New York State Seal of Biliteracy

An official seal from New York State. Gold on the outer rim, blue inside showing the state of New York sealThe Pine Bush Central School District is participating in the New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) program. In the 2018-2019 school year, the first in which Pine Bush was part of this program, 12 students earned the seal.

Why biliteracy?

The intent of the New York State Seal of Biliteracy is to:

  • encourage the study of languages;
  • identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers;
  • provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission;
  • prepare students with 21st century skills;
  • recognize the value of foreign and native language instruction in schools;
  • affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society.

The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes students who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English. The Seal of Biliteracy will be awarded to students who meet the criteria established by the Board of Regents.


How to earn the Seal of Biliteracy

Each candidate for the Seal of Biliteracy must complete an application, meet New York State assessment requirements and complete a summative project that will be reviewed by the school’s NYSSB Committee. 


Need more information?

For more information about the Seal of Biliteracy and how students may qualify, contact Eleanor Dana, World Language Department chairperson, Kelly Cooke, English Language Arts Department chairperson or Ann Armand, ENL teacher.

Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Tim O. Mains
Superintendent of Schools
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