If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you would’ve noticed that I mostly read young adult books and fantasy. Most of the contemporary fiction books that I read are set in the States although I’ve also read a couple of books set in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. When you read YA books, most of the characters are teenagers so therefore, they go to school. Do you ever wonder why school systems differ from one country to another? I mean I’d understand that school terms would depend on the seasons, like vacations should be set during summer, but the grade levels are also different.
I live in the Philippines so I thought I’d paint a picture of how the school system works here. School starts in June and ends in March. Summer here occurs from March to May and the school summer vacation only has two months – April and May. I’ll skip the pre-school years and go straight to grade school. Our grade school years start with grade one and end in grade six. Some schools have grade seven but that’s optional and not really a requirement. After grade school, we have four years of high school – freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. After high school, there’s college. Depending on your major, you can have four or five years of college. My major was Electronics Communications Engineering so I spent five years in college.
I know that school systems are different in each country. I’m familiar with the US system since I’ve read a lot of books and watched a lot of movies/TV shows based in the States. There’s grade school, middle school, high school and college, right? I’m not sure how different the systems in other countries are. Maybe we just have different names for the year levels: like the senior level in high school is called Year Twelve in Australia or seventh form in New Zealand (correct me if I’m wrong, I just deduced these based on what I’ve read). In the UK, I think they have a junior college before they go off to university.
If you’re from any country that has a different school system, feel free to enlighten me with your comments. Or am I the only one who finds this fascinating?