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High Expectations for Student Achievement 

Howell Public Schools provides a strong academic focus for our students and school community.

HPS establishes high expectations for all students, both socially and academically. Our Mission Statement reads: Howell Public Schools is an exemplary learning community committed to maximizing every student's success.

Students in grades K-12 follow: Michigan Academic Standards

To ensure an adequate timeline for instruction, the HPS staff has chosen the standards they believe to be most important and have created our district Scope and Sequence of Essential Skills. These may be found, by subject, on the table below. Teachers use these to plan in grade level or department teams to further map out their instruction. HPS Administration oversees this process by attending these meetings and by visiting classrooms, both part of our procedure for ensuring instruction is aligned with our posted curriculum.

HPS measures mastery of these standards through multiple means. Staff administers formative assessments throughout their course(s) and administer the district's HPS Common Assessments either quarterly or by semester, depending on the course. Most assessment answer sheets are scanned, giving teachers access to this assessment data very quickly.

Michigan Department of Education Curriculum 

Michigan Merit Curriculum and
Graduation Requirements

Resources and Guides for K-12 Michigan Schools

HPS Pathway to Curriculum by Subject

Click on the icon below to find information on each subject, including the Scope and Sequence and a listing of student and teacher resources. The posting of these documents is a work in process, so if you do not find what you are seeking, please return periodically to view updates.  

English Language Arts



Social Studies



Physical Education


Career Technical Education (C.T.E.)

Family and Consumer Science

World Language


Elementary Assigned Periods for English, Math, Science and Social Studies K-12

Our elementary and secondary schools each have assigned periods of times for the core subjects of English, math, science and social studies, plus a menu of electives.

Each elementary has a schedule that provides one elective each day, as well as protecting 90 minutes of ELA and 60 minutes of math instruction.


Elementary students receive one elective a day. Electives offered at this level are Art, PE, Music, and Technology. Secondary students receive 3 electives daily. In middle school most electives go for a quarter (9 weeks), with Choir and Band being year-long electives and the Encore Support classes (Write On, Math Power Hour & Deciphering Science) scheduled as either quarterly, semester or year-long electives. Quarterly Electives: Art, Technology Literacy, Applied Technology, World Language, Physical Education, Life Management, Human Growth, Adolescent Issues and Music Appreciation. High school electives are a semester or year-long courses. 

High School Courses
 High School Course Handbook

National Holidays
Per Section 380.1175 (2) of the Michigan Revised School Code, HPS recognizes the following holidays:

“On the third Monday in January in conjunction with the federal holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. day; February 12, Lincoln's birthday; the third Monday of February, Washington's birthday; September 17, the date of the adoption of the federal constitution; the second Monday in October, Columbus day; and November 11, Veteran's day, a school officer or teacher shall have each school under the officer's or teacher's control observe the day by a proper and appropriate commemorative exercise. A commemorative exercise may include or involve the assignment of schoolwork to teach the significance of the days described in this subsection, which shall not be considered as legal holidays for schools.”

Educational Development Plans (EDP)

The Michigan Department of Education mandates that all students begin an Educational Development Plan in grade 7. This plan acts as a guide to help students work with their parents and teachers in determining their career pathway. The EDP is developed online, using a program called Career Cruising. All students in grades 7-12 have a Career Cruising account, and parents and staff may view it at any time. The school does not print EDPs, but the online accounts continue past the students' K-12 experience. Students who exit our district may take their account information with them and continue to access it wherever they live.

Time to create and maintain the EDP under the supervision of a teacher or counselor is provided to students on an annual basis.

Administration reminds parents to check their child's EDP at least annually. This reminder may be made through a monthly newsletter, Parent Link or other communication.

Special Education & the EDP: The SPP13 report is monitored annually to be sure students with disabilities have an IEP that is in alignment with their EDP.

Student Achievement Support (also see Support Services under individual schools in Academics)

Title I and At-Risk Services
Howell Public Schools offers student support through Title I services for students in grades K-5 at three of our elementary schools: Challenger, Three Fires, and Southwest. We offer At-Risk support for students in grades K-5 at our remaining elementary schools: Hutchings, Northwest, and Voyager, as well as at each middle school and our high school. 

Special Education Services
Special Education services are provided on a continuum of program/service options to meet the needs of students identified as having a disability under Michigan’s Administrative Rules for Special Education and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act for students in grades K-12. Special Education students are assisted in their educational efforts by social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists through the Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA). Please see the Special Education web page.

LESA-Howell Public Schools WAY School 
Students who are not able to attend Howell High School are encouraged to earn their high school diploma through our LESA-Howell WAY high school completion course work. 

Examples of students who might benefit from this program include, but are not limited to students who are:
1. Medically Homebound 
2. Suspended or Expelled
3. Fifth-year HS Seniors under the age of 20
4. Homeschooled students who want online coursework

Call the Howell High School Guidance Department 517.540.8313 to make an appointment to enroll.

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