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>>It’s Elementary !

29 novembre 2005
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In the United States most students begin school at age 5.
Remember each state has their own government that decides most of the education policy ; while the federal government maintains many educational standards.

Listen to Sahra discussing American education :


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Photo by Hey Paul ! (Flickr)
This is the basic school structure :

Elementary School :

Age 5 : Kindergarden

Age 6 : First grade

Age 7 : Second grade

Age 8 : Third grade

Age 9 : Forth grade

Age 10 : Fifth grade

Age 11 : Sixth grade

Middle School (also called Junior High School) :

Age 12 : Seventh grade

Age 13 : Eighth grade

High School :

Age 14 : Ninth grade (freshman year)

Age 15 : Tenth grade (sophmore year)

Age 16 : Eleventh grade (junior year)

Age 17 : Twelfth grade (senior year)


Let’s look at a typical school schedule !

Here is a suggested first grade schedule :

8:30 - Parents or bus drop off

8:40 - Settling-in time

9:10 - Class meeting

9:40 - Writing

11:10 - Recess

11:30 - Workshop or Special Class (art or music or gym or language)

12:15 - Math

12:50 - Recess and lunch

1:35 - Reading

3:10 - Home


Now look carefully at Ms. Ross’ classroom. Explore her website, would a french school have a similar website ?

Notice that the most important subjects are reading, math and writing ! Notic that lunch is very short in the US and the school day is much shorter than in France too.

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Classroom

Photo by David Thompson/SLAPS

What are the education standards ? Learn about content standards in California here.

Questions to answer ; Try to discuss with a friend !

What grade do you teach ?
What subject do you teach ?
What do you think are some differences between American and French education ?

Article tir� du site : http://espace-langues.espe-paris.fr
Rubrique:  Culture and civilisation