Seal of Biliteracy

logo_StateSealofBiliteracy_color_transpMarist High School, through the Illinois State Board of Education, is pleased to have established the State Seal of Biliteracy Program to recognize graduating seniors who demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in English and one of the three world languages offered at the school.  Those students who earn the Seal of Biliteracy will have the official State of Illinois Seal placed on both their diploma and transcript, and will be eligible to earn guaranteed college credit at all Illinois public universities and community colleges.

To earn the Seal, a student must show a high proficiency in the English language by scoring an 18 on the ACT English College Readiness Benchmark; a 480 on the SAT English/Language section of the test; or a 5 on the College Board AP English Language and Composition Exam.

In conjunction with a qualifying score in English, the World Language student must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in either French, Italian, or Spanish.  Qualifying students must receive an Intermediate-High (I-5) on the ACTFL Assessment of Performance Toward Proficiency (AAPPL), or a 4 on the College Board Advancement Placement French or Spanish Language Test.

If you have any questions about the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy, contact Mrs. Janlyn Auld, Curriculum Coordinator for the World Language Department or at (773) 881-7388.



*Sample of Credit Issued for Illinois Seal of Biliteracy. 


Semester Credit Issued


U of I Champaign-Urbana

8 hours

Applies to first 2 years of language.

Southern Illinois University

Foreign Language Credit. Hours not specified

Applies to Colleges that require Foreign Language.

University of Illinois at Chicago

4 hours


Illinois State University

4 hours


Northern Illinois University

12 hours

9 Credits for Commendation

Western Illinois University

12 hours


Moraine Valley Comm. Coll.

Up to 8 hours


City Colleges of Chicago

4 hours