• The Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy

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    The Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy, in partnership with the World Languages Department and Office of Multilingual and Multicultural Education, is an opportunity brought to Massachusetts as part of the LOOK Act, awarded to high school graduates who attain a high level of proficiency in English and another language. It helps students recognize the value of their academic success and see the tangible benefits of being bilingual. The MA State Seal of Biliteracy takes the form of a seal that appears on the transcript or diploma of the graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions.


  • "The Seal of Biliteracy gives a unique opportunity for language students, heritage speakers and signers to connect more deeply with their language to build cultural and personal pride and achievement."


    The MA State Seal of Biliteracy in Boston Public Schools

    The purposes of the MA State Seal of Biliteracy are to:

    • Encourage students to study and master languages;

    • Certify attainment of biliteracy skills;

    • Recognize the value of language diversity;

    • Provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills;

    • Provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for the attainment of high-level skills in languages;

    • Prepare students with skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society; and

    • Honor the multiple cultures and languages in a community.

    All Grade 12 students in Boston Public Schools are able to pursue the MA State Seal of Biliteracy at no cost. To learn how to begin the process, please visit the Obtaining Seal of Biliteracy page.  


    The MA State Seal of Biliteracy in Boston Public Schools is a joint initiative between the Department of World Languages and the Office of Multilingual/Multicultural Education. Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance in obtaining the MA State Seal of Biliteracy: