We are beginning a short term project "Education".
Education System UK
The education system in the
divided into four main parts, primary education, secondary education, further
education and higher education. Children in the UK have to legally attend primary
and secondary education which runs from about 5 years old until the student is
16 years old. UK
The education system in the
is also split into "key
stages" which breaks down as follows: UK
Generally key stages 1 and 2 will be undertaken at primary school and at 11 years old a student will move onto secondary school and finish key stages 3 and 4.
Students are assessed at the end of each stage. The most important assessment occurs at age 16 when students pursue their GCSE's or General Certificate of Secondary Education. Once students complete their GCSE's they have the choice to go onto further education and then potential higher education, or finish school and go into the working world.
Our overview of the education system in the
is divided into five main
Primary education begins in the
at age 5 and continues until age 11, comprising key stages one and two under
educational system. Please visit the British Council
page for more
information on primary education. UK
From age 11 to 16, students will enter secondary school for key stages three and four and to start their move towards taking the GCSE's - learn more about secondary education in the UK and what it will involve. Primary and secondary education is mandatory in the
; after age 16, education is
Once a student finishes secondary education they have the option to extend into further education to take their A-Levels, GNVQ's, BTEC's or other such qualifications.
students planning to go to college or university must complete further
Probably the most important subject area on this site, this explains more about the higher education system in the
and how it
works for international students. Most international students will enter
directly into the UK UK higher
education system, after completing their home country’s equivalent to the ’s “further
Each level of education in the
UK has varying requirements which must be
satisfied in order to gain entry at that level - learn more about the education
entry requirements for the . UK
The Education System in the USA
, children start school when
they are five or six years old. Depending on the state, schooling is compulsory
until the age of 16 or 18. Children younger than five can go to a nursery
school or preschool. USA
At the age of five or six, the children attend elementary school (also known as grade school or grammar school), which last six years. The fist year at elementary school is called kindergarten.
After elementary school, students attend middle school (also known as junior high school) for three years. Then they continue at high school. In some states, students have to stay in school until they are 18 years old. In other states they may leave school at 16 or 17 with parental permission.
nursery school / preschool
middle school / junior high school
high school / senior high school
When students in the
say what year they are in, they
usually use ordinal numbers, e. g. ‘tenth grade’. (In the USA students
would use cardinal numbers, e. g. ‘year ten’.) UK
At elementary school pupils primarily learn how to read, write and count. There are about 20 to 30 pupils in one class.
At junior and senior high school, mandatory subjects are English, maths, biology, chemistry, physics, physical education and history. Schools also offer optional courses from which the students can choose, e. g. art, modern languages, computers. Physical education is a very important subject in the
– many students participate in
sports programs. United
Gifted and talented students can take advanced courses in their schools or attend additional courses at community colleges in the afternoons or during the holidays. Often such courses are later acknowledged by universities, and can facilitate early graduation.
(as in other English speaking
countries) letter grades are used in reports. USA
§ A > 90 % (excellent)
§ B > 80 % (very good)
§ C > 70 % (improvement needed)
§ D > 60 % (close fail)
§ E > 50 % (fail)
§ F < 50 % (fail)
In general, only grades A to C are a 'pass' – a plus (+) or minus (-) might be added (e. g. A-, B+).
Different Kinds of Schools
Most students in the
are enrolled in public schools.
These are financed through taxes, so parents do not have to pay for their
children's education. About 10 % of US students attend private schools,
where parents have to pay a yearly fee. USA
Another option is homeschooling: approximately 1-2 % of parents in the
educate their children at home. Some reasons for homeschooling are religious
views, special needs (e. g. handicapped children), or problems in
traditional schools (bullying, drugs etc.). However, there is also opposition
to homeschooling claiming that the students have difficulties socializing with
others, that homeschooling (often carried out by the parents) is of a poor
academic quality and that (especially concerning religion) extremist views might
be encouraged. USA
It is not common for students in the
school uniforms, but many schools have dress codes telling students what kind
of clothing is or is not allowed in school. Some schools (especially private
schools) have started to require their students to wear school uniforms in
order to improve school discipline and avoid 'fashion cliques'. USA
Our school is very different from other schools. We come to the school to individual instruments:tablets, laptops, netbooks. Our classes are held in a very interesting and funny. We are start learning dancing,song lessons, political science, art, law.I do not think that Armenia has a school that learn out of this subjects, except us of course.
My first English teacher was a ms. Mariam. We learn tales,poems, and even we performed some tales. And my other english teacher ms. Esta. His version was also different because we were playing cognitive games and when we are winning she rewarding us by stickers .
In middle school we also had a very good teachers. In middle school we had a schoolmaster. I love her very much she helped us in every issue
Then I moved in high school of Mkhitar Sebastatsi educational complex. There are also teaching forms is very different. We can choose what subjects should learn. For example, I want to become a translator and I don`t need to learn biology,i don`t leran. Of course this system is very effective.
And if you want to learn this system come to our school