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MPS Seal of Biliteracy rewards dual language proficiency

MPS high school students are encouraged to learn about the Seal of Biliteracy! Milwaukee Public Schools is one of only 12 districts in the state of Wisconsin to offer this recognition. By learning more now, students can be prepared to select their classes for the next school year.

The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to high school seniors who successfully complete criteria related to English language proficiency and show a high degree of proficiency in another language. It can be earned by native speakers of English or native speakers of about 20 different world languages. The program is approved by the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

Accomplishing the Seal requires multiple years of work, so interested students should explore the program in their freshman or sophomore year or while in 8th grade. Required components are extensive and involve proficiency in English, proficiency in another world language, and cultural engagement as detailed below.

English language proficiency: A qualifying score on the ACT, ACT Aspire, the ACTFL through the Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages, selected Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams, or the ACCESS test for English Learner students.

Demonstration of proficiency in another language includes: A qualifying score on an approved exam such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages, OR qualifying coursework in science or social studies taught in a language other than English, OR qualifying scores on the Low Incidence Partner Language Rubric.

Sociocultural competency: Students must also participate in a predetermined number of cultural activities, clubs, workshops, and/or conferences; students are evaluated through a written essay, presentation, or interview.

Upon graduation, students who successfully earn the Seal receive a special Seal of Biliteracy certificate issued by DPI and a lapel pin signifying their completion of the program. The accomplishment is also added to the student’s high school transcript.

We congratulate the graduating seniors from the class of 2021 who became recipients of the Seal after completing all criteria! See the complete list of recipients.

The Seal of Biliteracy is currently available in 12 MPS schools, with more schools preparing to add the program. Students should ask a school administrator for the Seal of Biliteracy Coordinator at their school

  • Audubon High School
  • Bradley Tech
  • Golda Meir
  • Hamilton High School
  • Milwaukee Marshall High School
  • Milwaukee High School of the Arts
  • Milwaukee School of Languages
  • Pulaski High School
  • Riverside High School
  • Reagan High School
  • South Division High School
  • Washington High School

Interested students should visit the Seal of Biliteracy webpage for more information. For questions, contact Solmaris González Chico at


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