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HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MICHIGAN

Effective for Students Entering 8th Grade in 2006 (Class of 2011)

To prepare Michiganís 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.

Michigan Merit Curriculum High School Graduation Requirements

MATHEMATICS - 4 Credits - Algebra I Geometry  Algebra II

Michigan Merit Curriculum High School Graduation Requirements
MATHEMATICS - 4 Credits
Algebra I - Geometry  - Algebra II - One math course in final year of high school

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS - 4 Credits

English Language Arts 9 - English Language Arts 10 - English Language Arts 11 -
English Language Arts 12

SCIENCE - 3 Credits
Biology - Physics or Chemistry - One additional science credit
 
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)
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Indiana General High School Diploma

Beginning with students who enter high school in 2007-2008, the completion of Core 40 becomes an Indiana graduation requirement. Indianaís Core 40 curriculum provides the academic foundation all students need to succeed in college and the workforce.


To graduate with less than Core 40, the following formal opt-out process must be completed:
The student, the studentís parent/guardian, and the studentís counselor (or another staff member who assists students in course selection) meet to discuss the studentís progress.  The studentís career and course plan is reviewed. The studentís parent/guardian determines whether the student will achieve greater educational benefits by completing the general curriculum or the Core 40 curriculum. If the decision is made to opt-out of Core 40, the student is required to complete the course and credit requirements for a general diploma and the career/academic sequence the student will pursue is determined. 

Course and Credit Requirements

English/Language Arts 8 credits

Credits must include literature, composition and speech

Mathematics 4 credits

2 credits: Algebra I or Integrated Mathematics I  2 credits: any math course

Science 4 credits

2 credits: Biology I  2 credits: any science course

Social Studies 4 credits

2 credits: U.S. History  1 credit: U.S. Government  1 credit: any social studies course

Physical Education 2 credits


Health and Wellness 1 credit


Career Academic Sequence* 6 credits


Flex Credit 5 credits

To earn 5 Flex Credits a student must complete one of the following:  
ē Additional courses to extend the career academic sequence  
ē Courses involving workplace learning, which may include the following courses:  
o Career exploration internship  
o Professional career internship  
o Business cooperative experiences  
o Cooperative family and consumer sciences  
o Industrial cooperative education  
o Interdisciplinary cooperative education  
o Marketing field experience  
ē High school/college dual credit courses  
ē Additional courses in:  
o Language Arts  
o Social Studies  
o Mathematics Science  
o World Languages
o Fine Arts  


40 Total State Credits Required