PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOL
In America, students are attending elementary (primary) and secondary school for in total 12 years. These years are called 1st through 12th grades. After kindergarten (some also go to pre-kindergarten) U.S. children go to primary school, which is usually called elementary school at around age six.
After five or six years they move on to secondary school. Secondary school generally includes two programs: first they attend ‘middle school’, also called junior high’ (without ‘school’), and the second stage is ‘high school.’
When they graduate from high school (12th grade), students will be awarded a diploma or certificate, which allows for a college or university education (known as ‘higher education’). Some students don’t finish high school, they can get a GED diploma.
Many students who try to get the GED certificate are working individuals so they use online programs to get ready for the GED test. Students need to pass the exam that contains 4 subjects. This GED exam can be taken only in the official GED centers, it’s not offered online. So never attempt to buy online the GED diploma!
THE GRADING SYSTEM