Ninety-two high school juniors and seniors from around the Forest Hills Public School district can now put another achievement on their college or career applications. This prestigious award is known as Michigan’s Seal of Biliteracy. As of Sept. 1, 2019, Michigan is one of 36 states and Washington D.C., which awards a state Seal of Biliteracy. Since its implementation in Michigan, FHPS has already awarded 92 Seals of Biliteracy to its students.
The Michigan Seal of Biliteracy requires students to meet the following criteria: meet the state’s and high school’s graduation requirements, and demonstrate intermediate high proficiency on world language assessments as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The Michigan Seal of Biliteracy was created to recognize high school graduates who exhibit language proficiency in English and at least one additional world language. It was created to encourage students to study world languages and embrace their native and heritage languages. It will provide employers with a way to identify individuals with strong language and biliteracy skills and serve as an additional tool for colleges and universities to recognize applicants’ language abilities for admission and placement.
FHPS embraces language learning and celebrates that over 50 different heritage languages, not including English, are spoken in the homes of our students. “The skill of being able to communicate in more than one language is one that will serve our students well as they become active contributors in an increasingly global society,” said Jesús Santillán, director of immersion and language learning. “We are excited to see the numbers of students increase who are proficient in a second language and who are able to show proficiency, and sometimes mastery, of another language.”