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Published on 02/7/2008




In 2006, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed into law one of the most comprehensive sets of high school graduation requirements in the nation called the Michigan Merit Curriculum (or MMC).  This law is a result of a partnership between the Governor, the State Board of Education, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Legislature, and numerous education associations who worked together to better prepare students for greater future success.


Please read the FULL STORY on the next page for information on how this affects students who will be signing up for a band class in high school.


We have also included pages with informative links including:


The Michigan Department of Education has a set standard of requirements that each student must meet in order to graduate with a state-endorsed diploma.  Called the "Michigan Merit Curriculum," it will provide Michigan's students the learning opportunity, knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college or in the global job market.  The standards will require that each student obtain a minimum amount of credits in various subjects.


The great news is that, like you, the Department of Education considers the arts to be a critical component to the educational process and insists that a fine art requirement be included in the state-wide curriculum.  When your 8th grader joins band in 9th grade, they are on their way to a successful high school career by fulfilling this requirement!


Current college bound high school students are taking courses that meet the standards while also having a band class all four years. In addition to their primary band class, some students take Jazz Band or an extra concert band as their electives in their Junior and Senior years.  Therefore there is no need to believe band cannot be included in a student's schedule.  With a little planning and consideration to scheduling in their first year, every student can take band for four years while still satisfying the graduation requirements.  We all know that colleges and employers look highly upon band students in the application process because it shows commitment, discipline and team work.


More information about scheduling band for next year will be coming by mail.  This mailing will include information on the many opportunities that await your student in instrumental music at the high school level along with sample schedule to help alleviate any apprehension about participating in band. Information is also available on our website, in the newsroom.  Please contact us at the high school with any scheduling concerns.  There are also various parents we can put you in touch with if you would like another parent perspective.


As the Michigan Depart of Education has recognized, student involvement in the arts is an important factor for a well-rounded education.  We look forward to seeing the 8th graders at the high school next year!


We have also included pages with informative links including:










Sample MMC Schedule - Taking a Band Class for 4 years at ABHS.


Sample MMC Schedule - Students who may desire Jazz Ensemble in addition to their band class.





You will need QUICKTIME to view these videos.  To download QUICKTIME click HERE.


Video 1: Introduction - Superintendent of Michigan Public Schools, Mike Flanagan

Video 2: Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts Credit Guidelines PowerPoint

Video 3: Frequently Asked Questions

Video 4: Student Testimonials: Performing Arts





CLICK HERE to view the presentation document.  In the document, click "slide show" (bottom right of page) to view the document as a show. 




Please consult your councilor before pursuing any of these alternative methods for acquiring high school graduation credit.  It's essential that they do indeed meet the requirements for Anchor Bay High School and the Michigan Merit Curriculum.


Michigan Virtual High School - The Michigan Virtual School (MVS) is an online resource that enables Michigan high schools and middle schools to provide courses (all taught by certified teachers) and other learning tools that students wouldn't otherwise have access to. It was funded by the Michigan Legislature in July 2000 to be operated by the Michigan Virtual University (MVU), a private, not-for-profit Michigan corporation. MVS works in cooperation with individual school districts to grant course credit and diplomas.


Through MVS, Michigan high school and middle school students can take a variety of courses and learn any place there is a computer and an Internet connection. Additionally, high school students can prepare for tests such as the Michigan Merit Exam and AP* exams.


Summer School or Evening Classes through the Anchor Bay School District - Contact your Guidance Councilor for more details and course offerings. 


Macomb Community College - High school juniors and seniors currently enrolled in local secondary schools may be eligible to register for a limited number of courses each semester provided the following conditions are met:


1)     Permission is obtained from your high school counselor or principal. Appropriate documentation (Approval for Early Admit form PDF - 33KB) authorizing enrollment for the semester must be presented to Macomb Community College's Enrollment Services Office at the time of admission.

2)      Complete the Macomb Community College Application for Admission/Update and submit it along with your early admission authorization documentation and proof of residency to be eligible for the resident tuition rate to: Enrollment Services.

3)      Applicants interested in enrolling in English, reading, or math courses must complete a Welcome & Assessment Session prior to registration. Courses that require additional placement testing and/or successful prerequisite completion must submit appropriate supporting documentation prior to course registration.


Questions and/or additional information regarding early admissions may be directed to the Coordinator of Admissions and Transfer Credit by e-mail: