Seal of Biliteracy

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) is available to Riverhead High School students that demonstrate proficiency in English and another language.  Information about this opportunity will be shared with students through their World Language classes.

What is the NYSSB?

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) is an award given to high school graduates who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in English and one or more world languages. The NYSSB encourages the study of languages, affirms the value of diversity in a multilingual society, and provides universities and future employers with additional information about applicants.

Who is eligible to pursue the NYSSB?

Any student attending a district that offers the NYSSB who is proficient in and/or studying English and at least one world language is eligible to pursue this award. This includes students who speak a language other than English at home as well as those who are completing a course of study in a world language through high school.

What do students need to do to earn the NYSSB?

There are multiple pathways to earn the NYSSB. Whichever pathway is chosen, students must demonstrate the required level of proficiency by earning three (3) points in English and three (3) points in one or more world languages from a points matrix. Students can earn points toward the NYSSB in a number of ways, including earning an 85% or better in English or world language coursework, achieving a set score on national tests (such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other exams), and completing and presenting a Culminating Project in English and/or a world language.

Where can you find more information about earning the NYSSB?

Please contact:

Maria Casamassa, Director of Humanities

Phone Number: 631-591-5984

Additional information is available through New York State Department of Education: