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September 2021

Choice Check: Bilingual Seal

Albuquerque Public Schools students can earn a bilingual seal on their high school diploma by completing a dual-language program. APS has several dual-language schools where students speak and learn in both English and Spanish.

Dual Language Programs

In recognition of the importance of bilingualism and biliteracy, the bilingual seal pathway provides students with an opportunity to acquire a district seal and a State of New Mexico Bilingualism and Biliteracy Seal in Spanish, Native American languages (Navajo and Zuni), and other foreign languages (French, German and Chinese). High school students must take at least 8 core credits in another language and complete a portfolio. 

The Bilingual seal, which is also affixed to the student's transcript, signifies proficiency and skills in two languages. The achievement is sure to benefit students in college, career, and life.

Elementary and middle school students also can earn a bilingual seal by taking half of their academic content in English, the other half in Spanish, and completing a portfolio. The student-driven program recognizes bilingualism, exemplary work, and collaboration.

More Information

  • Dual language and heritage language programs: Contact Language and Cultural Equity at (505) 881-9429 or email LCESupport@aps.edu.
  • Specific school bilingual program information: Contact your child's school.

Coronado Dual Language Magnet Elementary School

Coronado Dual Language Magnet Elementary School emphasizes service learning and project-based learning with a two-way immersion program. The dual-language curriculum uses an 80/20 model, which means that students starting in kindergarten will receive 80 percent of their instruction in Spanish. As they progress through the grades, the percentage will increase. By fifth grade, students will receive 50/50 instruction in both languages.

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Coronado Dual Language Magnet Elementary School
(505) 843-8283

Longfellow Dual Language Magnet Elementary School

Longfellow Dual Language Magnet Elementary School is a dual-language (50-50) school with a strong focus on the Fine Arts. The school has full-time art and music teachers and a school-wide drama program.  

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Longfellow Dual Language Magnet Elementary School
(505) 764-2024

Hayes Dual Language Magnet Middle School

Hayes Dual Language Magnet Middle School combines science, technology, engineering, and Math with real-world problem solving and teamwork. The school also boasts a dual language program where students speak and learn in both English and Spanish.

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Hayes Dual Language Magnet Middle School
(505) 265-7741