Post by cheddarfish6 on Sept 4, 2009 20:17:33 GMT -6
Ummmmm theres the public and private school system. I only know of the public so here goes nothing...
We have 3 different schools that we attend. Some places only have 2 schools....but im gonna explain it the way that i have gone through.
The first school Is elementary school. Grades 1 through 6 are there. Sometimes only grades 1 through 5. Some elementary schools include Kindergarden which is before 1st grade and pre-school which is before kindergarden. Still with me? Good.
The second school is either called Junior High School or Middle School. Junior High Schools only have grades 7 and 8, but Middle Schools generally have 6 through 8.
The Third school is High School. You have grades 9 through 12 here. But basically you are called eaither a Freshman (9th grade), Sophomore (10th grade), Junior (11th grade) or a Senior (12th grade). When you reach High School the teachers treat you like adults and expect you to act like adults because you have to prepare for the real world. High School is also the peak in which you learn time management, Responsibilty, and Respect for others. You're probably thinking we already have learned respect for others in the other schools, but really we havn't.
After High School, You have the option of going to college. A lot of people have to apply for a scholarship due to high high tuition for college. Some people cant go to college because of money issues.
College is just like High school with the freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, except you learn on a much higher level.
Sooooo Yea. that's pretty much it. Lots of info there lol.
In England our parents have the option of sending us to a pre-school until you are 4 or 5.
Then you go to primary school from reception(age 4 or 5), to year six (age 11). Reception to year 2 (age 4-7) puts you in the 'key stage 1' (ks1). Year3-6 (age 7-11) is ks2. In year 6 you do SATs, which is your first major national exam.
After year 6, you go to secondary/senior school (age 11-18). Year 7-9 have no major exams. In year 10 you prepare for your GCSEs. In year 11 you do your GCSEs, which are quite vital for your future jobs and stuff. I think that ends KS3. Then you go into 6th form (years12&13). This is optional. Year 12 is preparation for year 13, which is when you do your A-levels. Similar to GCSEs, but harder, more advanced, and your success will increase significantly.
The you go to university. This is age 16+ (for if you skip 6th form). This is when you do your degrees and stuff after finishing school.
As a side note, some very clever people do a Gcse a tear or so early.