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UCS Graduation Requirements

Subject Area

Description

Personal Curriculum

Grades 10 – 12

Modifications

English Language Arts
4 credits

Aligned with subject area content expectations developed by the Department and approved by the State
Board of Education

  • English 9 or Honors English 9
  • English 10 or Honors English 10
  • English 11 or AP English Language & Composition
  • English 12 or AP English Literature & Composition
  • EL English Level 1, 2, 3, or 4

No Option for Personal Curriculum

 

 

 

 

 

AP Seminar may replace the English 11 or English 12 requirement if AP Seminar is taught by an English Certified teacher.

 

 

Mathematics

4 credits

 

UCS Math Pathways Document

 

Aligned with subject area content expectations developed by the Department and approved by the State
Board of Education.

 

•Algebra I
•Geometry
•Algebra II
•One additional math or math-related credit in the final year of high school

Personal Curriculum Math Options (see below)

 

Note: Must align with Educational Development Plan

 

 

 

No Modification

Science

3 credits

 

Aligned with subject area content expectations developed by the Department and approved by the State
Board of Education.

 

•Biology
•Chemistry or Physics
•1 additional Science credit

 

No Option for Personal Curriculum

 

 

 

 

 

No Modification

Social Studies
3 credits

 

Aligned with subject area content expectations developed by the Department and approved by the State
Board of Education.

 

•.5 Civics
•.5 Economics
•U.S. History and Geography
•World History and Geography

All students:

Complete 2 credits in social studies, including civics.

 

Personal Curriculum Options:

One additional credit in English Language arts, mathematics, science or in a language other than English

OR

Complete a formal Career Technical Education program (see Note V.)

 

Note: Must align with Educational Development Plan

 

 

 

 

 

No Modification

   

Health and Physical Education

1 credit

Aligned with subject area content expectations developed by the Department and approved by the State
Board of Education.

Personal Curriculum Options:

One additional credit in English Language arts, mathematics, science or in a language other than English

OR

Complete a formal Career Technical Education program (see Note V.)

 

Note: Must align with Educational Development Plan

Physical Education credit may be awarded through a flex option for students who participate in district approved extracurricular athletics or other district approved extracurricular physical activity

Visual, Performing, Applied Arts, CTE
1 credit

Aligned with subject area content expectations developed by the Department and approved by the State
Board of Education.


One credit must be in the area of Visual, Performing or Applied Arts

Personal Curriculum Options:

One additional credit in English Language arts, mathematics, science or in a language other than English

OR

Complete a formal Career Technical Education program (see Note V.)

 

Note: Must align with Educational Development Plan

 

 

 

 

No Modification

Online Learning Experience

Online course or learning experience OR Online experience is incorporated into each of the required credits

No Option for Personal Curriculum

 

No Modification

 

World Languages

2 credits

 

UCS World Language Pathways

 

 

Aligned with subject area content expectations developed by the Department and approved by the State
Board of Education.

 

Students must complete two credits in grades K – 12 that are grade appropriate in a language other than English or course work or other learning experiences that are substantially equivalent to 2 credits.

No Option for Personal Curriculum

 

 

 

Students may fulfill 1.0 credit with a formal Career Technical Education program or curriculum (see Note V.)

OR

Visual, Performing and Applied Arts course, plus four additional elective credits

Michigan
Merit Exam

Students must participate

 

Defined by the State of Michigan applicable to Special Education students

 

 

Available Endorsements

 

 

 

UCS Seal of Global Language

 

Multi UCS Seal of Global Language proficiency pathways exist.

Click here for qualifying information

STEM Endorsement

  • 6 math credits
  • 6 science credits
  • 0.5 technology activities credits
  • 0.5 engineering activities credits

 

AP Capstone Diploma

Score of 3 or higher on the following exams:

  • AP Seminar Exam
  • AP Research Exam
  • 4 additional AP Exams

NOTES:
I. To meet minimum graduation requirements, a total of 22 high school credits must be earned one-half credit is granted for each semester course.

II. Special Education students: The Individualized Education Plan (IEP) shall identify the appropriate course or courses of study and identify the supports, curricular requirements, or in a Personal Curriculum, and meet the requirements for a high school diploma.

III. Each student is expected to successfully achieve a full high school program each year.

IV. It is the responsibility of students to meet with school staff to ensure course work meets the basic requirements of the college and/or career of their choice.

V. A personal curriculum may be requested after completion of grade 9.

VI. Career Technical Education program or curriculum consists of the following requirements:

  • A coherent sequence of courses so that students gain academic, technical, and work behavior skills.
  • Instruction that includes classroom, laboratory, work-based learning, and leadership opportunities
  • Instruction that is supervised, directed, or coordinated by an appropriately certificated CTE teacher.
  • Consists of standards approved by the State Board.
  • Received approval from MDE/OCTE through an application process.
  • Successful completion is defined as completed coursework covering all program standards, and/or take any required technical assessment.

VII. If a pupil successfully completes 1 or more of the high school credits required before entering high school, the pupil shall be given high school credit for that credit.

  • For the class of 2022 and beyond:
    • Students who complete any of the 3 required math courses prior to grades 9 – 12 must still earn 3 math credits in grades 9 – 12 and must successfully complete 1 credit in a math course or in a math related course during their senior year.  More information can be obtained from your child’s school counselor.
  • For the class of 2023 thru 2027:
    • Students who received credit (CR) for a high school course taken in grade 7 and/or grade 8, may choose to keep the CR or change the CR to the earned letter grade and the grade will count towards the GPA and class ranking determination. This request will need to be submitted to the building principal by the start of the 2022-2023 school year.
    • A parent or guardian must submit the UCS CR Removal to Letter Grade Form to the building principal to have the CR changed to the earned letter grade.
  • Beginning with the class of 2028:
    • Students taking a high school course prior to grade 9 will earn a letter grade for the course according to the UCS grading policy for high school students.  The high school course will be placed on the high school transcript and the grade will count towards the GPA and class ranking determination.  
    • Any student taking a high school course prior to grade 9 can have the course removed from their transcript and may retake the course if the following criteria is met.  A parent or guardian must submit the UCS Credit Removed Request Form to the building principal prior to the first day of the student starting grade 9, requesting the course to be removed from the student’s high school transcript and for the student to retake the course. 

VIII. In accordance with MCL 380.1278b each student shall be provided the following opportunities:

  • Develop an Educational Development Plan (EDP) during grade 7 and shall have his or her EDP reviewed by school personnel during grades 8 – 12.
  • Develop a Talent Portfolio.  A talent portfolio shall be developed and revised throughout the implementation of a pupil’s EDP.
  • Develop and use a resume and talent portfolio.  In addition, know how to request and use a letter of reference and school record. 

 

Personal Curriculum Math Options

A student earns Algebra II credit when he or she has demonstrated proficiency in the required content expectations for Algebra II.  Students may take Algebra II over 1.5 years for 1.5 credits without requesting a Personal Curriculum.

A change of Algebra II with a PC requires students to complete a minimum of two-an-a-half (2.5) math credits including Algebra I, Geometry, and on-half (0.5) credit of Algebra II, statistics, or functions and data analysis, or the equivalent of these credit requirements in an integrated math or other program, such as Career and Technical Education (CTE).  Once this requirement has been met, a student must earn a minimum of one (1) additional math or math-related credit.


1 Credit

1 Credit

1 Credit

1 Credit

Total Credits

Traditional Model (High School Expectations = 4 Credits)

Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) without PC

Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry

(no required sequence)

Math or math-related credit

4


MMC without PC

allowing Algebra II to be taken over 1.5 years for 1.5 credits

Algebra I, and Geometry

(no required sequence)

Algebra II

Math or math related credit

4


PC Request

with successful completion of 2.5 credits


Algebra I, and Geometry

(no required sequence)

0.5 credit Algebra II


Math or math related credit

3.5


PC Request

with successful completion of 2.5 credits


Algebra I, and Geometry

(no required sequence)

0.5 credit Probability and Statistics


Math or math related credit

3.5


PC Request

with successful completion of 2.5 credits


Algebra I, and Geometry

(no required sequence)

Marketing II 0.5 credit will count toward Probability and Statistics

Math or math related credit

3.5