By Kristin Percy Calaff, Director of Language Learning
More students in Highline are graduating bilingual and biliterate than ever before! More than 220 students in the Class of 2019 received the Seal of Biliteracy at graduation.
To achieve this honor, students must demonstrate proficiency in a world language at the intermediate-mid level or higher and earn four credits of both English Language Arts and World Language through coursework or proficiency testing. This year, more than 650 students tested in 36 languages to earn credit and try to achieve the Seal.
Students at Evergreen and Tyee High Schools had the opportunity to work on their home language skills through new heritage classes in Somali, Vietnamese and Samoan. All students who have received their results to date have earned two or more credits in their heritage language, and many qualified for the Seal of Biliteracy.
At Tyee, students celebrated with a lunch and awards ceremony hosted by Aganu’u Fa’asamoa 101 USA, our community partner providing instructors and materials for the course.
We are proud of our bilingual and biliterate students and the rich diversity they bring to our Highline community!