Michigan Merit Curriculum
High School Graduation Requirements
See Course Catalog for all graduation and credit requirements
Effective for Class of 2011
To prepare Michigan’s students with the knowledge and skills needed for the jobs in the 21stCentury, the State of Michigan has enacted a rigorous new set of statewide graduation requirements that are among the best in the nation. With these new graduation requirements, students will be well-prepared for future success in college and the workplace.
The Michigan Merit Curriculum requires students entering 8th grade in 2006, to obtain a minimum of 16 credits for graduation, which could be met using alternative instructional delivery methods such as alternative course work, humanities course sequences, career and technology courses, industrial technology or vocational education courses, or through a combination of these programs. In addition, students entering the 3rd grade in 2006 (Class of 2016) will need to complete two credits of a language other than English in grades 9-12; OR an equivalent learning experience in grades K-12 prior to graduation.
State Endorsed Diploma Requirements
MATHEMATICS - 4 Credits
Algebra I Geometry
Algebra II ONLINE LEARNING
One math course in final year of high school
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS - 4 Credits
English Language Arts 9 English Language Arts 11
English Language Arts 10 English Language Arts 12
SCIENCE - 3 Credits
Biology + One additional science credit
Physics or Chemistry
SOCIAL STUDIES - 3 Credits
.5 credit in Civics .5 credit in Economics
U.S. History and Geography & World History and Geography
PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH - 1 Credit
VISUAL, PERFORMING AND APPLIED ARTS - 1 Credit
ONLINE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
Course, Learning or Integrated Learning Experience
LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH - 2 Credits
In grades 9-12; OR an equivalent learning experience in grades K-12 effective for students entering third grade in 2006 (Class 2016)
Required Number of Credits for Graduation: 26
Certificate of Completion Requirements
***Class of 2011 will have the opportunity to graduate with a “Certificate of Completion” if they do not fulfill the MMC requirements.
English 3 credits (6 semesters)
Science 2 credits (4 semesters)
Math 3 credits (6 semesters)
Physical Education 1 credit (2 semesters)
*Class of 2008 and later must complete 1 credit (2 semesters) of Healthy Living.
Social Studies 2 credits (4 semesters)
Electives 6 credits (12 semesters)
Students on the Certificate path to graduation are working on functional academics versus the diploma MME requirements. They often get opportunities to improve functional independent living skills such as Goodwill job training, Co-Op, JACC involvement and other skills-based activities through community resource agencies.
We currently offer a Resource Room Social Science class for these students to meet the social studies and science credit requirements (1 semester of each per year) which covers basic functional academic concepts in biology, physics, globals, US history and government/economics.
Given the above information, students reach graduation with 2 science and 2 social studies credits instead of the currently required 3 in each. If left unchanged, the courses chosen to meet credit requirements may not allow for continued support for Math and English skills.
The specific English and Science courses listed may not be appropriate for some of the students working toward a certificate. Resource level courses sufficiently meet individual student’s needs, using the core academic documented curriculum(s) as a guide. Resource courses currently available in English, Math, Pre-Algebra, Social Science and Study Skills. Other general education courses are special education supported to assist students progress in the general MME curriculum.