8th grade Student/Parent Meeting
Bad Axe High School
Graduation Requirements
Class of 2016
Michigan Merit Curriculum
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4 credits English/Language Arts
4 credits Mathematics
- Algebra I (may get credit in 8th grade)
- Geometry
- Algebra II
- 1 additional Math or math-related credit
Must have Math or math-related credit in
Senior Year
Michigan Merit Curriculum
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3 credits Science
Biology
Chemistry or Physics
1 additional Science credit (can be Earth Science taken in 8th grade if
pass the exam with 70%
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3 credits Social Studies (3 required by Bad Axe)
½ Civics (Government)
½ Economics
US History and Geography
World History and Geography
Michigan Merit Curriculum
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1 credit – Health (½) and Physical Education(½)
1 credit – Visual, Performing, Applied Arts
2 credits – World Languages
On line learning experience (incorporated in
BEST or computer class
Bad Axe High School Requirements
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English
4 credits
Mathematics
4 credits
Science
3 credits
Social Studies
3 credits
World Languages
2 credits
PE and Health
1 credit
Visual, Performing, or Industrial Arts
1 credit
Technology
1 credit
Electives
5 credits
English Sequence
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English I (ninth grade)
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English II (tenth grade)
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American Literature
English III (eleventh grade)
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Genre
Thematic
Thematic
Intensive Grammar Study
English IV (twelfth grade)
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College Preparation
Advanced Placement
Honors English
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Focused on writing and analysis
Focused on rhetorical techniques
More reading, writing, and discussion
Expected to have a solid grammatical base
To be successful in high school
English
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Read all types of prose and poetry
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Fiction
Non-fiction
Point out words that may be unfamiliar and discuss
Read with your student – if they see you read, they
know it is important
Check Skyward
Check the website (www.badaxeps.org) for work –
especially vocabulary and grammar work
Bad Axe High School Requirements
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Mathematics
- Algebra I (state requirement)
credit may be obtained in the 8th grade by
passing class including tests
- Geometry (state requirement)
- Algebra II (state requirement)
- Math or math related class in Sr. Year
Accounting
Pre-Calc
AP Calculus
Business Math
Science Electives
Chemistry
1 credit
Advanced Placement
Physics
Anatomy and Physiology
1 credit
AP Biology
1 credit
Environmental Science
1 credit
Zoology (1 semester)
½ credit
Astronomy (1 semester)
½ credit
1 credit
Earth Science (taken in 8th grade 1 credit
and passed criteria)
Social Studies Electives
Semester classes
Year classes
World Geography
AP Government
(this course may be taken IN PLACE OF
the semester Government class)
Psychology
AP Psychology
Sociology
AP US History
Practical Law
Graduation Requirements
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World Languages – 2 credits
- Spanish
- French
possibly German
Graduation Requirements
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Physical Education and Health
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½ credit of each required
- Physical Education 1
- Health
Graduation Requirements
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Technology – 1 credit
BEST 1 ( ½ credit)
 Computer ( ½ credit)
 Advanced Computer ( ½ or 1 credit)
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( the on-line requirement will be incorporated into the
BEST or the computer class)
Graduation Requirements
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Visual, Performing, or Industrial Arts – 1 credit
Art 1
 Shop 1
 Band
 Choir
 Small Engines
 Drafting
 Digital Photography
 Or Tech Center courses will fill this requirement
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Graduation Requirements
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Electives – 5 credits
- Additional courses in Mathematics, Science, or
Social Studies OR
- Additional courses in Visual, Performing, or
Industrial Arts OR
- Huron Area Technical Center
Special Education
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All graduation requirements apply
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Student’s IEP supports the student to
achieve graduation
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The IEP must identify the appropriate
supports to successfully complete the
Michigan Merit Curriculum or through a
Personal Curriculum
Personal Curriculum
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Must meet high school requirements except as
designated by law
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Graduation requirements may be modified
through the “Personal Curriculum”
Personal Curriculum
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Developed by team comprised of: the student,
parent/guardian, high school counselor or staff
member designated by principal
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No age or grade level specified
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Should incorporate as much of graduation
requirements as practicable
Personal Curriculum, cont’d.
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Shall include measurable goals and evaluation
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Aligned with student’s Educational
Development Plan (EDP from 7th grade)
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Final plan must be approved by parents and
district superintendent
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Parents must communicate with teachers once
each quarter to assess progress
Personal Curriculum
Credits
Subject Area
Description
4 Credits
English Language
Arts
Aligned with subject area content
expectations developed by the
Department and approved by the
State Board of Education
No modification
4 Credits
Mathematics
Algebra I
Geometry
Algebra II
1 additional math or math-related
credit
Math or math-related credit in the
final year
All students must:
Complete at least 3.5 math or
math-related credits
Complete a math or math-related
credit in the final year
Algebra 2 modification
options:
Complete 2.5 credits including .5
credit of Algebra II
OR
Complete a two year Career and
Technical education curriculum
which includes .5 credit of Algebra
II content
OR
Complete Algebra 2 over 2 years
with credit given for each year
Personal Curriculum
(Modification)
Personal Curriculum
Credits
Subject Area
Description
Personal Curriculum
(Modification)
3 Credits
Science
Biology
Chemistry or Physics
1 additional Science credit
No modification
3 Credits
Social Studies
.5 Civics
.5 Economics
US History and Geography
World History and Geography
No modification of Civics
Credit guidelines developed by
the Michigan Department of
Education
Modification only if student
takes additional credit(s) beyond
the required credits in English
Language Arts, Math, Science, or
World Languages
1 Credit
Health and
Physical
Education
2 credits must be earned
Modified only if student takes
additional credit(s) beyond the
required credits in English
Language Arts, Math, Science, or
World Languages
Personal Curriculum
Credits
Subject Area
Description
Personal Curriculum
(Modification)
1 Credit
Visual,
Performing,
Applied Arts
Credit guidelines developed by
the Michigan Department of
Education
Modification only if student
takes additional credit(s) beyond
the required credits in English
Language Arts, Math, Science, or
World Languages
2 Credits
World
Languages
Begins with the Class of
2016
Credits earned in grades 9-12
OR
An equivalent learning
experience in grades K-12
No modification
Online Learning
Experience
Online course or learning
experience
OR
Online experience is
incorporated into each of the
required credits
No modification
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8th grade Student/Parent Meeting