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K-12 Curriculum

The Michigan K-12 Academic Standards serve as the basis for South Lyon Community Schools' curriculum. To guide continuous improvement, South Lyon uses a 6-year plan, as budget allows, that encompasses K-12 subject areas. This plan provides:
  • An on-going process for upgrading the curriculum
  • Identifying and providing the necessary staff development
  • Integrating aligned technology
  • Developing and implementing district-wide assessments.

This plan builds on the earlier work done in each of the core areas (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) and incorporates the state's revised standards and benchmarks.

Subject Area Committees (SAC) are comprised of teachers, administrators, and consultants from Oakland Schools when needed.  The sequencing of each SAC is determined by considering the current status of the subject area, the last time it was revised, the extent of work to be done and the availability of district resources. The actual progression of each subject area will vary. 

It is important that technology resources are also aligned with the revised standards and benchmarks. The teachers who are members of the Subject Area Committees are most knowledgeable about the standards and alignment and therefore are the best equipped to help select the technology resources to support and enhance instruction and the curriculum.  These resources can take many forms.  Available technology and how it can be used to support and extend teaching and learning may be incorporated into curriculum guides and instructional maps.

ELEMENTARY PARENT CURRICULUM GUIDE
MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT CURRIRULUM GUIDE

The district has developed kindergarten through high school technology benchmarks, aligned with the State's standards and benchmarks, to assist teachers with using technology as an instructional tool. These benchmarks, along with the Curriculum Guides above, outline the curriculum grade level expectations for students.

Elementary Technology Benchmarks
Middle School Technology Benchmarks
High School Technology Benchmarks


The State School Aid Act’s section 21f allows for students to enroll in online courses. The majority of students benefit from daily face-to-face interactions with a highly qualified teacher and classmates. To find out if online learning is right for your child, review the following documents and then discuss your options with your student’s school counselor and principal:

At this time, the statewide online course catalogue does not provide local districts with the information we need to feel confident in the quality of courses being offered- information such as teacher effectiveness ratings, success rates of individual courses or providers, assessment data from tests like the ACT, SAT, or MME for students participating in these online courses, or detailed information about the content and rigor of the courses.   

Statewide online course catalogue can be viewed by visiting https://micourses.org/

It is important for students and their families to understand that any online course taken by a student enrolled in our district is taken for credit/no credit and will not impact the student’s GPA.  A successful completion of an online course results in a “G” grade on the student’s transcript.  This may be of concern for students planning to attend a college or university or participate in an NCAA sport.

If your student is considering enrolling in an online course, we highly recommend that you begin a conversation with your student’s school counselor and principal about whether this option is beneficial to your student.

We recommend that any student athlete considering an online course discuss the implications for current eligibility with their athletic director and future collegiate eligibility with the NCAA Clearinghouse prior to enrolling in an online course.