THE AMERICAN SCHOOL SYSTEM – on Quizlet
- There’s no national curriculum, states individually decide on the education system.
Varied (different) in each state:
- number and size of school districts;
- years of compulsory education (till years of 16 or 18);
- subjects, extra activities;
- the academic year (two or three terms; holidays; beginning and ending);
What is common?
- there are 12 Grades;
- there are three levels: primary / elementary; secondary; higher;
- all children have the access to public schools;
- there’s tuition fee in private schools (religious etc.);
- they use letters in the marking system in the school reports (A-F; they are described with words, too and to A,B and C extra marks, + or – might be added)
- excellent; very good; good; average; below average; fair; poor; failed
- the grades are converted into points all over the 12 years that finally gives a student’s GPA: Grade Point Average;
- registration at school every day;
- transport to school (in rural areas the bus stops in front of students’ homes);
- high schools provide lockers for storing books and other possessions;
- elementary schools provide cycle-racks; high schools parking lots;
- school canteens are provided in all types of schools, and milk is sold at mealtimes;
- Pledge of Allegiance every day.
Discipline at school:
- suspension (In-School S., at school but in a designated suspension room all day; Out-of-School);
- dropout (age of 16, own decision).