Michigan Merit Curriculum
The Michigan Merit Curriculum (aka graduation requirements) is the result of an extraordinary partnership between the Executive Branch, State Board of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Legislature and numerous education associations. Legislation MCL 380.1278a and MCL 380.1278b details the graduation requirements which high school students must meet.
Michigan Academic Standards
Oakridge classroom instruction aligns with the Michigan Department of Education Academic Standards. Michigan's Academic Standards are continually updated as new research guides best practices. They are intended to ensure that all students are successful in their life's next steps, whether it be to enlist in the military, enroll in post-secondary education, or go directly to the workforce in their chosen career.
Board Policy 2210 defines curriculum as:
- the courses of study, subjects, classes, and organized activities provided by the school;
- all the planned activities of the schools, including formal classroom instruction and out-of-class activity, both individual and group;
- learning activities approved by the Board for individuals or groups of students and expressed in terms of specific instructional objectives or class periods;
- the plan for learning necessary to accomplish the educational goals of the District;
- all the planned activities of the schools, including formal classroom instruction and out-of-class activity, both individual and group, necessary to accomplish the educational goals of the District.
Oakridge provides our classrooms the primary learning resources for teachers to teach and students to learn. Here is a list of those primary learning resources owned by the District. Hands on material and equipment is not recorded in these sheets but our classrooms have significant amounts of manipulatives, material, and equipment stored and accessible to students.
- ESCE - Early Childhood Special Education
- GSRP Pre-School
- Transition Kindergarten
- First grade
- Second grade
- Third grade
- Fourth grade
- Fifth grade
- Sixth grade
- Elementary Enrichments
- Secondary English Language Arts
- Secondary Math
- Secondary Science
- Secondary Social Studies
- Secondary Electives
Task Force Timeline
Oakridge aims to maintain a routine schedule to keep our classroom learning resources up to date. We have established the following "Task Force Timeline" to investigate and identify the best resources available to purchase. The year listed is the year the Task Force intends to begin and complete process.
- Elementary & Secondary English Language Arts
- Secondary Behavioral Health Curriculum
- K-6 English Language Arts Task Force
- 7-12 English Language Arts Task Force
- 6-8 Math Task Force
- K-12 Social Studies
- K-12 Science
- K-12 Math
- Elementary Behavioral Health Curriculum
- Elementary & Secondary English Language Arts
Library Book Collections
Our entire library book collections are available online. We are proud to be able to allow parents full transparency to the books our students have access to.
The Board recognizes that a course of study or certain instructional materials may contain content and/or activities that some parents find objectionable. If after careful, personal review of the program lessons and/or materials, a parent indicates to the school that either content or activities conflicts with his/her religious beliefs or value system, the school will honor a written request for his/her child to be excused from particular classes for specified reasons. The student, however, will not be excused from participating in the course or activities mandated by the State and will be provided alternative learning activities during times of parent requested absences.
For additional information on our controversial issues policy, please review Board Policy 2240 - Controversial Issues.
Notification of Parent Rights
- Review the curriculum, textbooks, and teaching materials of the school in which the pupil is enrolled at a reasonable time and place and in a reasonable manner.
- Be present, to a reasonable degree, and at reasonable times and subject to reasonable restrictions, controls, and limits, to observe instructional activity in a class or course in which the pupil is enrolled and present. As used in this subdivision, "instructional activity" does not include testing.
To exercise this right, members of the public must submit their request in writing to the building principal using Form 9130F3. Similar protocols for ALL volunteers will be utilized for point #2 above (aka background checks and reasonable scheduling).
To file a complaint about a specific learning resource or course content, members of the public must submit it in writing to the superintendent using Form 9130F2.