Ann Arbor Public Schools
Personal Curriculum Information Sheet
|What is the Process for Developing a Personal Curriculum?
What is a Personal Curriculum?
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. A Personal Curriculum must be requested on an individual basis and must meet certain condition to be approved. A Personal curriculum must be consistent with the student's Educational Development Plan (EDP).
Is a Student Eligible for a High School Diploma if They Have a Personal Curriculum?
A student who successfully fulfills a Personal Curriculum, which is aligned with Michigan Merit Curriculum and any additional local board of education graduation requirements is to be awarded a high school diploma.
Under What Circumstances is a Personal Curriculum Allowable?
The use of a Personal Curriculum modification is allowed by state statute for only four reasons:
- Wish to modify the Michigan Merit Curriculum's mathematics requirement
To qualify for a Personal Curriculum math modification, students must have completed:
1.5 Michigan Merit Curriculum math credit requirements (Geometry, Algebra I and .5 credit of Algebra II or equivalent) and have a minimum of 4 credits including math in their final year.
Additional modifications may be available for students with disabilities
- Wish to substitute core classes in order to go beyond the Michigan Merit Curriculum academic credit requirements by adding more math, science, English language arts or world language credits.
- A student with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) who needs to modify the credit requirements based on his or her disability
- A student that transfers to a district from out of state or from nonpublic school
Can a Personal Curriculum be used to Modify the Entire Michigan Merit Curriculum?
The purpose of the Personal Curriculum is to modify portions of the Michigan Merit Curriculum that are not practicable for the student while honoring the requirements that graduation with a diploma requires mastery of as much of the Michigan Merit Curriculum content expectations as possible. For students without disabilities, modification of credit requirements is limited to a specific set of options set forth in the law. For students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Plans, other modifications of credit requirements may be sought. Because a Personal Curriculum may lead to a High School diploma, it cannot modify the Michigan Merit Curriculum to the extent that it creates an alternate pathway to graduation. Ultimately, the Personal Curriculum must be based on 16 competency-based credits, unless the deletion of a half-credit of math (second semester of Algebra II) is approved as part of the Personal Curriculum request.
Who Can Request a Personal Curriculum?
A parent, legal guardian, student 18 years or older, an emancipated minor or school personnel may request a PC.
When Can a Personal Curriculum be Requested?
Personal Curriculum can be requested at any time; however, it cannot go into effect until the student is in high school. The legislation states that you must complete a minimum of (1.5) credits in math and (2) credits in social studies (including Civics) before you can request a modification in these two subjects. The exception to this is a student with an Individualized Education Plan.
In State Transfer Students (district to district)
Since a Personal Curriculum is an agreement between the parent, student and local Superintendent, it is not automatically transferable to another Michigan school district. If a student who has a Personal Curriculum transfers to another Michigan school district, he or she will need to reapply for a Personal Curriculum in that new district.