The Canadian School System Info about canadian schools

most children start school before the age of six, when compulsory school begins, either in a nursery school or in kindergarten . schooling is also without cost (Depending on the district/Neighborhood). The 13 years of formal elementary and secondary education covers education from the ages of 5 to 18, divided in to sections called grades (kindergarten and grades 1 to 12). Children start kindergarten at the age of five and advance one grade every year until they get to grade 12 at age 18. sometimes a student must be held back a grade due to a lot of absences or bad grades.

A child can legally quit school at 16, but this is discouraged but most students stay in high school until they reach the age of 18. A student has one teacher for all major subjects during his or hers first six years of schooling and a different teacher for each subject during the last six grades in junior and senior high schools.

School hours are also different in canada. The school year in Canada usually runs from the first week of September until the end of June (ten months) and is divided into periods or quarters (terms/semesters). There are a few year-round schools and some that have a year that runs from mid-August to the end of May. School holiday dates are published by schools well in advance, thus allowing parents plenty of time to schedule family holidays during official school holidays. It isn’t advisable to take a child out of school when he should be taking examinations or during important coursework assignments.

The school day in elementary schools is usually from 8.30am to 3 or 3.30pm, with an hour for lunch. There are also usually two 15-minute breaks to allow students to let off steam between classes. In high schools, hours are usually from 8.30am until 2.30pm. Extracurricular activities and sports are scheduled after school hours. Lessons in public schools are held from Mondays to Fridays and there are no lessons on Saturdays or Sundays. Canada also has what it calls ‘semestered high schools’, where instead of the standard eight subjects being taught throughout the year, four subjects are taught each term, with one long lesson (usually 70 minutes) on each subject each day. This system is thought to give a better understanding of each subject and to be more suitable for pupils who find it difficult to cope with eight subjects each week.

When a student enrols in a public school, a ‘record file’ is opened for him and there’s a continuous evaluation system throughout all grades. Students are marked on each essay, exam and course taken in each subject studied throughout their 13 years of education. The following grading system is used in high schools throughout Canada:

Grade: Classification - Percentage

A: Excellent - 90 to 100

B: Good - 80 to 89

C: Average/fair - 70 to 79

D: Poor - 60 to 69

F: Fail - Below 60

All grades are internal and are in relation to the general standard achieved at a particular school, which usually makes it difficult to compare standards in different schools and provinces. Marks depend on a range of criteria, including a student’s performance in tests given at intervals during the year, participation in class discussions, completion of homework assignments, and independent projects. Students receive a report card at least twice per year, which shows their grades in each subject they’re studying.

High school students who need to make up for lost time after illness can attend special ‘cramming’ courses at learning centres run by private companies such as the Sylvan Learning Centre, which has centres in most large towns in Canada. High schools divide their curriculum into “advanced” which prepares students to go to university, or “general” which prepares students to go to a community college or trade school.

High school students take the General Educational Development (GED) Diploma before completing high school, which is the recognised entrance qualification for admission to a Canadian university.

If i had to choose which one i would want then i would pick the U.S system because i'm already used to it and it seems less Complicated in Some Specific Areas. Therefore intellectually my choice would always be counted for the U.S school system.

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