Michigan Merit Curriculum High School Graduation Requirements

Introduction

The Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) is crafted around the philosophical belief that all students will need postsecondary learning opportunities beyond high school. It is not a curriculum in the traditional sense in that it doesn’t describe instructional materials and approaches. Instead it specifies that all students who earn a diploma, at a minimum, have demonstrated proficiency with the content outlined by the state academic standards or guidelines. Since districts are responsible for awarding diplomas so too are they responsible for providing all students the opportunity to learn the content outlined by the standards. As the learning skills for college and the workplace have merged, the MMC, if properly implemented, will prepare students with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in our global economy and workplace. It supports the need for personalization, acceleration, and innovation in an atmosphere of high expectations and high support for students.

High School Graduation Requirements – 18 Credits

English Language Arts (ELA) – 4 Credits

Proficiency in State Content Standards for ELA (4 credits)

Mathematics – 4 Credits

  • Proficiency in State Content Standards for Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Proficiency in district approved 4th mathematics credit options (1 credit)

(Student must have a math experience in their final year of high school.)

Online Learning Experience

Course, Learning or Integrated Learning Experience

Physical Education & Health – 1 Credit

Proficiency in State Content Standards for Physical Education and Health (1 credit); Or

Proficiency with State Content Standards for Health (1/2 credit) and district approved extra-curricular activities involving physical activities (1/2 credit)

Science – 3 Credits

Proficiency in State Content Standards for Science (3 credits); Or beginning with the class of 2015:

  • Proficiency in some State Content Standards for Science (2 credits) and
  • Completion of a department approved formal career and technical education program (1 credit)

Social Studies – 3 Credits

Proficiency in State Content Standards for Social Studies (3 credits)

Visual, Performing and Applied Arts – 1 Credit

Proficiency in State Content Standards for Visual, Performing and Applied Arts (1 credit)

World Languages – 2 Credits

(Effective beginning with students graduating in 2016)

Formal coursework OR an equivalent learning experience in grades K-12 (2 credits); Or

  • Formal coursework or an equivalent learning experience in grades (1 credit) and
  • completion of a department approved formal career and technical education program or an additional visual, performing and applied arts credit (1 credit)

Due to the complexity of the law, policies and guidance will continue to evolve. For specific information regarding the law, please refer to MCL § 380.1278a and MCL § 380.1278b.