As of May 2021, Arlington Central School District was named one of 60 schools in New York State that was selected to be a “pilot school” for Seal of Civic Readiness by the New York State Education Department. The Seal was designed to recognize students who have demonstrated the ability to make a positive difference in the public life of our communities through the combination of civic knowledge, skills and actions, mindsets, and experiences. The Seal of Civic Readiness is a seal of distinction awarded by the New York State Education Department that students can earn for their high school transcript and diploma, serving as a statement of accomplishment for the students, their families, future employers and college admissions. The Seal of Civic Readiness can also be used as a 4+1 pathway to meet New York State diploma requirements.
Students can earn the required six points for the Seal of Civic Readiness in a variety of ways starting as early as middle school. Students can earn points for passing and/or achieving mastery on social studies Regents exams, taking social studies Advanced Placement courses, and completing Seal of Civic Readiness projects that are part of their required social studies classes. Students can also earn points by submitting a required reflection assignment after successful completion of certain elective courses, extracurricular activities, or work experiences that encourage civic mindsets and actions. Students who successfully complete and present a High School Capstone Project, either as part of the Civic Engagement and Leadership class offered at Arlington High School, or on their own under faculty advisement, can automatically earn the Seal of Civic Readiness upon graduation.
For more information about the Seal of Civic Readiness please check out the sections entitled "Seal of Civic Readiness" on the Arlington High School Social Studies Department webpage or email Ms. Kathleen Bellino, Arlington High School Social Studies Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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Seal of Civic Readiness Criteria
This chart indicates how students can earn points towards the Seal of Civic Readiness. Students need to earn 6 points total with 2 points from the "Criteria for Demonstrating Proficiency in Civic Knowledge" column as well as the "Criteria for Demonstrating Civic Participation" column.
Please note: Students who have earned a waiver for a Regents exam due to COVID earn 1 point for the exam.
ACSD Seal of Civic Readiness Helpful Links
NYSED Seal of Civic Readiness Information
Click here to access the NYSED page for the Seal of Civic Readiness.