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Secondary school is a term used to describe an educational institution where the final stage of compulsory schooling, known as secondary education, takes place. It follows on from elementary or primary education.

There are many different types of secondary school, and the terminology used varies around the world. Children usually transfer to secondary school between the ages of 10 and 16 years, and finish between the ages of 16 and 18 years, though there is considerable variation from country to country.

Ireland

Students are typically aged between 12 and 19. It takes six years to complete but some schools allow their students to skip the fourth year. Schools offer metalwork, woodwork, art, business studies, music, technical graphics, home economics, German, French, Spanish, and Classical Studies. Not all schools offer all of these subjects.

Canada

In Canadamarker, secondary school refers to high school (grades 912), with the exception of Quebec which goes from Secondary 1 to Secondary 5 (grades 711).

England and Wales

In Englandmarker and Walesmarker, secondary school is for children from the ages of 11 to 16 or 18. Secondary school incorporates Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 of the National Curriculum (Year Seven to Year Eleven) and can also include sixth form. After 16, compulsory education ends, and young people can decide whether to continue their studies further, either at school or sixth form college, or start working.

Hong Kong

In Hong Kongmarker, the Government provides a nine-year compulsory education to students in the territory. Students are promoted to secondary schools after finishing their primary school education. Presently, secondary schools have seven grades (Form/Secondary 1-7), but starting from school year 2009–2010, the 3–3–4 scheme will be implemented, and Form 4–6 will be changed into Senior Secondary 1–3, while Form 7 will be cancelled and universities will provide four years of education instead of the present three years.

United States

Following the European model, "secondary school" is considered the first grade beyond elementary. This is the 6th or 7th grade in the U.S. Normally, U.S. schools are segregated by grades, 7th and 8th graders in one building, 9-12 in another building.

In the United Statesmarker, the term can refer to two types of schools. The first type is the same thing as a high school (grades 912) while the second type refers to an alternative school which is sometimes called a secondary school. For example, the school "Richmond Secondary" refers to the traditional high school, while "Richmond Secondary School" refers to an alternative school.

Nomenclature

The names used to describe the institutions used for secondary education vary from country to country. Sometimes, the same terminology is used in different countries but with very different meanings.



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