Graduation Requirements

Diploma Requirement

Total # of Credits

Alternate Options with a Personal Curriculum

Alternative Option with a Personal Curriculum

Mathematics

4 credits:

-1 cr Algebra
-1 cr Geometry
-1 cr Algebra II
-Flexibility in 4th credit
-At least one Final Year of HS (Final two years with a PC)

List of Mathematics courses could be substituted including Financial Literacy.
Algebra II can be taken over two years for two credits; or 1 years for 1 credits.

Algebra II can be substituted with a State approved formal CTE Program* provided that a student successfully completes the same content as Algebra II benchmarks assessed on State Assessment in that program.

Completes same content as Algebra II in two years.

Personal Curriculum can be used for the student to attain at least 3 credits in Mathematics including Algebra, Geometry, and one experience
during the final two years of High School. Modifications can also be made in the Algebra II requirement as stated in MCL 380.1278b:
- Completes 1 semester of Algebra II (as determined by MDE, over 2 years OR in formal CTE Program*).
- Completes 1 semester of Statistics, Functions and Data Analysis
- Completes Technical Math (District defined).

English
Language Arts

4 credits

 

Cannot be modified by a Personal Curriculum except for students with an IEP.

Science

3 credits:
-1 cr Biology
-1 cr Chemistry,
Physics, Anatomy
or Ag Science
-1 additional credit

-Chemistry or Physics may be substituted with a course that covers the same content as the Chemistry or Physics benchmarks assessed on State Assessment in that course.
-The 1 additional credit may be an MDE-approved
Computer Science or formal State approved CTE Program* (regardless of the CTE program content).

Cannot be modified by a Personal Curriculum
except for students with an IEP.

Social Studies

3 credits:
-1 cr US History and Geography
-1 cr World History and Geography
-1/2 cr Economics
1/2 cr Civics


Personal Curriculum can be used to modify the requirements if the student has:
a) Completed 2 cr including Civics AND
b) The modification requires the student to
complete 1 additional cr in ELA, Math, Science,
Language other than English, OR a
department-approved formal CTE Program.

Health and Physical Education

1/2 cr Health
1/2 cr Physical Education

1/2 cr in Physical Education is allowed for participation in extracurricular athletics or related physical activity -œ note this is already allowed under MCL 380.1502.

Personal Curriculum can be used to modify the
requirements if the student completes 1 additional cr in ELA, Math, Science, Language other than English, OR a department-approved formal CTE Program* AND still meets the requirement of MCL 380.1502.

Visual, Performing and Applied Arts

-At least 1 cr

-A school district or PSA is "strongly encouraged" to offer Visual, Performing and Applied Arts courses.

Personal Curriculum can be used to modify the
requirements if the student completes 1 additional cr
in ELA, Math, Science, Language other than English, OR a department-approved formal CTEProgram.*

World Language

-At least 2 cr in Grades K-12
-Course content must be grade appropriate (not HS equivalent).

For 2015-16 through 2019-20:
-1 cr may be substituted with a State approved formal CTE Program/
Curriculum* OR
-1 cr may be substituted with additional Visual, Performing and Applied Arts instruction.
Board is "œstrongly encouraged" to provide at least 1 cr in Language other than English in Grades K-6.

 

Online Course or Learning Experience

-At least 1 course or online learning experience as MDE approved, OR
-An integrated online experience.

 

 

Changed Requirements include:

  • If a Personal Curriculum is requested, the school district/PSA shall develop a Personal Curriculum. An in-person meeting is not required. However, the
    parent and school official must still agree on the implementation of a Personal Curriculum. Quarterly follow-ups are no longer required.
  • School districts or PSAs shall not discourage pupils seeking and receiving a Personal Curriculum modification.
  • A school district and PSA annually shall notify pupils and parents of the Michigan Merit Curriculum and Personal Curriculum modifications; such notice can be provided in a newsletter, student handbook or similar communication that is sent to pupil'œs home.
  • During the process of developing a student'œs Education Development Plan (EDP), school districts and PSAs shall advise students of the curricular requirements and how those requirements can be fulfilled in CTE programs.

*A formal CTE Program is defined in the Michigan Administrative Code. According to R 395.241, Rule 11, a "œDepartment-approved formal CTE
program or curriculum" consists of:
a) A coherent sequence of courses so that students gain academic, technical, and work behavior skills.
b) Instruction that includes classroom, laboratory, work based learning, and leadership opportunities.
c) Instruction that is supervised, directed, or coordinated by an appropriately certificated career and technical education teacher.
d) Consists of standards approved by the state board (R395.243, Rule 13)
e) Must receive approval from MDE/OCTE through an application process (R 395.244, Rule 14)
According to R 395.243, Rule 13, "Successful Completion" means:
a) Complete coursework covering all state program standards
b) Take any required technical assessment
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