Fri., June 8, 2012, San Jose Calif.—More than nearly two dozen sixth graders at Sherman Oaks (Dual Immersion) Community Charter School were the first in Santa Clara County to receive the elementary school Biliteracy Award. The awards were presented at the school’s sixth-grade promotion.
The Biliteracy Award is a “pathway award” toward the Seal of Biliteracy on the High School diploma. The State of California has instituted a Seal of Biliteracy to be awarded to graduating seniors who demonstrate proficiency—speaking, reading and writing—in two or more languages.
There are two pathway awards leading up to the Seal of Biliteracy: one at the conclusion of elementary school and the other at the conclusion of middle school or Jr. High. The Santa Clara County Office of Education offers the Biliteracy Award to those students who meet the criteria.
The criteria to qualify for the award are rigorous. Sherman Oaks has 24 students who met the initial eligibility criteria. Then, students need to successfully complete two out of four portfolio requirements. Sherman Oaks students did oral presentations in their target language (i.e. the non-dominant language) and wrote essays in both languages (English and Spanish). Those who successfully complete the requirements will be awarded a ribbon and certificate by the SCCOE and a plaque from Sherman Oaks at the promotion ceremony.
“We have many qualified and deserving students for this prestigious recognition and we are very proud of them,” said Principal Donna Tonry.
Sherman Oaks School, in Campbell Union School District, was the first fully operating charter school in Santa Clara County and one of a few Dual Immersion Spanish-English schools. It is one of 12 exceptional schools in Campbell Union School District, which serves 7,600 children from preschool to eighth grade in the communities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Saratoga.
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