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Seal of Biliteracy Program

Lake Forest High School students will have the opportunity to be recognized by the State of Illinois for earning proficiency in English and one additional language. The Illinois State Board of Education's Seal of Biliteracy program will place an official seal on diplomas and confer official recognition on transcripts of those students who qualify.  

****83 Seniors were awarded the State Seal of Biliteracy in 2019****

Two honors are available: the Seal of Biliteracy and the Commendation Toward Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to those whose proficiency level is equivalent to the Intermediate High scale set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The Commendation of Biliteracy is awarded to students whose proficiency level is rated at Intermediate Low or Intermediate Mid in a second language.

To qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy, seniors must:

  •     Earn a minimum composite score of 21 on an official administration of the ACT OR
  •     Earn a "meets" or "exceeds" in ELA on an official administration of the SAT, OR
  •     Earn a final ELA GPA of 3.0 or above with college credit, OR
  •     Score a 5 on the AP English Language and Composition Exam, OR
  •     Earn a minimum overall composite score of 4.8 on the ACCESS for ELLs exam, AND
  •     Have earned a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement language exam, OR
  •     Earn a minimum score of I-5 on all components of ACTFL's Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam.

To qualify for the Commendation of Biliteracy, seniors must:

  •     Earn a minimum composite score of 21 on an official administration of the ACT OR
  •     Earn a "meets" or "exceeds" in ELA on an official administration of the SAT, OR
  •     Earn a final ELA GPA of 2.5 or above with college credit, OR
  •     Score a 4 on the AP English Language and Composition Exam, OR
  •     Earn a minimum overall composite score of 4.8 on the ACCESS for ELLs exam, AND
  •     Have earned a 3 on the Advanced Placement language exam, OR
  •     Earn a minimum score of I-1 on all components of ACTFL's Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam.

Additionally, students of Latin may qualify for a Seal of Biliteracy by showing English proficiency through qualifying English proficiency scores (see above) and by earning a minimum score of I-5 on ACTFL's Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA). A qualifying English proficiency score and an ALIRA score of I-1 will earn a Commendation Toward Biliteracy.

If you have any questions, please contact the Instructional Director of World Languages: Rachel Abel: (847)582-7338 or rabel@lfschools.net

Why is the State Seal of Biliteracy valuable?

Benefits of this recognition include, but are not limited to:

  •     Distinguishing one's resume and college application
  •     Sharing one's proficiency level for scholarship & career opportunities
  •     Earning college credit; Illinois law requires state schools to award credit
  •     evaluating one's proficiency level in order to set advanced language goals