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     The Brewster Central School District has participated in the New York State Seal of Biliteracy program for the past five years.  The badges above were earned every school year from 2016-2021.  In addition, the District received a Gold Badge to celebrate our five-year milestone!


  • New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB)

     

    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.

    How does the NYSSB benefit students and schools?

    The NYSSB acknowledges the importance of being bilingual in today’s global society. It highlights the hard work and achievement of students, encourages them to maintain their home language, and pursue additional language study while in school. The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes part of the high school transcript and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admission. All NYSSB earners will receive an official seal affixed to their diploma, a medallion to wear at graduation, and may also receive a certificate from the New York State Education Department. The NYSSB promotes and strengthens robust English and World Language programs. In addition, the NYSSB positively contributes to the school's “College, Career, and Civic Readiness (CCCR)” score in the same way as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and the Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.

    Where can I find more information on the NYSSB?

    For more information on the District's NYSSB program, talk to the school counselors, world language teachers, or ENL/ESL teachers.  Additional information can also be found on the NYSSB website or by contacting the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages via email (nyssb@nysed.gov) or phone (518-473-7505)