Missouri Seal of Biliteracy

Temporary revision to the Seal of Biliteracy requirements for seniors graduating spring 2020 

The Missouri Seal of Biliteracy (SoBL) and Distinguished Missouri Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to graduating high school students in districts with a DESE-approved program, who have demonstrated achievement in English, a Language Other Than English (LOTE) and sociocultural competence. All Missouri students studying any of the world’s languages are potential Seal candidates.

Getting Started

To begin, carefully review the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy: Implementation Guide to begin planning at the district level. Identify a district employee responsible for the program and work through the specific details of how students will earn the seal. Then, seek formal school board adoption of the Seal. There are many examples of school board resolutions listed at http://sealofbiliteracy.org/

Once formal school board adoption is obtained, submit the Seal of Biliteracy – Initial Application. If the application is determined to meet the minimum requirements set by DESE, you will be notified in writing of approval and will receive a digital copy of the Missouri SoBL.

A short introductory webinar is available here: http://desemo.adobeconnect.com/pjw8aga9gmux.

Eighty-four schools/districts have already gone through the process to make the Seal of Biliteracy available to their students. Thank you to the following schools/districts for recognizing the value of this great program.

Districts/Schools That Offer Seal Of Biliteracy
Affton SD Francis Howell SD Lutheran High School Of St. Charles County Smithton R-VI
Allen Village Charter Gateway Science Academy Of St. Louis Maplewood Richmond Heights SD Springfield R-XII
Aurora R-8 Guadalupe Centers Charter School Marshall SD St. Charles SD
Bayless SD Hallsville R-4 Mehlville R-9 St. Dominic High School
Belton SD Hannibal SD Mexico SD St. Joseph Christian School
Blue Springs R-IV Hazelwood SD Mid-Buchanan R-V St. Joseph SD
Branson R-IV Hickman Mills C-1 Neosho SD St. Louis Public SD
Brentwood SD Hollister R-IV Nerinx Hall High School St. Teresa's Academy
Camdenton R-III Independence SD Nixa SD Stockton R-1
Cape Girardeau 63 Jackson R2 North Kansas City 74 Summit Christian Academy
Carl Junction R1 Jefferson City SD Ozark R-VI Summit Preparatory School Of Southwest Missouri 
Carthage R-9 Joplin Schools Parkway SD Tenton R-IX
Centralia R-VI Kansas City SD Pattonville R-3 Valley Park SD
Chaminade College Prep School Kirkwood R-VII SD Poplar Bluff R-1 Visitation Academy
Christian Brothers College High School Knob Noster R-VIII Raymore-Peculiar SD Warren Co. R-III
Clayton SD Ladue SD Raytown C-2 Washington SD
Clearwater R1 Lamar R-I Republic R-III Waynesville R-VI
Columbia Independent School Lebanon R-3 Ritenour SD Webster Groves SD
Columbia Public Schools Lee's Summit R-7 Rockwood SD Wentzville SD
Diocese Of Kansas City - St. Joseph Liberty SD Sacred Heart School Wilard R-II
Fair Grove R-X Lindbergh SD Salem R-80 Windsor C-1
Ferguson-Florissant SD Logan-Rogersville R-VIII Sedalia 200 Wright City R-II
Fort Zumwalt SD      

Missouri Seal of Biliteracy Map


For questions, comments and assistance, please contact Cammy Goucher at 573-751-3926 or cammy.goucher@dese.mo.gov.



The Missouri Seal of Biliteracy is endorsed by a number of Missouri businesses and institutions of higher education. See the list below for endorsements and incentives for the Missouri SoBL. If you are interested in adding your endorsement, contact Cammy Goucher at 573-751-3926.