Biliteracy Awards 
Beginning in the 2011-12 school-year, Torrance Unified School District implemented the “TUSD Pathway to Biliteracy” and the “TUSD Seal of Biliteracy” awards. 
These awards recognize students who have demonstrated language proficiency English and in a world language.
TUSD Pathway to Biliteracy
5th and 8th Grade Students 

The “TUSD Pathway to Biliteracy” will be awarded to 5th and 8th grade students. They must demonstrate proficiency in English and another language, including American Sign Language. This award is given at the end of the school year in the form of a trophy and a certificate.


Californians Together developed the concept of a Seal of Biliteracy in 2008 and worked throughout the state to help school sites, districts and others adopt and implement the Seal of Biliteracy. Over 197 school districts are currently granting the awards, and increasing numbers of state and national professional organizations and other entities have endorsed the Seal (from californianstogether.org).

The creation of the Seal of Biliteracy was motivated by a number of purposes including:
  • To encourage students to study world languages
  • To certify the attainment of biliteracy skills- for employers, and for colleges
  • To communicate the value of language diversity
  • To prepare students with 21st Century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society
  • To strengthen intergroup relationships and honor the multiple cultures and languages in a community.
Since 2012, Torrance Unified School District has joined the celebration of recognizing and honoring multi-literacy skill of our students by promoting the The Seal of Biliteracy and the Pathway Awards.

In​ ​2016-2017​ ​school​ ​year,​ ​TUSD​ ​awarded​ ​over​ ​300​ ​State​ ​Biliteracy​ ​Seal​ ​to​ ​the​ ​graduating  seniors.​ ​Over​ ​70​ ​5th​ ​and​ ​8th​ ​grade​ ​students​ ​have​ ​been​ ​awarded​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Pathway​ ​Awards.

Please contact your school office for application details.
State Seal of Biliteracy
12th Grade Students
Updated for 19-20 School Year

Students​ ​who​ ​are​ ​qualified​ ​will​ ​get​ ​the​ ​State​ ​Seal​ ​on​ ​their​ ​diploma​ ​and​ ​it​ ​will​ ​be​ ​noted​ ​on​ ​the transcript.​ ​Recipients​ ​will​ ​also​ ​be​ ​awarded​ ​with​ ​medallions​ ​to​ ​be​ ​recognized​ ​in​ ​the​ ​month​ ​of graduation​ ​(school​ ​sites​ ​vary​ ​in​ ​ways​ ​they​ ​recognize​ ​the​ ​award).​ ​Please​ ​contact​ ​your​ ​school office​ ​for​ ​application​ ​details.​ ​​Students​ ​should​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​that​ ​they​ ​are​ ​using​ ​the​ 2019-2020  application.