World Languages

San Diego Unified School District is committed to providing language opportunities for all students. The District recognizes that in addition to being academically prepared and fully proficient in English, all students benefit from being proficient in another language. The geographic location of San Diego, as well as the diversity of the District's student population, makes the study of languages that much more important. In support of this, the District has made language learning opportunities available to all students through a variety of K-12 pathways which include:

  • Biliteracy programs
  • Language Immersion and Dual Language Immersion programs
  • Language Enrichment programs
  • World Language programs and courses beginning in 7th grade per secondary school offerings

The language programs throughout the District are staffed with highly qualified teachers, follow a standards based curriculum, and are supported by District developed curriculum guides and assessments that measure student progress and inform instruction. The District recognizes that multilingualism enhances cognitive development, divergent and critical thinking, problem solving, as well as promotes communication and understanding in an increasingly global society. In addition to promoting multilingualism among students, the World Language Program within SDUSD seeks to have students:

  • Communicate in languages other than English.
  • Gain knowledge and an understanding of other cultures.
  • Connect with other disciplines and acquire information.
  • Develop insight into the nature of language and culture.
  • Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

SDUSD World Language Course Offerings

The District currently offers world language programs and courses in 9 languages:

  • American Sign Language (ASL)

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Filipino
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Visit Course of Study K-12 for detailed information of the World Languages course of study as well as the descriptions of each of the District's other curriculum areas.

Independent World Language Schools

Graduation credit may be granted for coursework taken at District-approved independent world language schools outside the regular school day (e.g. Saturday school) or school year (i.e. summer school), provided that the student notifies the principal in advance (see Administrative Procedure 4770.C.12.a (3)).

IWLS Schools List 2021-2022 revised 09/2021.

Options for meeting the World Language Requirements

Beginning with the Class of 2016, SDUSD students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in English and a language other than English in order to satisfy the district's high school graduation requirements. Six options are available so that all students are able to meet the world language graduation requirement.

The SDUSD world language graduation requirement is based on the UC/CSU "E" admission requirement. The equivalent of two years of study of the same world language is required, although three years are highly recommended.

Options for Meeting the World Language Requirementsrevised 2021-22.

LOTE Informational Page 2021-22

LOTE List of Available Languages 2021-22

Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy has been established in support of the following purposes:

  • To encourage students to maintain an extended sequence of study that leads to high levels of proficiency in two or more languages;
  • To recognize the cultural and linguistic diversity of our San Diego community;
  • To provide employers with a method by which to identify prospective employees with languages and biliteracy skills; and
  • To provide universities with a method by which to confer academic credit to applicants seeking admission.

Visit the Seal of Biliteracy for more information.