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Over twenty percent of SFUSD's 2017 graduates received Seal of Biliteracy

09/05/17

In our Graduate Profile, we commit to preparing our graduates for the 21st century, and one way we do so is by encouraging students to learn more than one language.

In the 2016-17 school year, 723 SFUSD graduates, over 20 percent, received a Seal of Biliteracy on their diploma, a 33 percent increase from the year before. The seal, jointly presented by SFUSD and the California Department of Education, is a recognition of the graduate’s high levels of language proficiency in English and another language.

Out of last year's recipients, 51 percent demonstrated proficiency in Mandarin, and 32 percent demonstrated proficiency in Spanish. Other languages represented by SFUSD seal recipients include French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Latin.

Thirty-one percent of all elementary school students in SFUSD are enrolled in a language pathway.

"Multiculturalism and multilingualism are assets we aim to develop and nurture in our students," said Superintendent Vincent Matthews, Ed.D. "We are committed to creating comprehensive pathways to biliteracy and ensuring that English Learners acquire high levels of English and home language proficiency, along with other skills that will help them succeed as 21st century global citizens."

Learn more about our language programs.