Could you please list all levels of school in low-to-high order? I know only these: elementary school, secondary school and high school.
If possible, could you give more information on each kind of school?
Thank you so much!
When I was a child, it was:
Nursery/playschool (age 3-5)
First school (5-8)
Middle school (8-12)
High/secondary school (12-16) - There also used to be grammar schools. You had to take an exam to get into them (called the "Eleven Plus") and if successful you attended from 11 to 16.
Sixth Form College (16-18)
University (18-21 or 22)
However, now I believe the age ranges have changed and it's:
Nursery/kindergarten (age 3-4 or 5)
Primary School (4/5 to 7/8)
Junior School (7/8 to 11)
Secondary School (11-16)
Sixth Form College / City College / various different names for institutes of higher education (16-18)
That's in England. I don't know about Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland as far as the UK goes.
Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Jun-2011 at 10:48. Reason: typo
In the US, you usually start kindergarten (part of the public school system in most places) at the age of 5. (You may attend pre-school for a few days a week when you are 3 and 4. These are private and not part of the public school system.)
Most elementary schools go to 5th or 6th grade, so you are 11 or 12 when you finish that school.
I went to junior high, grades 7 and 8, but most schools these days are middle schools, grades 6-8.
High school is grades 9-12 in most places. The four years are freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. Most students are 18 when they graduate from high school.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.