Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy in the

Dudley-Charlton Regional School District

What is the Seal of Biliteracy?

From the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

The State Seal of Biliteracy is an award provided by state approved districts that recognizes high school graduates who attain high functional and academic levels of proficiency in English and a world language in recognition of having studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.

Our vision is to help students recognize the value of their academic success and see the tangible benefits of being bilingual.

The 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.

When did the program start in DCRSD?

The Dudley-Charlton Regional School District was approved to start the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy Program in the 2019-2020 school year, and our first group of students to receive a Seal of Biliteracy were from the Class of 2020. Since then, we have worked to grow the program and educate more students on the benefits of achieving high-level proficiency in two or more languages.

How can DCRSD students earn a Seal of Biliteracy?

Students who are studying a second language at the middle schools or Shepherd Hill and students who are native speakers of a language other than English can qualify for the program.

For more information on testing and qualifications, please see the Eligibility page.

For current and projected registration dates, please see the Registration page.