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Bilingual Program

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 and demonstrate that their biliteracy and bilingualism is not only conversational, but extends to academic mastery.

Requirements:

  • Complete core content courses in both English and Spanish 
  • Complete content courses in Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies in both languages
  • Complete a level IV or above Spanish course  
  • Complete the APS district reading, writing, and oral interview assessments that demonstrate their proficiency level in both English and Spanish
  • Obtain letters of recommendation from four to six teachers
  • Achieve 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.

Sincerely,

Juan Aragón
Bilingual Seal Coordinator

Classes & Categories

Below are the classes and categories needed for the Bilingual Seal. Click each category view each category list.

Please note:

  • Content classes may vary depending on the language
  • Electives don't count toward the Bilingual Seal unless they are content classes
  • Students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

Must have 1 of the following classes:

  • Spanish 4
  • Spanish 5 AP Literature
  • Spanish 5 AP Language

Please note:

  • Any class below Spanish 4 will not count as a requirement for the Bilingual Seal.
  • All classes may not be offered at West Mesa HS. Check with the Bilingual Coordinator (Mr. Juan Aragon) each year to review your coursework.

Must have all 4 or combination to total 4 classes:

  • English 9, 10, 11, 12
  • ESL 1, 2, 3, 4

May include another English Class that will substitute for English Credit:

  • Film Criticism
  • Mexican American Literature II

May vary; need at least 4 classes.

Social Studies

  • NM History-Health
  • World History
  • US History
  • Economics-Government
  • Psychology

Mathematics

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus
  • Statistics

Science

  • Geology-Astronomy
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Environmental Science

May vary; need at least 4 classes.

Social Studies

  • NM History-Health
  • World History
  • US History
  • Economics-Government
  • Psychology

Mathematics

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus
  • Statistics

Science

  • Geology-Astronomy
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Environmental Science