Personal Curriculum: A Tool for Modifying the Michigan Merit Curriculum

  • The State Board of Education introduced the new high school graduation requirements, called the Michigan Merit Curriculum, in December 2005. When the state legislature enacted the requirements as law in March 2006, they became the driving force behind high school reform in Michigan. In satisfying these requirements, graduates will meet and often surpass the most stringent entry requirements for all colleges and universities in the state, and will provide the academic and applied learning skills business and industry leaders expect in their workforce.

    The Michigan Department of Education website provides the most up-to-date information regarding the Michigan Merit High School Graduation Requirements.


    What is a Personal Curriculum?

    The personal curriculum (PC) provides a way to modify certain areas of the Michigan Merit Curriculum standard requirements. If all the requirements for a PC are met, then the board of the school district may award a high school diploma to a student who successfully completes his or her PC, even if it does not meet the requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum standard.

    The PC will be considered only after all other options have been attempted, and must meet stringent requirements for determining educational goals and evaluating student progress. 

    Additional information and PC requirements:


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