FCUSD students honored for learning multiple languages
Students from Cordova High, Folsom High, and Vista del Lago High schools - 187 in total - were among the 1,600 in Sacramento County honored earlier this month for achieving high levels of proficiency in both English and at least one other language.
Folsom High hosted the annual State Seal of Biliteracy Recognition Ceremony on April 18, where students, parents, school staff and community leaders highlighted the importance of being able to speak in more than one language in an increasingly diverse and rapidly evolving world.
The seal is awarded to seniors who have demonstrated English competency, as well as competency in another language by meeting specific criteria.
In order to earn the seal, students must demonstrate English competency by scoring proficient on an English Language Arts assessment and excel in high school English classes required for high school graduation. In addition, students demonstrate competency in another language by taking four years of a world language or passing a language test such as the Advanced Placement exam.
In addition to English, this year's Seal of Biliteracy recipients in Sacramento County are proficient in 23 other languages, including: American Sign Language, Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Several students earned Seals in multiple languages.