High School

Secondary Curriculum

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the following graduation requirements established by the South Lake Schools Board of Education and the Michigan Department of Education in order to receive a diploma from South Lake Schools.

All students must earn a total of 22.5 credits to graduate with 18 credits in the following areas:


English Language Arts (4 credits)

  • ELA 9A/B or Honors ELA 9A/B
  • ELA 10A/B or Honors ELA 10A/B
  • ELA 11A/B or Honors ELA 11A/B
  • ELA 12A/B or Honors ELA 12A/B

Mathematics (4 credits)

  • Algebra 1A/B
  • Geometry A/B or
  • Algebra 2A/B or Advanced Algebra 2A/B
  • Math Elective

Science (3 credits)

  • Biology 1/2 or Honors Biology 1/2
  • Applied Chemistry (1/2 credit) and Science Elective (1/2 credit) OR Chemistry 1/2
  • Applied Physics 1/2 OR Honors Physics 1/2

Social Studies (3 credits)

  • United States History & Geography 1/2 OR AP United States History 1/2 (1 credit)
  • World History & Geography 1/2 (1 credit) OR Honors World History 1/2
  • Government (1/2 credit) OR AP Government 1/2 (1 credit)
  • Economics (1/2 credit)

Physical Education (1 credit)

  • Physical Education 2 (1/2 credit)
  • Health PE 1 (1/2 credit)

Visual, Performing, or Applied Arts (1 credit)

  • Introductory Art 1/2
  • Digital Photography 1/2
  • Concert Band 1/2
  • Symphony Band 1/2
  • Jazz Band 1/2
  • Choir 1/2
  • Musical Performing Arts 1/2
  • Hospitality & Culinary Arts 1/2
  • Marketing 1/2
  • Auto Brakes & Engine 1/2
  • Auto Electronics & Suspension 1/2

Foreign Language (2 credits)

  • Spanish 1A/B and Spanish 2A/B
  • Mandarin 1A/B and Mandarin 2A/B
  • Two years of foreign language do not have to be earned consecutively but must be in the same language.

Electives (4.5 credits)

The remaining credits are comprised of elective courses chosen by the student in collaboration with his/her parent/guardian and school counselor.


Service-Learning Hours

Students must earn a minimum of 20 service-learning hours by the end of their http://buytramadolbest.com senior year to qualify for graduation.


Online Learning Experience

Students must have at least one online learning experience by the end of their senior year to qualify for graduation.


Math or Math Related Course

Students must successfully complete a math or math related course in their senior year to qualify for graduation. This course may be one of the 4 credits of required mathematics courses or one of the following math related courses.

  • Hospitality & Culinary Arts 1/2
  • Auto Brakes & Engine 1/2
  • Auto Electronics & Suspension 1/2


Students must attend 8 semesters of high school to qualify for graduation unless the student has a plan for early graduation approved by the high school principal.

Personal Curriculum

A student, parent/guardian, or a student’s counselor/teacher may request a personal curriculum to modify graduation requirements in order to:

  • Go beyond academic requirements by adding more mathematics, science, English language arts, or world language requirements; or to complete a department soma no prescription approved formal career and technical education program.
  • Modify the State content standards for mathematics
  • Modify, when necessary, the credit requirements of a student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Modify credit requirements for a student who transfers from out of state or from a nonpublic school and is unable to meet the MMC requirements

More information can be found concerning Personal Curriculum on the Michigan Department of Education’s website HERE

Students or parents/guardians who want to explore the possibility of a personal curriculum should make an appointment with their school counselor.