The Board of Directors of the Waukee Community Schools Foundation has approved a grant for foreign language and English language learners at Waukee High School and Waukee Northwest High School. Waukee students now have the opportunity to test for a seal of bilingual or multilingual status. The goal of earning the seal is to certify attainment of biliteracy, which provides colleges and employers a method of identifying people with language biliteracy skills. Our Foundation approved funding for 20 students to take the exam during the 2021-22 school year.

“Providing this opportunity will hopefully encourage Waukee students in their studies of language and global knowledge,” said Adrianne Towe, Waukee Community Schools Foundation Executive Director.  “Waukee students come from many different countries and backgrounds and speak more than 50 languages and dialects. We believe this grant is right in line with our priority outcome area of sense of belonging by recognizing the value of language diversity.”

Waukee High School and Northwest High School students who are interested in participating in the Seal of Biliteracy must indicate interest by Monday January 31. Students may participate at any point in their sophomore through senior year. If interested, please visit the district’s web page to learn more.