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World Language Distinction & Biliteracy

Boulder High School is excited to be able to provide learning opportunities in five world languages: Spanish, French, German, Latin, and Japanese.  Students are able to take a language all four years at Boulder High and be able to graduate with special honors in World Languages.  Information about the "Colorado Seal of Biliteracy Endorsement" and "World Language Distinction" is listed below.  If you have any questions, please contact the Boulder High Counseling Office.


Graduation with Distinction in World Languages

It is an incredible honor to receive this award.  Below are the details needed to achieve the different levels. All recipients must be a graduating senior who has taken two languages offered at Boulder High school.  If you have any questions, please ask your Counselor or contact Helen Vikery at helen.vickery@bvsd.org. 

Summa cum laude: Requirements

  • First language: complete through Advanced Placement level; take AP exam; grade of A in class
  • Second language: complete through Advanced Placement level; take AP exam; grade of A in class
  • Teacher recommendation

For example: Summa Cum Laude: AP Spanish Literature;  AP Latin

Magna cum laude: Requirements

  • First language: complete through Advanced Placement level; take AP exam; grade of A in class
  • Second language: complete through level 3; grade of A in class
  • Teacher recommendation

For example: Magna cum Laude: AP Spanish Literature; French 3

Cum laude: Requirements

  • First language: complete through level 4; take AP exam; grade of B in class
  • Second language: complete through level 3; grade of B in class
  • Teacher recommendation

For example: Cum Laude: French 3; Spanish 4


Seal of Biliteracy Endorsement at Graduation

In recognition of the importance of bilingualism and biliteracy, the Boulder Valley School District is proud to offer the Colorado Seal of Biliteracy Endorsement. The Seal will be awarded to graduating BVSD students who meet the criteria set forth in state legislation, passed March 2017. A Seal of Biliteracy serves as formal recognition of students who have studied and attained high levels of proficiency in English and another language. This award can be received by both students coming from bilingual households as well as native English speaking students who become proficient in another language through their language classes. 

Requirements for Seal of Biliteracy Endorsement

Proficiency in English and another language is measured by having a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.0 across all Language Arts Classes (40 credits) AND World Language Classes through a level 5 or higher with a minimum overall weighted World Language GPA of 3.0.  Proficiency in another language can instead be measured by AP test scores if a student is unable to take a level 5 language class. English Language test scores from ACT, SAT, or AP can also be used to determine proficiency.  Details about the criteria and other important information can be found on the BVSD Seal of Biliteracy Website and the Colorado Department of Education's Seal of Biliteracy Endorsement Website. Information about earning the Seal of Biliteracy in American Sign Language (ASL) can also be found on this website.

If the student meets the criteria listed above and they submit an application before the deadline in February, they will receive a green cord and certificate at graduation as well as recognition and the award will be added to the student's official transcript.  Details and deadlines are posted on the website. This award gives students an advantage in college and/or the work place.


 

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