school career

cinnamon

Member
ITALIAN
Hello to all!

In my next English lesson I'll have to explain my school career. Well, some problems of my speech regards to the terms.
1. do you say
  • junior school
    [*]lower school
    [*]elementary school?
[for children up to 10?]

2. Afterwards, do pupils go to middle school or to junior high school?
[up to 13/14?]

3. Then, young people have different choice as secondary school:
art school
secondary school focusing on humanities
secondary school focusing on sciences
ect...
is that right?

4. Finally: the University!...:eek:
there are BA (without thesis)
MA, 4/5 years, with thesis

If I have a 4 years degree in Philosophy with thesis,
can I say Philosophy is my laurea degree course?
And what about th University? Will it be liberal-arts college?


thanks ;)
Cinnamon



 
  • Nick

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    cinnamon said:
    1. do you say
    • junior school
    • lower school
    • elementary school?
    Elementary school

    cinnamon said:
    2. Afterwards, do pupils go to middle school or to junior high school?
    [up to 13/14?]

    Either (or both!). Some places have "middle school" and some places have "junior high school" and a few even have both. There is no strict difference between these terms -- the school chooses what to call itself. Typically, schools with 6th grade are "middle schools" and schools with 9th grade are "junior high schools". Schools that have just 7th and 8th are called either term.

    There is no strict "these grades are in these schools" or "these schools are called these names". Education is up to the state government; it is not a federal affair. Each district inside the state then can make these decisions itself, too. IOW, it is random.

    cinnamon said:
    3. Then, young people have different choice as secondary school:
    art school
    secondary school focusing on humanities
    secondary school focusing on sciences
    ect...
    is that right?

    In America, no. After middle school/junior high school, you go to high school (hence the name junior high school... it's before high school). This is grades 9 - 12 or 10 - 12, usually.

    cinnamon said:
    4. Finally: the University!...:eek:
    there are BA (without thesis)
    MA, 4/5 years, with thesis

    If I have a 4 years degree in Philosophy with thesis,
    can I say Philosophy is my laurea degree course?
    And what about th University? Will it be liberal-arts college?

    Yes, then it is either university or college. Colleges typically (but not always!) offer only 2-year degrees while universities offer 4-year degrees and sometimes additional programs (beyond four years is called graduate school, and then is specialized (eg: medical school, law school, etc.)).

    "Liberal arts" sounds like a good description of the college/university you are talking about.
     
    Top