The 2 broad levels of the American education sector

Most people never really give it much thought but the American education sector has been divided into 2 broad levels with the first being the compulsory education level and the second being the higher education level.

The compulsory level has been designed to equip an individual with the basic tools they need to survive in America as regular citizens whereas the higher education level is meant to equip individuals with the necessary tools they need to survive as professionals in America and also capable of working in any part of the world.

In this article we will briefly look into these two levels of education.

The compulsory education level

The compulsory education level in the US will often begin between the ages of 5 and 7 years and end between ages 16 and 18, this will often be dependent on the age of entry and exit set by an individual state. The age of exit will also be highly dependent on an individual’s performances as they through the various sub categories under this level. The compulsory level of education entails elementary school all the way to high school where upon graduation, a student will receive their high school diploma in recognition that they have completed the compulsory level. Any student who does not go through this level is considered as a school drop-out.

The higher education level

The higher education level is essentially the post high school education. For a student to be able to go through this level they must have their high school diploma. Their ability to join university or college will depend on how well they performed in high school as well as their finances because higher education level especially in renowned colleges is expensive. This level includes non-degree vocational education and training, and degree granting education which includes undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate studies. All these institutions must be accredited by the respective state you are in.

We trust that this article has given you valuable insight on the structure of the American education system.

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