Hi everyone, I figure as an international community comprised mostly of Youths who actively enjoy learning we should understand how the education systems work around the world. So please post an explanation of schooling where you come from and I'll add it to this post.
Education in Australia is split into three main parts, creatively named Primary
What follows is for metropolitan areas only (sorry if this is long):
Generally starts at the age of about 5, and goes from Grade 0 (called Preparation year, or prep for short) to Grade 6. This is mostly about learning basics of the world, reading and writing as well as social interaction.
The classes are generally all taught by the one teacher, except for special subjects such as art, and Physical Education (PE).
Primary schools are small and spread out, with classes of about 20 or so students often made up of two year levels at a time, with each level having about 40 students. Approx total population 300 (280 if my numbers are exact which is never the case) per school. They come in the Public (government funded, for all children) and Private (elite and payed for by fees).
Goes from years 7 to 12, but is only compulsory to year 10; after that you enter the HCS, VCE (or other equivalent) these are various qualifications for completing Year 12 and are used to generate your TER (a comparative score for students across the state/country). There are often other qualifications too such as VCAL for those not looking at the mainstream.
Each subject is taught by a different teacher with most subjects except for English, maths and science becoming electives at around year 9 and all subjects except for English becomming electives from year 11 onwards.
Secondary schools, often called High Schools generally have class sizes of around 20-25, with anywhere from 100-400 students in a single year level. Approximate total population of 1,000-3,000 with the larger schools often splitting into two campuses of year 7 to 8-10 (depending on the school) and the other campus taking the rest.
is not at all required or often even expected by society, it is generally job specialisation studies such as Degrees and Diplomas.
s are large institutions generally where a student will go to earn a degree in a particular field, they are often very large 25,000+ with class and course sizes all varying greatly. Most courses go for three years but some go for more and each year is simply counted for naming (first year, second year and so on). These are separated by degree and while some subjects may apply to multiple degrees most students will remain with in there faculties, some degrees (such as Arts) will have majors but many 9such as Architecture) will simply be a degree and major in themselves.
University is often paid for by a CSP loan, which is a government loan which is paid back in that student’s taxes once they start earning over a certain amount.
are slightly smaller institutions where a student often goes to earn a Diploma, as I do not go to one I cannot easily describe it; would anyone else like to have a go?
In Australia almost any education institution or even part of one can be called a college.
Written by Fedora.Pirate
USA - WIP
Starts at Pre-Kindergarten and goes through 5th grade. Classes have 20-30 students, one teacher (and sometimes a ParaPro, which I guess is just a teacher's aide?). You stay within your grade and learn basic math, language, history and science. (For my school) Students may choose to take band or choir starting in 3rd grade. Earlier than that, the class would take music and art. Naps were taken until 1st grade. And recess was the high point of everyone's day.
Schools may have very approximitly 500 students.
This is 6-8 grade. There are two teachers and 40-ish students, some schools have four sets of 6th grade classes. The 40 students are split in half, part of which had a "home base" with one teacher (your lunch group, also the room in which you kept your stuff) and the other half part of the other "home base". One of the teachers taught language and history/geography, the other taught science and math. There was also "exploratories" where students are designated to take P.E. once a year, typing for one semester, and then choose whichever others interests them.
Schools may have roughly 700 students.
Grades 9-12 were here. In order to get a diploma you had to take:
4 literature classes (lits 9-12)
4 math classes (geometry, algebra 1 &2 and either alg 3 or trig)
3 science classes (biology, physical science, chemistry)
3 history (U.S., world, and then economics and govn't)
2 foreign language (either French or Spanish)
Then, there are electives ranging from choir, to drama, to horticulture, to shop... etc.
All the years were jumbled up because it was easier to fail courses. Honours and Advanced Placement kids had some classes with regular students... 9th graders and 12th graders could be in the same classes... High schools may have 1,000+ students.
These terms are interchangeable. Some are junior colleges, you go for two years and get the core stuff out of the way and then go on to a larger school to focus on your major (or just stick with your associate's degree). Others are four year schools, the first two being for core classes and the final two to focus on your major to get a bachelor's degree... Then you can continue even longer and get a master's.
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So I hope you found that interesting, please post information, edits or additions about where you're from and feel free to give advice. Thanks.