliteracy in Chinese (Mandarin), French, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish.
Other languages can apply but student must take language proficiency exam through a certified agency.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I QUALIFY FOR THE SEAL OF BILITERACY?
The Seal of Biliteracy acknowledges a student's language proficiency in both English and another language. As part of the application process, it is crucial to provide documentation (such as an unofficial MVLA transcript or an AP score report) to demonstrate that you have satisfied all the eligibility criteria. You can find a comprehensive list of these criteria within the application itself and on this webpage.
WHAT IF I AM CURRENTLY IN AN MVLA LEVEL 4H NOW? I WON’T HAVE COMPLETED THE COURSE BEFORE THE APPLICATIONS ARE DUE.
If you meet all other eligibility criteria and are currently enrolled in a course to fulfill the language proficiency requirement, you will be designated as "conditionally accepted" until final grades are posted in June. As long as you successfully complete the course with the appropriate grades, you can anticipate receiving your Seal of Biliteracy alongside your diploma.
WHAT IF I AM TAKING THE AP EXAM FOR THE LANGUAGE THIS SPRING? CAN I STILL APPLY?
First, verify if you meet the eligibility criteria through other means (e.g., coursework). If not, you can still submit your application by the specified deadline. In this case, your application will be marked as "conditionally accepted," and you will receive your diploma without the Seal of Biliteracy until you provide your exam score report. Please note that school offices are closed during the summer, so you'll need to wait until August to submit your exam report and receive your Seal of Biliteracy. It's crucial to ensure that you submit your exam score report no later than August 12; otherwise, your application will be considered incomplete, and you will not receive the Seal.