Michigan Merit Curriculum

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.
As a result, a high school diploma in Michigan will soon say a lot more about the graduate whose name it bears. It will tell employers that our students have mastered the reading, writing, and math skills required for success in the workplace. It will tell college and university admissions officers and career and technical schools the student is ready for the rigors of post-secondary education. It will tell the world — Michigan is committed to having the best-educated workforce.

The Michigan Merit Curriculum defines a common set of required credits for graduation and provides educators with a common understanding of what student’s should know and be able to do for credit. It also provides students the learning opportunity, knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college or the workforce.

Read more about MMC.

Graduation Requirements 2011-2016

Students graduating in June 2011-15: 27 credits

  • 4 English
  • 4 Math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and one other)
  • 3 Social studies (.5 civics, .5 Economics, US History and geography, World History and Geography)
  • 3 Science (Biology, Chemistry OR Physics, and 1 additional credit)
  • 1 PE/Health
  • 1 Visual/Performing/Applied Arts
  • Online learning experience-either a course or online learning experience incorporated into EACH of the REQUIRED CREDITS

Students graduating in June 2016-: 27 credits plus additional requirements

  • 4 English
  • 4 Math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and one other)
  • 3 Social Studies (.5 civics, .5 economics, US history and geography, World History and geography and 1 additional credit)
  • 3 Science (Biology, Chemistry OR Physics, and 1 additional credit)
  • 1 PE/Health
  • 1 Visual/Performing/Applied Arts
  • 2 World Languages credits
  • Online learning experience- either a course or online experience incorporated into EACH of the REQUIRED CREDITS

Special Education Students:
The Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) shall identify appropriate supports, accommodations, and /or modifications necessary to allow the pupil to progress in the mandated curricular requirements to meet the requirements for a high school diploma. The appropriate course or course of study may be discussed at the IEP but it will not be specifically written into the IEP itself.

Personal Curriculum Information:
See additional Personal Curriculum Information under the Personal Curriculum Tab of the BAS Special Education Website.