Education in the United States
If you are interested in attending a USA school, you need to first familiarize yourselves with the American Education System. Most parents send their children to either a public or private school. The following is a brief description of the American Education System:
K-12 ("kay twelve", or "kay through twelve", "kay to twelve") is a designation for the sum of primary and secondary education.
The expression is a shortening of Kindergarten through 12th grade (or grade 12), the first and last grades of free education in the United States.
The first year at school (begins with children at the age of five or six) is called kindergarten. There are no mandatory public kindergarten programs in the United States.
Elementary school is a school of first through fifth grades (usually six to eleven years old).
Junior and Senior High School
Junior high school is any school intermediate between elementary school and senior high school. It usually includes six and eighth grade.
The ninth through twelfth (commonly called freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior) grades are most commonly referred to as senior high school.
These are schools that offer either a two-year degree (Associate degree) or a four-year degree (Bachelors degree) in a field of concentration known as a major.
Like high school, the four undergraduate grades are commonly called freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years (alternately called first year, second year, etc.).
Students who have a bachelor's degree can continue their education by pursuing one of two types of degrees:
For more information about the Education in the United States. You can visit the U.S. Department of Education website.
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