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California State Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Biliteracy

The State Seal of Biliteracy, AB 815, was signed by the governor and enacted into California Education Code on October 8, 2011 and amended by AB 1142 in 2017 (see link below).

The California State Seal of Biliteracy CDE (SSB), marked by a gold seal affixed on the diploma and noted on the transcript, recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. Students receive a gold embossed seal from the State of California which is affixed to their diploma promoting they are fluent in at  least two languages. There is no cost for the SSB. Refer to the State Seal of Biliteracy FAQs and Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs for revised criteria during the Coronavirus health pandemic. 

An eligible graduating high school senior who has achieved a high level of literacy and fluency in all the domains of speaking, reading and writing in one or more language(s) in addition to English is recognized and awarded the California State Seal of Biliteracy.

During the spring of their senior year, eligible graduating high school seniors with the support of high school counselors complete and submit an application to the Office of Language Acquisition (OLA).