Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Biliteracy Distinction Comes to Hoboken High School for Dual Language Learners
New Jersey became the 15th state to implement a legislated statewide Seal of Biliteracy on January 19, 2016. The New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy is an accolade that certifies mastery of two languages. Students in grades 11 or 12 may sit for an assessment in order to achieve the Seal of Biliteracy by demonstrating high levels of proficiency in speaking, reading, listening and writing in two or more languages. This accolade positively impacts students’ futures creating a competitive edge at both the collegiate and work force levels. Hoboken High School applied to become a member of this prestigious pilot program in November 2017. The New Jersey Department of Education approved Hoboken High School’s application for participation. As a result, Hoboken High School has modified its Program of Studies by expanding World Language offerings and opening individualized pathways for students exhibiting exemplary command of more than one language. At this time, there are only five high schools in Hudson County participating in this innovate pilot. According to Principal, Robin Piccapietra, “I am keenly aware that there are a number of dual language learners at or preparing to attend Hoboken High School. We are equipped to meet the individual needs these students and to assist those who aspire to obtain dual language proficiency as well.” This distinction reflects Hoboken High School’s commitment to expanding unique learning opportunities and supports the district’s commitment to global learning.
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