Glendale Unified Bilingual Competency Award

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    All Glendale Unified students are elligible to receive a Glendale Unified Bilingual Competency Award commendation, which includes a Certificate of Competency, a silver or gold medallion, and a seal on their diploma. Students may receive a Bilingual Competency Award in more than one langauge.

     

    Bilingual Competency Awards

     

    • Silver Medallion - for students who demonstrate competency in English and one other language

    • Gold Medallion - for students who demonstrate competency in English and two or more other languages

    • Acrylic Award - for students who achieve the highest score aboove 90% on the Bilingual Competency Exam in each languge at each school.

     

    Additionally, qualifying students may receive a California State "Seal of Biliteracy" designation on their official transcript.

     

    Application Process

     

    Students wishing to receive a Bilingual Competency Award must submit an application form during the spring semester of their graduation year. In order to receive a Bilingual Competency Award, students must demonstrate language competency in one or more foreign languages, successfully complete all high school graduation requirements in English, and achieve an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

     

    Students can demonstrate language competency and receive a Bilingual Competency Award by completing any one of the following:

     

    • Obtain a passing score (75/100) on the GUSD Bilingual Competency Exam. The exam is conducted in Arabic, Armenian, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Tagalog, and takes place in the spring of each school year.

    • Obtain a score of 600 or above on a language SAT II Subject Test for any foreign language tested by the SAT process. SAT II Subject Tests are available for Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, and Spanish. 

    • Obtain a score of “3” or better on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam for any foreign language tested by the AP process. AP exams are available for French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.

    • Successfully complete a District-approved four-year course of study in the same foreign language. Student transcripts and the approval of the foreign language teacher are used to determine eligibility before graduation.

    • Achieve a passing score on a foreign government's approved language exam and receive a diploma or certificate of competency from the authorizing governmental agency.