The education system of the USA offers a broad area of choices for every student whether international students or from the USA. It is very important to be familiarized with the education system of America before you start searching for a better school/university. It will aid you for your best choices and organize your education plan.
So lets talk about the Educational Structure of America:
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL
Before going to higher education, American students have to attend primary and secondary school, which is a total of 12 years and called as first through 12th grades.
At around the age of six, kids start primary school generally called “elementary school.” They go to five or six years and then go to secondary school.
There are two programs in secondary school: the first is “middle school” or “junior high school” and the second program is “high school.” A certificate or a diploma certificate is awarded for graduation from high school. They can do their graduation after school by going college or universities. Study in college or university is called as “higher education.”
Grading system in America
You have to put forward your academic records as a part of your application for admission to university or college. Academic records are official documents of your academic work which include your “grades” and “grade point average” (GPA)as the measurements of your academic accomplishment. Every subject is commonly graded using percentages, which are later converted into letter grades.
As grading system in the US is little complex, so foreign students need to know some crucial things to bear in mind:
- You should find out the education which suits to the level of the USA which you can complete in your own country.
- Constantly check the admission requirements of each university and college in the USA. Also pay close attention to the individual degree programs, which may have special requirements than the university.
- Often consult with an educational advisor or guidance counsellor or consultants to ensure you are going in the right track.
Academic year of a student
Usually, schools start in August or September and end in May or June. As the most of the new students starts in autumn, so it is a great idea for overseas students to initiate their U.S. university studies at this time. There is a lot of excitement in the beginning of the school year. Students from many countries have bonding and great friendships during this time because they are all adopting and adjusting to a new environment and a fresh phase of their academic life. In addition to that, many courses are specially customized for students to take them in succession, starting in autumn and long-lasting through the year.
The academic year in many schools is called as “semesters.” Some schools call a three-term calendar known as the “trimester” system. Still, other schools, further separate the year into the section system of four terms, together with an elective summer session. Fundamentally, if you keep out the summer session, the academic year is either consists of two semesters or three quarter terms.
Hope this article has cleared the system of education in the USA. Students from overseas can also take advantages to study in America.