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Bilingual Seal

Description of the APS Bilingual Seal Recognition

To whom it may concern;

It is with great honor to explain what it means for a student to earn an Albuquerque Public School District Bilingual Recognition Seal on their diploma.  In a world with growing concern about and dedication to diversity and global awareness, it is important that Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) provide educational experiences, which prepare students for a global perspective, as well as opportunities to use their bilingualism, biliteracy skills, and cultural understanding.  Student with these abilities are assets to their educational and professional communities.   

 A student who has an Albuquerque Public School District Bilingual Recognition Seal on his/her diploma went above and beyond the graduation requirements by completing core content courses in both English and Spanish.  This student’s biliteracy and bilingualism is not only conversational, but she/he completed content courses in Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies in both languages, which demonstrates academic mastery. In addition, this student was required to successfully complete a level IV or above Spanish course.   

Finally, this student successfully completed the APS district reading, writing, and oral interview assessments that demonstrated his/her proficiency level in both English and Spanish.  In order to receive the bilingual seal, this student obtained letters of recommendation from four to six teachers and achieved at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.  The rigor involved in receiving a bilingual seal demonstrates this student’s dedication for learning.  This student will be an asset to your educational or professional community.


Juan Aragón
Bilingual Seal Coordinator