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Ballston Spa Students Earn New York State Seal of Biliteracy

Ballston Spa Students Earn New York State Seal of Biliteracy

Ballston Spa High School once again provided the opportunity for graduating seniors to earn the New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) with over 55 students qualifying in the Class of 2024.

The NY State Education Department established the NYSSB in 2012 to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English. Students need to meet certain grade requirements, complete a portfolio and present their culminating project at the Seal of Biliteracy Showcase to a panel of judges. 

The NYSSB is awarded by the Commissioner of Education to students who meet criteria established by the Board of Regents and who attend schools in districts that voluntarily agree to participate in the program.  Starting in 2016, the NYSSB is affixed to the high school diploma and transcript of graduating students attaining the NYSSB. 

“We are very happy for these students who are receiving this credential,” indicates Matthew Robinson, Principal, Ballston Spa High School. He continued, “We are very proud of their culminating project showcases that demonstrate the students’ strength in language.  This accreditation is a testament to the hard work of the students and the teachers through six years of language study that will serve them well in college, the work force, and beyond.” 

The State Education Department further notes that the intent of the NYSSB is to: affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society; 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 twenty-first century skills; and recognize the value of world and home language instruction in schools.  

The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes part of the high school transcript and diploma for qualifying students and is a statement of their accomplishment for future employers and college admission. Ballston Spa students will receive the seal on their diploma at graduation ceremonies on June 25, 2024 (4:00 PM) at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Additional information on the NYSSB is located on the New York State Seal of Biliteracy website at

More pictures of students earning their Seal of Biliteracy.