Michigan Merit Curriculum

    High School Graduation Requirements

    See Course Catalog for all graduation and credit requirements

     Effective for Class of 2011

    To prepare Michigan’s students with the knowledge and skills needed for the jobs in the 21stCentury, 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.


    State Endorsed Diploma Requirements


     MATHEMATICS - 4 Credits

    Algebra I          Geometry

    Algebra II         ONLINE LEARNING

    One math course in final year of high school



    English Language Arts 9     English Language Arts 11

    English Language Arts 10   English Language Arts 12


    SCIENCE - 3 Credits

    Biology  +  One additional science credit

    Physics or Chemistry


    SOCIAL STUDIES - 3 Credits

    .5 credit in Civics      .5 credit in Economics

    U.S. History and Geography  &  World History and Geography




    Course, Learning or Integrated Learning Experience


    In grades 9-12; OR an equivalent learning experience in grades K-12 effective for students entering third grade in 2006 (Class 2016)


    **Additional “local” graduation requirements:
    • Complete (with reasonable effort) all section of the Michigan Merit Exam.
    • Successful completion of Senior Transitions course.
    • On-Line learning experience—through technology course or embedded in MMC required courses.

    Required Number of Credits for Graduation: 26

    Certificate of Completion Requirements


    ***Class of 2011 will have the opportunity to graduate with a “Certificate of Completion” if they do not fulfill the MMC requirements. 


    English                                    3 credits (6 semesters)

    Science                         2 credits (4 semesters)

    Math                                          3 credits (6 semesters)

    Physical Education           1 credit (2 semesters)

    *Class of 2008 and later must complete 1 credit (2 semesters) of Healthy Living.


    Social Studies                 2 credits (4 semesters)

    Electives                             6 credits (12 semesters)


    Students on the Certificate path to graduation are working on functional academics versus the diploma MME requirements. They often get opportunities to improve functional independent living skills such as Goodwill job training, Co-Op, JACC involvement and other skills-based activities through community resource agencies.

    We currently offer a Resource Room Social Science class for these students to meet the social studies and science credit requirements (1 semester of each per year) which covers basic functional academic concepts in biology, physics, globals, US history and government/economics. 

    Given the above information, students reach graduation with 2 science and 2 social studies credits instead of the currently required 3 in each. If left unchanged, the courses chosen to meet credit requirements may not allow for continued support for Math and English skills.

    The specific English and Science courses listed may not be appropriate for some of the students working toward a certificate. Resource level courses sufficiently meet individual student’s needs, using the core academic documented curriculum(s) as a guide. Resource courses currently available in English, Math, Pre-Algebra, Social Science and Study Skills. Other general education courses are special education supported to assist students progress in the general MME curriculum.

    • All required courses/credits must be aligned with Course/Credit Content Expectations and Guidelines developed by Michigan Department of Education, may be acquired through Career and Technical Education programs, and integrated courses.
    • In addition to the local requirements, students must meet the requirements as set forth by the Michigan Department of Education to secure a state approved or state endorsed diploma. Students must meet the requirements of the High Stakes Proficiency Tests given annually to meet this requirement.
    • A student must take all required classes for graduation within the curriculum of the Springport High School. Correspondence credit, summer school credit, or community education credit will not be accepted without prior approval of the principal or guidance counselor. ANY REQUIRED CLASS FAILED MUST BE MADE UP IN A BONA FIDE CLASSROOM PROGRAM. Community education and summer school are examples of bona fide classroom programs. Correspondence work does not fulfill this requirement.
    • A maximum of one elective credit will be accepted toward the graduation requirement through successful completion of correspondence work.
    • The physical education requirement may be waived if there is an annual submission of a doctor’s request for such. One year of band, one year of choir, or successful completion of one sport will be allowed as a substitute for one semester of physical education. Students may have an annual submission of a doctor's request, one year of band or successful completion of one sport substituted for one semester of physical education.
    • To be eligible to receive a Springport High School diploma and to participate in commencement exercises, a student must be enrolled at Springport High School for at least one semester. Additionally, the student must be enrolled on the 1st day of the second semester of the year of graduation.
    • To be eligible for special honors, a student must have attended Springport High School for at least one (1) full semester and have been in attendance during his/her seventh (7th) semester at Springport High School.