Seal of Biliteracy

Lemont High School students have the opportunity to be recognized by the State of Illinois for earning proficiency in English and one additional language. Recognition through the Illinois State Board of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy program includes both an official seal on diplomas and official recognition on transcripts for those students who qualify.

Two honors are available: the Seal of Biliteracy and the Commendation Toward Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to those whose proficiency level is equivalent to the Intermediate High scale set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The Commendation of Biliteracy is awarded to students whose proficiency level is rated at Intermediate Low or Intermediate Mid in a second language.

Seal of Biliteracy Requirements

To qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy, seniors must:

  • Earn a minimum composite score of 21 on an official administration of the ACT, OR
  • Earn a minimum score of 540 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing portion of an official administration of the SAT, OR
  • Earn a minimum overall composite score of 4.8 on the ACCESS for ELLs exam, AND
  • Earn a 4 or 5 in the Advanced Placement language exam, OR
  • Earn a minimum score of I-5 on all components of ACTFL’s Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam, or a minimum of Intermediate High on all components of AVANT's STAMP exam.

Commendation Toward Biliteracy Requirements

To qualify for the Commendation Toward Biliteracy, seniors must:

  • Earn a minimum composite score of 21 on an official administration of the ACT, OR
  • Earn a minimum score of 540 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing portion of an official administration of the SAT, OR
  • Earn a minimum overall composite score of 4.8 on the ACCESS for ELLs exam, AND
  • Earn a score of 3 on the Advanced Placement language exam, OR
  • Earn a minimum score of I-1, I-2, I-3 or I-4 on the ACTFL’s Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam, or a minimum score of Intermediate Low or Intermediate Mid on all components of AVANT's STAMP exam.

All Lemont High School juniors are administered the SAT at no cost. Additionally, the AAPPL exam is administered at no cost to students in French, German and Spanish. There is an additional cost for students to take the AP, ACT or STAMP exams, and for students who wish to take the AAPPL exam to show proficiency in a language other than French, German or Spanish.

For more information, contact Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Tina Malak at (630) 243-3236, or via e-mail by clicking on her name.