Foreign Language Proficiency Earns School Credits for RHS Students

Did you know that RHS students who successfully demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language in district-approved assessment tests can earn credits to meet the graduation requirement for World Language?  The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors approved Board Policy 2409 and procedure 2409P in February, which makes this possible.

Students will be able to earn up to four proficiency-based high school credits depending on the level of proficiency they demonstrate on world language assessments in the areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking.  In addition, students earning high assessment scores that meet a specific threshold will qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy to be placed on his/her high school diploma.

Student response has thus far exceeded district expectations.  In the short time since implementation in February, 18 students have already signed up for assessment testing—an impressive showing for its initial first year of being offered.

The assessments cover many different world languages.  However, the district will make every effort to provide assessments for any language requested.

Students interested in taking this assessment should contact Dani Taylor via email at or call 360-619-1318.  Testing will take place during the week of April 16, and there is a $30 assessment fee.   A lower fee is available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.


  1. ailsa crawford says

    I fail to understand this in full….I think. It is telling me not that RHS offers languages for students, but if they can acquire language skills elsewhere and pass the RHS exam in proficiency, they will get credit or somesuch for what they have done. Not for what RHS has done. Does RHS teach foreign languages?

    • Christen Palmer says

      Hi Alisa,
      Thanks for your question. We do offer World Language classes at RHS. This World Language Proficiency exam opportunity is available for students who speak, listen, read, and write in another language at home and want to earn credit for the language (other than English) they already know. All students still have an opportunity to access our World Language classes at RHS.
      Christen Palmer
      Principal – RHS

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