IHF   Graduation Requirements (Cf. IHEE, IHG)                                                                   IHF

The Board may adopt graduation requirements beyond the minimums set forth by the State Board of Education. In addition to the minimal graduation requirements set forth below for Western, Central, and Northern High Schools, students must have attended a total of eight semesters of school in grades 9 through 12 in an accredited institution or must be approved for accreditation via the Walled Lake Consolidated School Districtís process for credit acceptance. A student who wishes to be considered for early high school completion (less than eight semesters) must make application by September 30 of the school year in which the student intends to graduate. The application will request a waiver of the semesters of attendance requirement. This petition will be reviewed by the building principal and, upon the principal's recommendation, final approval may be granted by the deputy superintendent of schools.  All students graduating from the Walled Lake Consolidated School District must take the Michigan Department of Education State Assessment unless waived by the building principal. Waivers will be granted only for exceptional mitigating circumstances.

 

1)    Below are the minimum requirements to graduate from Walled Lake Consolidated School District.

2)    All students are encouraged to exceed this minimum.

2015 Graduation Requirements 

Department

Minimum Graduation Credits Needed for 2015

Explanation of Credits

English

4.0

4.0 credits of core English courses in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade

Social

Studies

3.0

1.0  credit of American History and Geography

1.0  credit of World History and Geography

  .5 credit of Civics

  .5 credit of Economics

Math

4.0

1.0  credit of Algebra

1.0  credit of Geometry

1.0  credit of Algebra 2

1.0 credit of core math or math-related courses 

At least one course must be taken in 12th grade

Science

3.0

1.0  credit of Biology

1.0  credit of Chemistry or Physics

1.0 credit of an additional science

Physical

Education

.5

 

.5 credit of Intro to Sport and Fitness

Health

.5

.5 credit of Health

Required

 Electives

1.0

 

1.0 credit of Visual, Performing and Applied Arts

World

 Language

None

 

MMC

Required

 Credits

16

Michigan Merit Curriculum Requirements

Additional Electives

6.0

Can be taken in any department

State Assessment

Required

All students graduating from the Walled Lake Consolidated School District must take the Michigan Department of Education required assessment.

On-line

Learning

Required

All students will complete at least one online course or an online learning experience.  

 

2016 and Beyond Graduation Requirements 

Department

Minimum Graduation Credits Needed for

2016 and After

Explanation of Credits

English

4.0

4.0 credits of core English courses in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade

Social

Studies

3.0

1.0  credit of American History and Geography

1.0  credit of World History and Geography

  .5 credit of Civics

  .5 credit of Economics

Math

4.0

1.0  credit of Algebra

1.0  credit of Geometry

1.0  credit of Algebra 2

1.0 credit of core math or math-related courses 

At least one course must be taken in 12th grade

Science

3.0

1.0  credit of Biology

1.0  credit of Chemistry, Physics, Agricultural Science, or Anatomy and Physiology

1.0 credit of an additional science, Computer Science, or Career Technical Education

Physical

Education

.5

 

.5 credit of Intro to Sport and Fitness

Health

.5

.5 credit of Health

Required

 Electives

1.0

 

1.0 credit of Visual, Performing and Applied Arts

World

 Language

2.0

2.0 credits of the same language in grades 8-12 or an equivalent learning experience in grades K-12.  One credit may be replaced with a career technical education program or visual, performing, and applied arts.

MMC

Required

 Credits

18

Michigan Merit Curriculum Requirements

Additional Electives

4.0

Can be taken in any department

State Assessment

Required

All students graduating from the Walled Lake Consolidated School District must take the Michigan Department of Education required assessment.

On-line

Learning

Required

All students will complete at least one online course or an online learning experience.  

 

Alternative Diploma

For students who are completing graduation requirements outside of a traditional high school by attending a non-traditional program within the county or state, the following alternative graduation requirements will be permitted:

 

         Students are exempt from 2.0 elective credits, and thus are required to complete 20 credits to graduate from Walled Lake Schools instead of 22 credits. 

         Students are still required to complete all 18 credits of the Michigan Merit Curriculum.

         Students will receive a Walled Lake Schools diploma and not a school specific diploma.

         Students will be permitted to participate in commencement exercises at their home high school.


 

 

Personal Curriculum

For students without disabilities, modification of credit requirements is limited to the specific set of options set forth in the law.  A personal curriculum (PC) modifies certain requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) which must be met for the awarding of a high school diploma in Michigan. The PC is intended to help make the MMC accessible to all students while maintaining the academic rigor required to uphold the integrity of the high school diploma.  In Walled Lake, a student is eligible for a PC when he/she meets eligibility requirements as specified in the PC forms.  A PC must be requested on an individual basis either by the parent, the student or a high school staff person.  The school will respond to all requests for a PC.  

 

For students with disabilities, a modification of credit requirements may be considered with a personal curriculum (PC).  A PC must be requested on an individual basis for a student with an IEP.  Prior to consideration of a PC for a student with disability, the IEP team must have implemented the reasonable accommodations available via the IEP process and district PC guidelines.

 

 

Adopted  7/1/93     

Revised:  10/5/95, 3/19/98, 3/4/99, 5/2/02, 1/9/03, 11/3/05, 4/6/06, 2/1/07, 12/4/08, 7/9/09, 10/7/10, 6/2/11, 10/6/11, 6/6/13, 1/8/15

 

 

  

Adult Education (CF. IDG)

Walled Lake Adult Education provides classes to prepare students for success on the GED examination.  Students can enroll in Mathematics or in Reading/Writing.  These courses do not grant credit but instead provide foundational information and opportunity to work on practice GED tests.  Students are permitted to participate in GED preparation classes for as long as they wish to do so.

 

 

(P 5501)   Adopted:  7/1/93 

Revised:  10/5/95, 2/2/06, 4/6/06, 9/7/06, 1/8/15

 

 

 

Special Education Certificate of Completion Requirements

The decision of whether a student is working toward a diploma or a Certificate of Completion (COC), should be made by the IEP team.  Students are encouraged to attempt to earn a diploma and, if unreasonable, then to convene an IEP to consider the COC.  Each student with a disability is treated as an individual and the following factors should be considered:

 

         The goals to prepare this student for post-secondary life.

 

         Whether the studentís abilities align with his/her goals

 

 

         Other academic/performance data (i.e., assessment Ė MME or MI-Access; studentís performance within the Michigan Merit Curriculum; studentís ability to meet course objectives with accommodations and/or a Personal Curriculum, and individualized goal setting, etc.)


 

 

The district course and grade requirements for the COC include courses in English, reading, math, science, and social studies with an emphasis on functional objectives and career exploration.  Students may earn credit for general education courses, elective courses, and/or special education-taught courses in the resource room or basic classroom settings.  Students may earn a ďGĒ grades and/or pass fail credit.  In addition, modifications to all curriculum areas may be necessary and is appropriate for students earning a COC.  If the student attends a full day of school and is scheduled for all credit hours, the student should earn a comparable number of credits required for a diploma (22 credit hours).  Ultimately the IEP team will develop the plan for the student earning a COC, including the determination of academic requirements and credits.

 

If the student has met the specified IEP requirements for the COC, the student may participate in the graduation ceremony.  The IEP team then determines the need for post-secondary special education programs and services to age 26.

(P 5502)

Adopted:  7/1/93 - Revised:  11/3/05, 2/2/06, 4/6/06, 9/7/06, 8/21/08, 10/7/10, 6/2/11, 10/6/11, 1/8/15