As a diverse melting-pot of staff and students, the Cobb County School District doesn’t only prepare students for success in the local metro-Atlanta area or the state of Georgia. Thanks to programs, like the Campbell High School’s International Baccalaureate magnet program and North Cobb High School’s International Studies magnet program, Cobb Schools are preparing students for success on the world stage.
In May, hundreds of Cobb graduates earned a Georgia Department of Education World Language Seal. Georgia’s Seal of Biliteracy was awarded to 252 students including almost 100 from Campbell High School. The Biliteracy seal honors 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.
Campbell students also topped the list of International Skills Diploma seal recipients at 62 for a total of 157 world language seals—the most of any school in Cobb and one of the highest in the state. The International seal goes to graduating high school students who complete an international education curriculum and engage in extracurricular activities and experiences that foster the achievement of global competencies.
North Cobb High School students graduated with the second highest number of world language seals for a total of 71. Walton High School was close behind with a total of 62 students graduating with the Seal of Biliteracy.
Cobb students earned the most world language seals—266 to be exact—for their proficiency in Spanish. After Spanish, Cobb students are most proficient in French. Eighty-four Cobb students earned a world language diploma seal for their knowledge of French.
Some of Cobb’s French programs recently made headlines. In May, Campbell High School French teacher Dr. Svetoslava Dimova was knighted by the Consul General of France for her service to French education. During Spring 2019, McEachern High School hosted a group of French exchange students who helped strengthen the French language skills of the McEachern student hosts.
In addition to Spanish and French, more than a dozen Cobb students also earned seals in Chinese and Latin. A handful of students earned a World Language Seal in German or Japanese. However, some students didn’t stop at one language. Fourteen students earned World Language seals in two languages, which means they graduated with proficiency in three languages counting English.
Before school let out for the summer, Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods recognized several Cobb school staff members for their work promoting world languages.
Russell Elementary School’s Lily Motolenich was honored as a World Language Educator of the Month, and Fair Oaks Elementary School’s Rosalie Wichterman and Pebblebrook High School School’s Allen Newsome were recognized as 2019 Exemplary ESOL Teachers. Pebblebrook High School’s Mariely Estrella was congratulated for being a 2019 Exemplary English Learner.
Preparing Cobb students to graduate with a world language seal doesn’t start in high school.
Last year, Georgia Foundation for Public Education awarded a $2,000 grant to Norton Park Elementary School to help grow the school’s Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program. One day, those students may walk the stage at their high school graduation with their own World Language Seal.
To learn more about Cobb’s World Language programs, visit here.