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    what do you call the parts of a school year

    1)There are semesters in a university year. What do you call the parts of a school year?

    2)There are periods in a school day. How many periods are there in a school day? How many classes doeas the average school day count?
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    Re: what do you call the parts of a school year

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    1)There are semesters in a university year. What do you call the parts of a school year?

    2)There are periods in a school day. How many periods are there in a school day? How many classes doeas the average school day count?
    1) In BrE, a semester is called "a term", in school and in university.

    2) I think each school and each country is probably different.

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    Re: what do you call the parts of a school year

    In the US (and this will vary some by state), school for children is usually held from September through May. This amounts to 36 weeks of schooling per year. Some schools use a 6-week grading period. This means that report cards are issued every 6 weeks, or six times per year. This was the way it was when I went to school. They would refer to this six week period as a "sextile."

    My daughter's school uses a 9-week grading period. So there are 4 report cards in a year. They usually just call it a "grading period."

    Colleges and universities use semesters, usually a fall and winter (or spring) semester for most students.

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    Re: what do you call the parts of a school year

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    In the US (and this will vary some by state), school for children is usually held from September through May. This amounts to 36 weeks of schooling per year. Some schools use a 6-week grading period. This means that report cards are issued every 6 weeks, or six times per year. This was the way it was when I went to school. They would refer to this six week period as a "sextile."

    My daughter's school uses a 9-week grading period. So there are 4 report cards in a year. They usually just call it a "grading period."

    Colleges and universities use semesters, usually a fall and winter (or spring) semester for most students.
    "His grades have improved since last term." Here's the sentence I've heard.
    Would it be common to call the parts of the school year "terms" in AmE? Since the speaker used the word "grades" he seems to have been an American not mentioning his accent.

    Would someone please give an answer to question #2?

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    Re: what do you call the parts of a school year

    Would someone please give an answer to question #2?[/QUOTE]emsr2d2 did so in post #2.

    Here are examples of British primary and secondary school timetable: The UK School System - Teaching Personnel. These are not really 'average' timetables - each school sets its own timetable, and periods may be as short as 35 miutes or as long 90 minutes.
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    Re: what do you call the parts of a school year

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Would someone please give an answer to question #2?
    emsr2d2 did so in post #2.

    Here are examples of British primary and secondary school timetablew: The UK School System - Teaching Personnel. These are not really 'average' timetables - each school sets its own timetable, and periods may be as short as 35 miutes or as long 90 minutes.[/QUOTE]

    Would a priod be synomymous to a lesson?

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    Re: what do you call the parts of a school year

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "His grades have improved since last term." Here's the sentence I've heard.
    Would it be common to call the parts of the school year "terms" in AmE? Since the speaker used the word "grades" he seems to have been an American not mentioning his accent.

    Would someone please give an answer to question #2?
    Yes, "term" would be a common way to say this.

    In my experience with high school and middle school, we had 8 periods per day. They were about 45 minutes each, except for "5th period" which was longer and included lunch.

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    Re: what do you call the parts of a school year

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes, "term" would be a common way to say this.

    In my experience with high school and middle school, we had 8 periods per day. They were about 45 minutes each, except for "5th period" which was longer and included lunch.
    I've been googling and I've got the word "semester" as in univerisity used in a context about high school. Could I use either "term" or "semester" for high school?

    Sorry for making a repetition, would a period be synonnymous to a lesson? Can a period refer to both a lesson and a break " I had a free period."?

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    Re: what do you call the parts of a school year

    It is not normal in my experience to talk of high school being in semesters. Semester literally refers to half of a year.

    A "period" in school is a certain time. From 8:10 to 8:55 would be first period. 9:00 to 9:45 would be second period, etc.

    A student's schedule would be different for each student. He might have math class in 1st period, Science in 2nd period, etc. If he did not have a class scheduled for a certain period he would go to a "study hall" for that period and be expected to work quietly for that time period.

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    Re: what do you call the parts of a school year

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It is not normal in my experience to talk of high school being in semesters. Semester literally refers to half of a year.

    A "period" in school is a certain time. From 8:10 to 8:55 would be first period. 9:00 to 9:45 would be second period, etc.

    A student's schedule would be different for each student. He might have math class in 1st period, Science in 2nd period, etc. If he did not have a class scheduled for a certain period he would go to a "study hall" for that period and be expected to work quietly for that time period.
    Would a lesson be close in meaning to a class? Is it obligatory to have a study hall? Could I have a break instead? Could I refer to a break as "a free period"? I was watching a teenage series "Teen Wolf" and a guy said two or more times "I had a free period."
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