High School Counseling

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Michigan Merit Curriculum

To prepare Michigan’s students with the knowledge and skills needed for the jobs in the 21st Century, the State of Michigan has enacted a rigorous set of statewide graduation requirements that will prepare students for future success in college and the workplace.

The Michigan Merit Curriculum requires students entering 8th grade in 2006, to obtain a minimum of 16 credits for graduation, and students entering the 3rd grade in 2006 (Class of 2016) will need to complete two credits of a language other than English in grades 9-12; OR an equivalent learning experience in grades K-12 prior to graduation.


Michigan Merit Curriculum Requirements
Review the guidelines set by the Michigan Department of Education.

Sample Schedule
View a sample schedule for a Madison High School student.

High School Course Description Guide
Madison High School offers a variety of vigorous academic opportunities. Click the link to see available courses for 2021-22.

Scheduling: 8th to 9th Grade Transition

Information for Parents of Seniors

 Michigan Public College Application Process, Dates, & Costs

Minimum Dual Enrollment Qualifying Scores 2015-16 & 2016-17


 ACT Information and Registration more
 SAT Information and Registration more
     SAT Test Date: September 26, 2020 Register by: August 26, 2020
     SAT Test Date: October 3, 2020 Register by: September 4, 2020
     SAT Test Date: November 7, 2020 Register by: October 7, 2020
     SAT Test Date: December 5, 2020 Register by: November 5, 2020
     SAT Test Date: March 13, 2021 Register by: February 12, 2021
     SAT Test Date: May 8, 2021 Register by: April 8, 2021
     SAT Test Date: June 5, 2021 Register by: May 6, 2021


Stop in to the Counseling Office for application information for these and other scholarships.

Lenawee County Education Foundation (LCEF) Scholarships more

College Planning Links

FAFSA Application

VIDEO: Funding Education Beyond High School: Financial Aid Basics

Accredited Online Schools and Colleges
A comprehensive and informative resource that ranks each university in America by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission rates, graduation rates, and retention rates.
College NET
College NET is a college search helping to match needs and interest. Financial aid information and searches. Scholarship searches.

College View
College View contains a college search, virtual campus tours, career information and financial aid possibilities.


Fair Opportunity Project’s College Application Guide

The Fair Opportunity Project is a free resource that references 20+ students from the nation’s top colleges, 7 advisors, and 200 high school counselors across the nation to get students the necessary information for application success.


 Career Planning

Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Handbook
The U.S. Government provides the training and education needed, earnings, job outlook, expectations, and working conditions for hundreds of types of jobs.


Career Path
Career information, employer profiles and career resources


Educational Development Plan (EDP)
CareerCruising.com includes a career matchmaker, explores careers, explores colleges and universities. Students can view their four-year plan and career pathways.


Align Hot Jobs 

Within the CTE Community in Lenawee County


Online and Blended Learning Opportunities

The State of Michigan under Section 21f of the State School Aid Act has launched the choice for parents to request that their student(s), in grades 5-12, be enrolled in no more than two (2) online courses in place of a currently scheduled course. Schedule requests may be made in the High School Counseling Office. Please complete the Online Readiness Rubric and review the courses available.
Courses Available through Michigan’s Online Course Catalog
Online Readiness Rubric

In-Demand Degrees in the United States

A 2016 survey conducted by Forbes revealed that 3 out of the top 5 most in demand degrees in the US fall under business education. These are accounting, finance, and business administration (the others being computer science and mechanical engineering). This means that majority of students who graduate from high school eventually enroll to a business school.

Included below are resources including the lists of most in-demand degrees in the US, as well as:

  • Guide on how to pass the SAT and ACT
  • List of business degree scholarships and financial aid
  • Business school admission guide
  • Guide on studying effectively
List of Best Value Business Degrees more
List of Best Value Accounting Degrees more
List of Best Value Finance Degrees more


Jen Stelzer, High School Counselor 517-265-1843
Lisa Gentry, High School Administrative Assistant 517-265-1843
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