The USA’s education system
The American education system is home to one of the most diversified education systems in the world and is held in high regard all over the world. Education is mandatory in the US and thanks to this policy the level of literacy is high across the country. Americans often have a reputation for being slightly dense when it comes to a lot of subjects so it is advised that you search about for a decent school, just like in the UK there are many below average schools that produce less than great students.
Compulsory education begins at five years of age when a child enters kindergarten. Most children however attend pre-school from the age of three or four. In most states schools are divided into elementary school (ages 5-10), middle schools (10-13), and high schools (13-16). All children have to attend school until the age of 16 but most stay on until they graduate around the age of 17 or 18. You will be guaranteed public education in your area of residence. To register, all you have to do is find out the name of the school district you are in. Then, ask them which school your residential address puts your children into. Lastly, get the phone number and call the school to inform them that your little darlings will be attending.
Americans often have a reputation for being slightly dense when it comes to a lot of subjects so it is advised that you search about for a decent school, just like in the UK there are many below average schools that produce less than great students. Over the last few years the US education system has come under heavy criticism over the declining standards and low achievements of students. Compared to other developed nations US students have a poor showing, scoring badly in mathematics and science. Many students leave education ignorant of the outside world and their own history, even universities haven’t escaped criticism with them being branded as being too expensive, extravagant and having poor teaching standards.
University education is accessible to many in America, but it can come at a price. Students are required to pay tuition and fees and, if they are living on campus, room and board. Students must also pay for books, and there are often other “hidden fees” that may arise. Students with financial need may apply for scholarships, grants, or financial aid. Scholarships and grants are funds given to a student for study, usually to reward high academic performance or athletic ability. These funds do not have to be repaid. Financial aid, on the other hand, often comes in the form of student loans. These loans are much more flexible than most other loans in that they have lower interest rates and the repayment period is longer. The US also has an extensive network of community colleges that offer degree programs at a much lower price. Community colleges usually offer two-year degrees. Some students may begin their education here and transfer to a four-year college or university after a year or two. Training people directly for industry, especially training women for skilled trades without using the university system, is considered a candidate for improvement.