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State Policies in Michigan  

Michigan does not have a state policy on acceleration. Local education agencies (LEAs) determine whether and to what extent acceleration is permitted.

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergarten

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to enroll in kindergarten. If the child will turn 5 by December 1st of the school year, parents or guardians can choose to enroll their child in school by providing written notification to the school. In addition, if a child has been enrolled in kindergarten in another district or state, parents may inform the district in writing of their intent to enroll the child. For more information about kindergarten in Michigan, please see the Michigan Department of Education's Kindergarten Enrollment and Alternative Kindergarten Programs brief.

Early entrance to 1st gradeIf you know where to find this information, please e-mail us.
Whole-grade accelerationAuthority rests with the local school district. 
Early high school graduationAll students must meet specific graduation requirements in order to earn a high school diploma. Course credits can be earned in a number of ways, and it seems that if a student meets all state and local graduation credit requirements he or she would be permitted to graduate early.
Early entrance to collegeIf you know where to find this information, please e-mail us.

Content-based Acceleration

Dual or concurrent enrollment in community college, college, or universityState policy specifically permits. More information is available on the Michigan Department of Education Dual Enrollment page. Michigan additionally offers Early Middle College.  An early middle college (EMC) is a Michigan Department of Education approved five-year program of study.  The EMC is designed to allow a pupil to earn a high school diploma and one of the following; (60 college credits, Associate Degree, or various tech certificates)
Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

State policy specifically permits.
Advanced Placement®State policy permits. More information is available on the Michigan Department of Education Advanced Placement page.
Talent Search

There is no in-state Talent Search for Michigan, but gifted students in MI can participate in regional and national talent searches, including those offered by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center and the Northwestern University Center for Talent Development.

Credit by examination/proficiency-based promotion

State policy specifically permits. In Michigan, this practice is referred to as "testing-out" and more information on the legislation is available in the Testing-Out FAQ.
Other forms of content-based acceleration

Typically left to LEAs to determine. If you know of state-level code, please e-mail us.

Additional Information

Michigan Department of Education Talent Development
Michigan Department of Education
Michigan Association for Gifted Education

The information presented on this page was compiled from a variety of resources, including the State of the States in Gifted Education 2018-2019 (a report by the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children), Websites, professional literature, and personal communication. The Acceleration Institute has not verified the accuracy of this information and does not warrant its accuracy or fitness of use for any purpose. Users should verify information prior to taking any action. Furthermore, the appearance of selected programs and/or resources does not imply an endorsement or affiliation. Programs and resources are highlighted for informational purposes only.