Record Number of DPS High School Seniors Earn Seal of Biliteracy

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Award Ceremony to Recognize 900 Students Who Have Mastered Multiple Languages

DENVER – Doubling the number of last year’s recipients, 900 Denver Public Schools (DPS) senior students will graduate from high school with a demonstrated proficiency in English and at least one other language. At a recognition ceremony on Tuesday, May 8 at East High School, DPS leaders will acknowledge these students with the Seal of Biliteracy.

In order to receive the honorary Seal, students who have mastered multiple languages must meet the Seal of Biliteracy criteria. Students must complete all requirements for graduation, exhibit proficiency in English by passing one of five available tests and demonstrate proficiency in one or more languages other than English by passing a specified exam or courses of study. For languages with no approved standardized test, the student may complete an oral and written examination to demonstrate proficiency. The Seal will appear on the transcript and diploma of the graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions.

DPS has been at the forefront of equity by offering the award to formally acknowledge students’ biliteracy, uniquely preparing future leaders with real-world skills in an increasingly multilingual job market. Twenty-two languages from Amharic to Filipino to Spanish to Swahili will be represented.

Interviews in multiple languages will be available.

  • What: More than 900 DPS Students Awarded the Seal of Biliteracy
  • Who: DPS students, educators, community leaders and government representatives
  • When: Tuesday, May 8, 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade