In the last year, Port Chester High School redesigned the way students achieved the Seal of Biliteracy so that all students have the opportunity to actively pursue this prestigious award. Port Chester is a diverse, multilingual community – 84% of students are Hispanic, 31% are ELLs and 68% come from Spanish-speaking households. Port Chester began awarding the Seal of Biliteracy in 2018. During the first three years, students received the seal by earning three points in a world language and English through exams and coursework.
Last year, a team of stakeholders including world language teachers, English teachers, ENL teachers, counselors and administrators came together with Director of ELL and Bilingual Programs Valerie Lakestream to revise the process, ensuring that students actively pursued the Seal of Biliteracy and had the opportunity to present in front of a panel. Students pursued the seal in Spanish and Italian, sharing research that they conducted within their advanced courses. Ultimately, 82 students received the award and proudly displayed their medal at graduation.
This year, the program has continued to expand, with students now pursuing the Seal of Biliteracy in Italian, Portuguese and/or Spanish. This year, we have over 60 students pursuing the seal. Last week, students once again presented their research on a variety of topics, including immigration, women’s rights, different systems of education and the arts.
“It is a true reflection of the diversity of the community and a great source of Port Chester pride,” Lakestream said.
Date Added: 4/20/2023