High School Credit for Learning Tamil in Alpharetta Tamil School
Alpharetta Tamil School is an approved school accredited with Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC). Students studying Tamil at ATS can earn one (1) full high school academic credit in both Fulton and Forsyth counties in the State of Georgia.
By earning one credit, the student would fulfill part of his/her graduation requirement for the high school. The student has the option to skip one year of world language study at high school, if he/she wants to do other elective courses instead. However, it is recommended to continue taking offered world languages (Spanish, Latin etc.) for 3 years at student’s HS.
Colleges require 2-4 years of World language learning in high school. All private universities recommend 4 years of World language learning. In addition, having multiple languages in transcript helps the student in their college admission as Tamil can be considered as a rigor course.
Requirement to earn a High School Credit:
The student needs to study 4 years, at ATS, continuously from 5th grade to 8th grade. It is a must to have the final score added to student’s transcript from those 4 years. No grade skipping is allowed. ATS issues a transcript in a sealed envelope when the student gets graduated after 8th grade highlighting ALL four years of his/her marks. To earn HS credit for Tamil, the student should earn a minimum of C-grade (above 70 marks) in all 4 years.
How a student can earn a credit at a county high school:
What is the difference between High School credit and Seal of Biliteracy:
Seal of Biliteracy is different from earning HS credit for Tamil. Earning HS credit does not mean earning Seal of Biliteracy, they are mutually exclusive. HS credit will be issued, upon graduating from ATS, by respective Fulton County and Forsyth County school systems. Added World language credit in transcript will be counted towards graduation requirements and in GPA (in Fulton County).
On the other hand, Seal of Biliteracy will be issued by the State of Georgia Department of Education (DOE). To earn Seal of Biliteracy, students would have to take a separate Avant STAMP WS, Tamil proficiency test. Successful students will receive the Golden Seal of Biliteracy in their HS Diploma. ATS students after graduation may enroll in Seal of Biliteracy prep classes and take the Avant STAMP WS proficiency test to earn the Seal. (Refer ATS – Seal of Biliteracy for more information).
Please contact Mr. Anbarasan Vincent (Anbu), ATS Counselor for High School Credit and Seal of Biliteracy at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.