Michigan Merit Curriculm

High School Requirements

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MDE - Career & College Ready

Career & college-ready students possess the skills necessary to earn a self-sustaining wage and participate in postsecondary opportunities without remediation.

This means that they:

  • Use technology and tools strategically in learning and communicating
  • Use argument and reasoning to do research, construct arguments, and critique the reasoning of others
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with a variety of audiences
  • Solve problems, construct explanations and design solutions

These characteristics of career & college-ready students are visible within the academic standards, including the arts and the CTE Career Ready Practices. Students that are career & college-ready are provided with opportunities throughout their K-12 education to use technology and tools; engage in argument, reasoning, and problem solving; and to communicate and collaborate.

For more information on Career & College Ready Michigan, contact the Curriculum and Instruction Unit.


380.1278b.amended Award of high school diploma; credit requirements; personal curriculum; annual report

THE REVISED SCHOOL CODE (EXCERPT) Act 451 of 1976 380.1278a Requirements for high school diploma. Sec. 1278a.

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Each course =.5 Credits

MICHIGAN MERIT CURRICULUM (MMC) High School Graduation Requirements

To prepare Michigan’s students with the knowledge and skills needed for the jobs in the 21st Century, 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.

Total of 18 credits

Michigan Merit Curriculum Changes – Effective April 2015 With the passing of House Bills 4465 and 4466 in June 2014, Graduation Requirements now include:

4 Credits : Mathematics

4 Credits : English Language Arts (no modifications)

3 Credits : Science (no modifications)

3 Credits : Social Science

1 Credit : Health and Physical Education

1 Credit : Visual, Performing or Applied Arts

2 Credits : World Languages

18 Credits Total Core Credits - MMC = Michigan Merit Curriculum

23 Credits Total Core and Swartz Creek = 5 Credits Electives

Personal Curriculum

Personal Curriculum: The Personal Curriculum (PC) is a process to modify specific credit requirements and/or content expectations based on the individual learning needs of a student.

PC is designed to serve students who want to accelerate, or go beyond, the MMC requirements and for students who need to individualize learning requirements to meet MMC expectations.

The complete PC guide can be found at http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-6530_30334_49879---,00.html

Flexible Learning Options

The MDE is now calling all programs outside of the traditional model - Flexible Learning Options.

Below , please find link to the PDF that explains in further detail.

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Characteristics of Career and College Ready Students

Please click for Characteristics of Career and College Ready Students

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