New York State Seals
New York State Seal of BiliteracyThe NYSSB recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in English and one or more world languages. The NYSSB intends to encourage the study of languages, to identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers, to provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission and placement, to prepare students with twenty-first-century skills, to recognize the value of language instruction, and to affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society. Successful candidates will earn three points in English and three points in each world language from a points matrix, which includes course grades, national and state exams, transcripts, and culminating projects. The NYSSB takes the form of a Seal on the student's diploma and a medallion worn at graduation. To learn more you can speak with your guidance counselor, or foreign language teacher or follow the link to the New York State Website.
New York State Seal of Civic ReadinessThe Seal of Civic Readiness is a formal recognition that a student has attained a high level of proficiency in terms of civic knowledge, civic skills, civic mindset, and civic experiences. The Seal of Civic Readiness distinction on a high school transcript and diploma:
- shows the student’s understanding of a commitment to participatory government; civic responsibility and civic values;
- demonstrates to universities, colleges, and future employers that the student has completed an action project in civics or social justice; and
- recognizes the value of civic engagement and scholarship.
- To learn more about the seal you can speak with your guidance counselor or, social studies teacher or follow the link to the New York State Website.
New York State Career and Technical Education (CTE) Endorsement
A Career and Technical Education (CTE) Endorsement recognizes a student who has successfully completed coursework in a NYSED approved CTE program. Obtaining a Technical Endorsement informs potential employers, colleges, or military services that you have completed a course in which you received technical training and knowledge to transition into an entry level position in a targeted industry. Patchogue-Medford High School offers students eight CTE programs which are available to students in the 11th grade. All programs require students to complete the entire sequence of the courses to be eligible for the CTE endorsement.
The technical endorsement may be awarded to students who complete the requirements for any diploma type (local, Regents, or Regents with advanced designation) and also complete a NYSED-Approved Secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) program that includes:
- passing a minimum of 3.5 CTE credits
- passing each part of a 3-part technical assessment (written, demonstration, project components).