TSD Seal of Biliteracy

  • Knowing more than one language is an asset

    In today’s competitive job market and our multicultural community at home and around the world, the ability to speak, read and write in more than one language can set you apart from the crowd. Thompson Schools developed the Seal of Biliteracy to honor our students who have attained high level skills in both English and another language. The Seal appears on the student’s official transcript to certify to colleges and employers that she or he has demonstrated proficiency in multiple languages.

    For further information see FAQ below or speak with your World Language teacher.

    Important Dates:

    • Google Form Application Due - December 15, 2017
    • AAPPL, IB and AP assessments will take place in the spring.


  • Seal Logo Criteria Link

     Application Link

  • The Seal of Biliteracy- Your future is brighter than ever….

    The Seal of Biliteracy is a credential on a diploma at graduation from high school for those who demonstrate academic proficiency in English and at least one other language.

    The purpose of the Seal of Biliteracy is to:

    • Acknowledge and certify attainment of biliteracy skills;
    • Prepare students with 21st century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society
    • Provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills
    • Provide universities, grants and scholarships with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for their dedication to attainment of high level skills in 2 or more languages

    El Sello de Lectoescritura Bilingüe-Tu futuro es más brillante que nunca.. 

    El Sello de Lectoescritura Bilingüe es una credencial galardonada a los alumnos al graduarse de la preparatoria demuestran el dominio académico de inglés y por lo menos un idioma más.

    El propósito del Sello de Lectoescritura Bilingüe es el de:

    • Reconocer y certificar el logro de habilidades de lectoescritura bilingüe
    • Preparar a los estudiantes con habilidades del siglo XXI que les serán de ayuda en el mercado laboral y sociedad global
    • Proveer a los empleadores una manera de identificar personas con habilidades bilingües, incluyendo las habilidades para leer y escribir en dos idiomas
    • Proveer a las universidades, subsidios y becas a manera de reconocer candidatos dedicados a lograr habilidades académicas avanzadas en dos idiomas o más

TSD Seal of Biliteracy FAQ

TSD Seal of Biliteracy FAQ

Why does Thompson School District have a Seal of Biliteracy?

  • To encourage students to study languages
  • To certify attainment of biliteracy skills
  • To recognize the value of language diversity
  • To provide employers with a method of identifying people with high level literacy skills in multiple languages
  • To provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for attainment of high level skills in multiple languages
  • To prepare students with 21st century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society
  • To strengthen intergroup relationships and honor the multiple cultures and languages in a community.

Who can earn the Seal?

The seal is for all TSD students who demonstrate mastery in multiple languages using the approved criteria, not just English learners or Spanish speakers.

As one of the requirements to earn the Seal is to complete all graduation requirements, students may not be awarded the Seal until their senior year, but students may complete the other requirements, such as the AAPPL or AP assessment, at any time.

Is there a fee to apply for the Seal?

There are no charges or fees to apply for the Seal. All TSD students are eligible to apply. However, please note, the AP, IB and AAPPL($20) exams do charge administration fees.

I speak a language that is not taught at my school. Can I earn the Seal?

Yes. As long as you can demonstrate proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in both English and another world language, you can earn the Seal.

If a standardized test (such as AP or AAPPL) that is on the approved Seal criteria is not available for your non-English language, you have the option of completing speaking and writing assessments which will be assessed by a trained fluent speaker.

I won't get my AP test results back until after graduation. Can I earn the Seal?

Yes. You’ll need your world language teacher to sign a form affirming that you are demonstrating literacy in the intermediate-advanced range in class. If you have completed all other requirements, you will be provisionally awarded the Seal pending your final AP test results.

Are there any prep materials for the AAPPL exam?

The AAPPL web site has demo tests you can take. These are portions of actual tests from three years ago. Please note that we will be using Form B.

What are the differences between the AP and the AAPPL tests?

Students enrolled in AP courses will take the AP exam and will qualify for the Seal if they score a 3 or better. This may also lead to college credits, depending on the college. However, since AP results are not delivered until mid-July, seniors who attempt to qualify using AP are granted the Seal on a provisional basis until results are received. The Seal will not appear on student transcripts until exam results are received.

Students who receive I4 or above on the AAPPL test will qualify for the Seal. AAPPL scores do not result in college credits. Students who choose to take the AAPPL will receive their scores earlier in the year, and thus can earn the Seal prior to graduation and/or college applications.

What are the requirements to earn the Seal?