The Michigan Legislature has provided an opportunity for students to slightly modify the State of Michigan graduation requirements. This modification is called a Personal Curriculum (PC).
While a PC can be requested at any time during a student's high school experience, it should be used in limited circumstances after students have had the opportunity to succeed in the Michigan Merit Curriculum.
House Bills 4465 and 4466, which amend the Michigan Merit Curriculum, have some
implications for the use and implementation of the Personal Curriculum (PC). While
these bills were not given “immediate effect,” these changes will be in effect for the
graduating class of 2015.
PC amendments are as follows:
If requested by the allowable parties, a PC must be developed. The
developed PC still needs to be agreed upon by the parent or legal guardian
and the superintendent or school designee before taking effect.
The group of individuals that develops the PC must now include a teacher OR
guidance counselor. This teacher should be directly educating the student
and have expertise in the subject area being modified. An in-person meeting
is no longer required.
A student using a PC for the Algebra II content must now complete at least 1
math credit during his or her final 2 years of school. This rule previously
stated that the student had to complete a math course in his or her final
Students may substitute a formal Career and Technical Education (CTE)
program (regardless of content) for up to 1 credit of social studies; 1 credit
of health and physical education; and 1 credit of visual, performing, or
The department or any school district shall not limit or discourage the
number of students with a PC on any basis other than the best interest of
each individual student.
Schools shall provide an annual notice to parents or guardians explaining the
PC and that all students are entitled to a PC. This notice shall be sent to a
student’s home and can take several forms including written letter,
newsletter, or handbook. This notice shall also be posted on the school’s