• School Systems UK and US
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  • 02.11.2020
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Key aspects of the US and the UK school systems



A student's school career

different models, e.g.

Elementary School (grade 1 to 5)

Middle School (grade 6 to 8)

High School (grade 9 to 12)

Primary School (year 1 to 6)

Middle School (year 7 to 11)

Sixth Form (year 12/13)

Compulsory education

age 16 (grade 10)

age 16 (year 11)


You graduate from high school with a diploma after 12 years

You finish school with a GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) after 11 years or

an A-level after 13 years


Primary education starts at the age of 5/6 with the Kindergarten but isn't counted as grade

School starts at the age of 5/6

Structure of the school year

2 terms

3 terms

School clothing

School uniforms are uncommon

(but: dress code)

School uniforms are common

Private school enrollment







US High School Students

1st year: Freshman

2nd year: Sophomore

3rd year: Junior

4th year: Senior

Standardized testing

In the US, examinations in which all participants take the same test under equal conditions, and where results are scored and interpreted in the same way, are known as standardized tests.  They take a variety of forms, including multiple-choice, true/false,  short-answer or essay questions and are often time limited.

Die Schule ist eine Institution, an der Bildung durch Wissen und Können an Lernende vermittelt wird.
Pledge of Allegiance

Many students in the US give a daily "Pledge of Allegiance" to the flag of the United States while standing stiffly and holding their hands over their hearts.

“It is easier to land a man on the moon than to change the school system.”

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