Isabella Zaballa is the first Baldwin County School District student to earn the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) Seal of Biliteracy. The seal recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. The Georgia Seal of Biliteracy not only encourages the study of foreign languages in public schools but demonstrates the importance of intercultural competencies as reflective of a pathway towards progress within the community as well as outside of it.
In order to qualify for the Georgia Seal of Biliteracy, a high school graduate shall meet the following criteria: (1) Completion of all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above in those classes; and (2) Proficiency in one or more languages other than English, demonstrated by passing a foreign language advanced placement examination with a score of 4 or higher or an international baccalaureate examination with a score of 5 or higher; provided, however, that for languages in which an advanced placement examination is not available, the Department of Education may provide a listing of equivalent summative examinations that local school systems may use in place of such an advanced placement examination.
Congratulations to Isabella Zaballa for being the first student to take this extraordinary step!