English Proficiency Requirements:
Complete all English Language Arts (ELA) graduation requirements with a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) or above AND pass the ELA California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress at the “standard met” level or above.
Second Language Proficiency Requirements:
Pass either an Advanced Placement (AP) exam with a three or above, an International Baccalaureate (IB) exam with a four or above, or an SAT II with a 600 or above. Or, pass a district- approved assessment of the same rigor as an AP exam OR complete a four-year high school course of study in the language with a 3.0 GPA or above AND demonstrate oral proficiency in the language.
Additional Requirement for Students Currently Classified as English Learners:
Demonstrate English proficiency on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California
CA Seal of Biliteracy Frequently Asked Questions 2020-21
The Home Language Development Recognition Award is offered to 8th grade multilingual students who demonstrate they continue to develop their home language outside of school. This award is designed to celebrate their path to biliteracy and encourage students to continue the course of language study in high school and obtain the state awarded Seal of Biliteracy. Certificates are awarded to 8th grade students who have successfully met all the criteria.
8th grade students who continue to develop their home language outside of school and complete requirements by the specified date.
Students independently complete the following four activities in their home language. Parent, guardian, or caregiver signs the documentation form and certifies that their child has opportunities to develop and maintain their home language and regularly participates in each of the four domains. Completion Form includes the following activities and will be provided to students once application is received:
- Listen to an activity in their home language.
- Submit a recording of a student speaking in their home language.
- Read one book (fiction or nonfiction) in their home language.
- Submit one writing sample in their home language.
This elementary Biliteracy Attainment Award is designed to celebrate high-levels of biliteracy and to encourage students to continue their course of language study at the secondary level. The Spanish Biliteracy Attainment Recognition Award will be given to 5th grade students who have met the criteria.
5th grade students in the Spanish Biliteracy Pathway
5th grade students in the Spanish Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program.
5th grade students who are bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English
1. Opinion essay in English:
Prompt: Why is being biliterate important to you, your community and the world?
2. Informative essay in Spanish:
Prompt: Choose a topic that you are passionate about and write an informative essay. (For example: an animal you love, a sport you play, something you do with your family like cooking or traveling, a place you like to visit, etc.)
English STAR Reading score of 40% or above
Spanish STAR Reading Score of 40% or above
Demonstrate writing proficiency in English and Spanish by scoring a 4 on the writing rubric for each essay.
San Leandro Unified offers a Spanish Biliteracy Program Participation Recognition. This certificate is designed to celebrate biliteracy and to encourage students to continue participation in multilingual programs. The Biliteracy Recognition will be given to 5th grade students in the Dual Language Programs.