Michigan Merit High School Graduation Requirements FAQ
On April 20, 2006, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed into law one of the most comprehensive sets of high school graduation requirements in the nation called the Michigan Merit Curriculum. This law is a result of an extraordinary partnership between Governor Granholm, the State Board of Education, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Legislature, and numerous education associations who worked together to better prepare students for greater success and to secure the economic future of our state.
Michigan Merit Curriculum
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.
The new law also requires students to have an online course or learning experience. For a student to meet this requirement, the student must meet either of the following, as determined by the school district or public school academy: 1) Has successfully completed at least 1 course or learning experience that is presented online, as defined by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE); and 2) The student’s school district or public school academy has integrated an online experience throughout the high school curriculum by ensuring that each teacher of each course that provides the required credits of the Michigan merit curriculum has integrated an online experience into the course.
In addition, students entering the 3rd grade in 2006 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. High School Content Expectations and Course/Credit Content Expectations and Guidelines are available on the Michigan Department of Education's high school web page at www.michigan.gov/highschool.
Michigan Merit High School Graduation Requirements
Frequently Asked Questions
- Michigan Merit Curriculum Overview & Background Information (Updated 09/2007)
- Non-Public and Home School Requirements (Updated 09/2007)
- Earning Credit (Updated 10/2007)
- Testing Out (Updated 10/2007)
- Assessment (Updated 10/2007)
- Highly Qualified Teacher and Personnel (Updated 09/2007)
- Special Education (Updated 10/2007)
- Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate (Updated 09/2007)
- Career and Technical Education (Updated 09/2007)
- Sample CTE Student Schedules (Now included in CTE document)
- Effect on High School Scheduling (Now included in CTE document)
- Alternative & Adult Education (Updated 09/2007)
- Personal Curriculum
Course/Credit Content Expectations and Guidelines
- English Language Arts (Updated 10/2007)
- Mathematics (Updated 11/2007)
- Science (Updated 09/2007)
- Social Studies (Updated 11/2007)
- Visual, Performing and Applied Arts (Updated 09/2007)
- Physical Education and Health (Updated 10/07)
- Online Course or Learning Experience (Updated 09/2007)
- Languages Other Than English