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Did You Know Michigan Has An Online Learning Graduation Requirement?

In 2006, the Michigan legislature put into place a policy that Michigan students have an online learning experience as a high school graduation requirement.

According to Michigan Merit Curriculum Law:

1278b (1)(b) Meets the online course or learning experience requirement of this subsection. A school district or public school academy shall provide the basic level of technology and internet access required by the state board to complete the online course or learning experience. For a pupil to meet this requirement, the pupil shall meet either of the following, as determined by the school district or public school academy:

(i) Has successfully completed at least 1 course or learning experience that is presented online, as defined by the department.
(ii) The pupil's school district or public school academy has integrated an online experience throughout the high school curriculum by ensuring that each teacher of each course that provides the required credits of the Michigan merit curriculum has integrated an online experience into the course.

To learn more about the specific requirements for online learning, read the Michigan Department of Education Online Learning Guidelines.


What Does Michigan Law Say?

Read Online courses; definitions as outlined in The State School Aid Act of 1979, Act 94 of 1979.


Is Online Learning for My Child?

The parent's role in helping decide if online learning is the most effective way for their child to learn is extremely important. According to the State School Aid Act, a parent/legal guardian must give permission for their child (under the age of 18) to take online classes. Michigan Virtual University's Parent Guide to Online Learning is a resource to help you determine if your child is well suited to online learning.


How Many Courses Can My Child Take Online?

Section 21f of the State School Aid Act allows students in grades 6 through 12 who are enrolled in a Michigan public local district or public school academy (not including full-time cyber schools) to take up to two online courses per academic term with consent from their parent or guardian.

A student that has demonstrated previous success with online courses may be enrolled in more than two courses in an academic term if their parent/legal guardian and school leadership determine that it is in the best interest of the student..

Consent of the parent or legal guardian is not required if the student is at least age 18 or is an emancipated minor.


How Do I Know What Online Courses Are Available?

Michigan's Online Course Catalog allows visitors to search through online course offerings. The site is populated with course titles and syllabi submitted by local school districts, intermediate school districts and the Michigan Virtual School. Course syllabi include information such as course descriptions, course outlines, price and more.

NOTE:  Michigan's Online Course Catalog is intended to be a general source of information for parents, students, and schools to provide them with the information needed to make enrollment decisions. Enrollment in online courses does not occur through the website.

Parents and students can use Michigan's Online Course Catalog to locate courses, but should not enroll students into courses themselves. In order to ensure the online courses are paid for and recognized by the local school district, enrollment should be handled by the local school.

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