The fundamental purpose of the DeKalb County Schools World Languages Program is to heighten students’ interest in studying world languages and to provide equitable access to instruction and enrichment opportunities that enable students to learn and practice the skills necessary to achieve proficiency in their target languages. Our vision is to develop curious and culturally aware citizens of the global community who exhibit a passion for diverse linguistic and cultural experiences, a sensitivity to the language acquisition process, and an appreciation for the importance of world language proficiency in a global society.


The mission of the DeKalb County Schools World Languages Program is to produce graduates who achieve academic mastery of receptive and expressive language skills and who demonstrate advanced proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English as they progress through elementary, middle, and high school. We aim to increase the number of DeKalb County Schools graduates who ultimately earn the Georgia Seal of Biliteracy, and who gain a competitive edge in the 21st-century workforce by achieving a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in their target languages. In an increasingly global economy, language proficiency and cross-cultural competence are necessary for students to succeed professionally across a variety of career fields. As such, the DeKalb County Schools World Languages program is committed to preparing students to be fully engaged citizens of the global community by providing robust language education that fosters students’ appreciation for cultural diversity and international consciousness.

World Languages Department

Middle School

Get a Head Start by Earning One Carnegie Unit for High School Credit! Please contact your child’s school to learn more about requirements for earning this Carnegie Unit through the WL program! While the course to earn this credit is a rigorous high school language course, it prepares students for higher level language coursework at the high school level and ultimately for Georgia’s Seal of Biliteracy.

High School

The purpose of the Georgia Seal of Biliteracy is to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.

It also provides that:
  • the student meets the requirements of biliteracy and bilingualism;
  • employers have a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills;
  • universities are able to recognize and give academic credit to applicants seeking admission.

Qualifying for the Georgia Seal of Biliteracy

  • Complete all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade average of 3.0 or above in those classes;
  • Proficiency in one or more languages other than English, demonstrated by passing a world language advanced placement exam with a score of 4 or higher; an international baccalaureate examination with a score of 5 or higher; or other test approved by the Georgia Department of Education;
  • The student will receive the Seal of Biliteracy at graduation. If a student takes the AP exam in the spring of the year of their graduation, students will receive their Seal of Biliteracy in the mail the following fall.
  • Students need to take the AP exam or IB SL or HL language B exam if it is available at the school. (Tier 1)
  • Students who wish to take an exam in a language that is not listed on the chart should notify his/her teacher. The teacher will contact the Coordinator of World Languages for guidance and approval.

Seal of Biliteracy Approved Tests/Agencies

Test Name Testing Organization Minimum Qualifying Score
Tier 1 AP Language Exams College Board 4
SL or HL Language B Exam International Baccalaureate 5
Tier 2 OPI or OPIc and WPT Language Testing International Intermediate High
When Tier 1 tests are not available at the school for the tested language
STAMP Test Avant-STAMP 4S Assessments 6
AvantWorldspeak Avant Intermediate High
ALTA Speaking/Writing Tests ALTA Language Testing 1+
ACTFL-(AAPPL) Language Testing International Intermediate High
ACTFL-(ALIRA) Latin Language Testing International Intermediate 4
DELE- Spanish Cervantes Institute B1
SIELE-Spanish Language Sevicio International de Evaluación de la Lengua Española B1
DSD German German Educational Ministers Office DSD Level 1
DELF- French International Center for French Studies Level B1
Youth Chinese Test (YCT) Haban Level 3
HSK-Chinese Haban Level 3
SLPI-ASL National Technical Institute for the Deaf Intermediate Plus
TOPIK-Korean National Institute International Education (NIIED) 4
Ellinomatheia exam Greek CGL (Center for the Greek Language Level B1

Dual Language Immersion Programs

DCSD offers Dual Language Immersion Programs at the following schools:

School Language
Ashford Park Elementary School German
Barack H. Obama Magnet School of Technology Spanish
Evansdale Elementary School French
Pleasantdale Elementary School Spanish
Rockbridge Elementary School French

Additionally, DLI opportunities continue at the following schools:

School Language
Chamblee MS German
Henderson MS French
Stone Mountain MS French

Please contact the individual school for more information.