High School Credit

Design Lab is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Career Exploration program for students in 10th grade. It is a blended course; each student in Design Lab takes an online course in addition to learning hands-on in the lab. Through successful completion of the program students earn credit in Design Lab as well as one credit of either math, science, or an elective.

Core Math or Science Credit

Students must choose one (1) online class. Options include:

  • Math: Geometry, Algebra 2, Honors Geometry, or Honors Algebra 2
  • Science: Biology, Chemsitry, Physics, Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, Honors Physics

Students who do not need a math or science credit will take the elective "College & Career Preparation" which focuses on topics like colege entrance exams, apprenticeships, paying for college, and career planning.

Most students will take an online course at some point in their educational career.  The advantage of having your first online course be part of Design Lab is that you will see your instructor each day.  You can ask questions in person and even go through examples together.  In addition, depending on your course, you will have several other classmates who you can also ask for help if you get stuck. 

English and Language Arts (ELA)

Due to the content of Design Lab, students who complete both semesters are eligible for 1.0 credits of English and Language Arts.

Visual, Performing or Applied Art (VPAA)

Design Lab meets the VPAA requirment of the Michigan Merit Curriculum

Online Learning Experienece

Design Lab meets the Online Learning Experience requirement of the Michigan Merit Curriculum.