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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements
Total credits needed for graduation:  21 credits

Class of 2016 and beyond
  • English I, English II, English III, English IV (4 credits)
  • Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Math Elective Senior Year (4 credits)
  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics (3 credits- recommended track for college readiness)
    • 2nd and 3rd year science credit options exist 
  • U.S. History, World History, Government, Economics (3 credits)
  • Health .5 credit + Physical Wellness .5 credit
    • .5 Health credit is mandatory
    • PW .5 credit may be substituted by participation in fall season marching band or school sanctioned sport.
  • Visual, Performing & Applied Arts (1 credit)
  • World Language (2 credits)
    • 2nd credit options exist. 


Curricular Area


9th Grade


10th Grade


11th Grade


12th Grade

English  (4 credits)


English 1A/1B


English 2A/2B


English 3A/3B

AP/IB Options


English 4A/4B

AP/IB Options

Math (4 credits)


Algebra 1A/1B


Geometry A/B


Algebra 2A/2B


Senior Math

Science (3 credits)


Biology A/B


Chemistry A/B


Physics A/B 

Anatomy A/B


Physics A/B


Chemistry A/B

Anatomy A/B

Computer Science A/B

CTE Course


Social Studies (3 credits)


U.S. History A/B


World Hist.  A/B





Health & P.W. 

(1 credit)


Successful Living


 P.W. Course (can be completed in any year)





VPAA (1 credit)









World Language

(2 credits)


World Lang. 1 CR


World Lang. 1 CR


VPAA Courses

CTE Courses






*It is important to note that many options exist within most of these categories. Many core requirements can be substituted with Advanced Placement or IB courses. Course options will be available to meet the needs of the student's Educational Development Plan. 

*The chart above only outlines the 18 credits mandated by the Michigan Merit Curriculum. WOPS requirements are 21 credits. Many elective options exist to fulfill the three credits beyond the MMC. 

*Students must also complete all parts of the Michigan Merit Exam in order to be eligible for graduation per board policy. 

Note:  Be sure to review the NCAA curriculum requirements if you wish to play sports in college.  A link is provided to their requirements under the Graduation Requirements tab.  More information is available from the Athletic Director or your counselor, or go to www.eligibilitycenter.org.