Seal of Biliteracy

Our nation is made up of immigrants from all over the world. We believe all students have a lot to gain from talking to and learning from students with perspectives different from their own for success in a globally-connected economy. We view our various backgrounds as one of our biggest assets, and together, we can create a shared future.

Our students speak more than 140 different languages and we proudly serve immigrant and refugee students in our six Newcomer Centers throughout our district. In DPS, we celebrate diversity and provide necessary resources and supports to eliminate barriers to success and foster a more equitable future for all our students. We commit to building a culture that embraces the unique identity and potential of every child.

Outside entrance of Denver Montessori Junior and Senior High School

ELA Services

We have specialized, intentional instruction to build and develop your skills across subject areas to propel your learning.

Every student’s primary language is an asset that, combined with English language skills, leads to success in school and life. English Language Acquisition (ELA) services help students with limited proficiency in English develop knowledge in core content areas while they learn English. There are different types of ELA services available at DPS schools, and school staff is available to help parents understand which of these services will be best suited to the unique needs of their child. By supporting each learner’s individual needs in meeting rigorous graduation requirements, DPS will close historic opportunity gaps.

Learn more about different types of ELA services here. 

Seal of Biliteracy

Increasingly, colleges and employers are seeking graduates who are able to speak, read and write in multiple languages. We launched the DPS Seal of Biliteracy to encourage students to maintain their heritage languages while learning English, as well as to encourage English-speaking students to learn additional languages. We have aligned our bilingual programs to the requirements of the Seal in order to increase the number of students who graduate fully bilingual.

The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by DPS in recognition of students who have attained reading and writing proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. The seal appears on the transcript and diploma of the graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions.

The seal is for all students who demonstrate mastery in multiple languages using the approved criteria, not just English learners or Spanish speakers.

Manual High School students walk down school hallway between classes

Hundreds of DPS Students Earn Seal of Biliteracy

Tripling the number of last year’s recipients, more than 400 DPS students graduated from high school with a demonstrated proficiency in English and at least one other language.

Read about our 2018 graduates' Seal of Biliteracy accomplishments »