- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
I thought that the discussion of education systems would be good on it’s own thread.
The US is fairly complicated, but follows a general rule:
Pre-K/preschool (age 4-)
Kindergarten (age 5)
Grades 1-12 (generally grouped 1-5, 6-8, 9-12 with some leeway as to where 6 is grouped with)
College/University (generally referred to interchagably, but college can be 2-4 year degrees while university is 4 year degrees and have graduate programs as well)
There are statewide exams each year that affect matriculation, and College Board exams outside of school for qualification for College/University. These are the ACT and SAT exams. The scores on these exams plus performance through school affect which universities you are accepted into.
Public School: state funded, attendance depends on where you live as to which school you’re assigned to (generally). There are exceptions for magnet and charter schools which are also state funded, but have slightly different curriculum specializations.
Private School: majority funded by tuition & trusts, can be religiously associated, must apply to attend. These run the gammut of college prep, alternative curriculum, and religious-based education.
Homeschool: taught by parents and still must pass state-acknowledged exams to earn diplomas. This can be for many reasons from conservative parenting wanting no influence that is not approved by them to children who have special needs or who are outperforming the school curriculum and need to have the ability to study grades ahead. It’s still controversial in some cases.
So yes, there are many many options for education in the US, and I’m sure I haven’t included all of the options available in this little intro.
What is the education system in your country/region?