• VISUAL, PERFORMING AND APPLIED ARTS

     

     

    What the Michigan Merit Curriculum Law Says

     

    Sec. 1278a(a)(iv) The board of a school district or board of directors of a public school academy shall

    not award a high school diploma to a pupil unless the pupil has successfully completed at least 1 credit

    in visual arts, performing arts, or applied arts, that is aligned with guidelines developed by the

     

    Michigan Department of Education.

     

    Sec. 1278b(5)(g)(j) The visual, performing and applied arts credit requirement may be modified as

    part of a personal curriculum only if the modification requires the pupil to complete 1 additional credit

    in English language arts, mathematics, or science or 1 additional credit in a language other than

    English.  This additional credit must be in addition to the number of those credits otherwise required in
    each subject area.

     

     

     

    What Research Says

     

    Studies show high school students who study the arts earn better grades and scores;
    are less likely to drop out of school; watch fewer hours of television; are less likely to report
    boredom in school; have a more positive self-concept; and are more involved in community
    service.  Research also shows that many students who have difficulty learning through
    traditional methods can benefit from teaching strategies that include other means of learning
    and subject areas, such as the arts.

     

    Currently, less than half of all Michigan high schools require students to have one or
    more visual and performing arts credits prior to graduation.
     
Last Modified on March 12, 2008