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Tresayre
Tresayre  (Level: 81.6 - Posts: 362)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 7:46 AM

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS

For the record, Australian schools are divided into primary and secondary years.
Primary is years 1-7 in some states and in others years 1-6
Secondary school is either years 8-12 or years 7-12.
In some states or in private schools there are other divisions such as Junior, years 1-6, Middle, 7-9 and Senior, years 10-12

When I write quizzes and say they are for primary school, I am referring to students in the upper years of primary school.
Please be understanding of the differences between Australia and wherever you are. Some of the comments I have had are not really all that nice!

Maybe you could add to this thread explaining the differences in the school systems in your country.
Cheers
Judy

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 8:23 AM

It it my understanding the US, Primary school is generally through 3rd grade. I am sure some places go up to 4th.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 8:34 AM

It's changed here. When I was a kid it was
Elementary or grammar school 1-6
Junior high school 7-9
Senior High school 10-12

But by the time my kids went it was Elementary 1-5
Middle School 6-9
High school 10-12
These might differ by a year from place to place.

I could never understand the British system, what they mean by college and university. My friend was always talking about her son going to college, but he was a somewhat dim and very truant 15-year-old who'd have been in middle school here.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 8:40 AM

The school I went to went up to 4th , 5-7 was middle school and 8-12 was Jr and Sr High.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 8:41 AM

Oh, fine, who can remember the '70s?

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 8:42 AM

I can!

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 8:44 AM

Just checked Dan's old report card from Longbranch Elementary - went to 5th, then he was in middle school in 6th and the gradeless magnet program after that and then home schooled after I got hurt.

I'm out of touch.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.1 - Posts: 2770)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 9:22 AM

But in the UK we have
Primary - 5 to 7
Middle - 7-11
Secondary - 11-16/18

Why not just give ages in all cases in quizzes?

Tresayre
Tresayre  (Level: 81.6 - Posts: 362)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 9:30 AM

Children start year 1 in the year they turn 6 in Australia
They usually finish primary school when they are about 12 years old and secondary or High school when they are 17-18 years of age.


smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 9:49 AM

No kindergarten?

Tresayre
Tresayre  (Level: 81.6 - Posts: 362)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 9:52 AM

Kindergarten at 3/4 years old, Prep at 5 years old. Formal schooling starts the year they turn 6

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 10:02 AM

Sounds like a good plan. Here Kg is like a part of primary, usually mandatory, it is the prep, sort of pre-first to make learning seem fun and teach classroom discipline and self-control. Theoretically.

Some places have "Pre-K" and programs like Head Start (dunno if any remnants of that are left but it was fabulous when my kids were little). There may even be places in the US who don't have Kg or call it something else. Our hodgepodge of local school districts and differences from state to state makes it hard to say for sure.

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.4 - Posts: 5492)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 10:18 AM

When I started school there was no kindergarten. You went straight into the first grade. It was elementary school grades 1-8 in some schools and areas. While in others elementary was 1-6 then 7-9 was junior high, 10-12 was high school. Now it's entirely different. My boys went to kindergarten through eighth grade then 9th grade started high school. 6-8 is now called middle school here...
Vickie

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 105.0 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 11:17 PM

Just reading Bill Bryson's "Down Under."

Be up to speed soon.

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Wed, 22nd Jul '09 6:18 AM

I joined this site to be educated. What do you know eh ? Schools in Australia..........................


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