Counseling Services

Students will be 'placed' in a grade based on how many credits they have earned.  Students may earn up to seven credits per year.
Ninth grade - 0-5.5 credits
Tenth grade - 6-11 credits
Eleventh grade - 11.5-17 credits
Senior - 17+ credits

To graduate from East Jordan Public Schools with a high school diploma, each student must complete 24 credits by:

1.   Successfully completing all of the following credit requirements of the Michigan Merit        Curriculum, which includes:

  • At least 4 credits in English Language Arts aligned to specified standards.  All students must successfully complete 1 ELA course during his/her senior year.
  • At least 4 credits in Mathematics aligned to specified standards, including completion of at least Algebra, Algebra II, and Geometry or an integrated sequence of courses, as well as an additional mathematics credit.  All students must successfully complete at least 1 mathematics course during his/her final year of high school.
  • At least 3 credits in Science aligned to specified standards, including completion of at least Biology and either Chemistry or Physics.
  • At least 3 credits in Social Studies aligned to specified standards, including completion of at least 1 credit in United States History and Geography, 1 credit in World History and Geography, 1/2 credit in Civics and 1/2 credit in Economics.
  • At least 1 credit in Physical Education and Health aligned to specified standards.
  • At least 1 credit in Visual, Performing or Applied Arts.
  • At least 2 credits in a Language other than English aligned to specified standards.  Students may partially fulfill the 2nd world language credit through completion of a State-approved career and technical education program (accounting, autos, BAMO, CAD, marketing, welding or woods) or by completing additional visual, performing and applied arts courses above and beyond that which is required. *It is recommended that college-bound students take the full 2 world language credits in the same language.
  • Participation in an online learning experience.

2.   Successfully completing East Jordan Public Schools graduation requirements:

  • At least 1/2 credit in Technology.
  • At least 5 1/2 credits in Electives.

A personal curriculum may be requested for a student.  A personal curriculum modifies certain aspects of the Michigan Merit Curriculum graduation requirements described previously.  If all of the requirements for a personal curriculum are met, than a high school diploma may be awarded to a student who successfully completes his/her personal curriculum even if it does not meet the requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum.  Contact the office to request information regarding a personal curriculum.

Course Request Guide

Current seniors and graduates from East Jordan High School will request a secure electronic transcript through Parchment and have them sent directly to the college(s) of your choice. Upon graduation, Parchment will assess a fee per request.

Step by step instructions:

Go to

  1. Select "existing user" or "new learner" account. When making a new account, you must use your personal email address not the school issued email which is deleted upon graduation.
  2. Enter the information required.
  3. FERPA is a privacy law and it just is asking if you give Parchment the right to send your transcripts to the colleges you choose.
  4. After you verify East Jordan High School it will take you back to the dashboard page and this is where you will select the "order" button.
  5. Enter in the name of the school you want your transcript sent to. Select the option with the right city and make sure it reads "undergraduate" and not "graduate".
  6. Once you select a school and hit save you should be able to select another school and continue the process.
  7. Once you've added all the schools go ahead and hit save and continue. You will be prompted to electronically sign and send!


This resource book pdf is designed as a guide for students and their parents to ensure that steps are in place for students to make a smooth and successful transition from high school into adulthood. Although this resource is designed for students with an IEP (individual education plan) all students may find some sections helpful.

Some sections might be more useful to students, while others are for parents. Feel free to move through the book in any order. Each section will offer tips, tools and strategies to help you in your planning.

All schools in the state of Michigan are required to administer designated standardized tests at various grade levels.  A standardized test is a test that is administered and scored in a consistent, or "standard", manner.  Standardized tests are designed in such a way that the questions, conditions for administering, scoring procedures, and interpretations are consistent and ar administered and scored in a predeterminded, standard manner.

Schools are heavily penalized by the Department of Education when students do not participate in a mandated assessment.  Therefore, all students enrolled in East Jordan Public Schools are required to take the appropriate standardized test for their grade level.

The following table represents information regarding state mandated assessments for students in grades 7-12:

Grade Level Assessment Description


 11th grade


 Michigan Merit Exam (MME)

 Components include:

  • SAT with Essay
  • ACT WorkKeys
  • M-STEP Science (online)
  • M-STEP Social Studies (online)


 8th grade


M-STEP (on-line)

 Subject matter being assessed:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies


 7th grade


 M-STEP (online)

 Subject matter being assessed:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science


Additionally, East Jordan Public Schools may administer standardized tests at other grade levels in order to assess and adjust the teaching and learning practices leading up to college and career readiness.

Grade Level Assessment Description
 10th grade  PSAT 10  Tests same skills and knowledge as the SAT - in a way that makes sense for the 10th graders.
 9th grade  PSAT 8/9 Establishes a baseline measurement for college and career readiness.  Also provides a preview of the next testing steps - PSAT 10 and SAT - and helps identify readiness for future opportunities in Advance Placement (AP) courses.
 8th grade  PSAT 8/9 Establishes a baseline measurement for college and career readiness.

College Board has some good handouts and/or links.