School systems

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Sparky49, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. Sparky49

    Thread Starter Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    Hi everyone.

    There's been a few topics about schools, but I can't seem to get my head around the American system. Can someone explain it?

    Over here:

    4-11 Primary school (in Reception, then year 1, then year 2, up to year 6)
    12-16 Secondary School (Year 7, 8, 9 up to year 11)
    17-19 6th Form (Year 12, 13)

    And then on to further education.

    What confuses me is all the talk of elementary, high school, grad school, college, etc...

    Thanks in advance,:)
  2. steveb

    Senior Member

    Jul 3, 2008
    It varies a little bit in the states, but it's all very similar to the following.

    4 Pre-school
    5 Kindergarten in Elementary School
    6-11 Grades 1 to 6 in Elementary School
    12-14 Grades 7-9 in Junior High School (some schools are 6-8 or 7-8)
    15-17 Grades 10-12 High School (some high schools are grades 9-12)
    18-21 College Undergrad
    22+ College Graduate Level

    You can add or subtract 1 year age to the above because some parents start their kids early or late depending on their maturity. Keeping boys back 1 year can sometimes be better for their development.
  3. hwy101

    Active Member

    May 23, 2009
    Very similar here in Canada, but it varies from province to province.
    Some provinces don't have Kindergarten.
    Some high schools are 10 - 13 then on to college
  4. wmodavis

    Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2010
    When you get to the point "And then on to further education." You are dead.