• Liz did a really interesting presentation about the American school system, so now we can understand how it works... At the end of the article don't forget a presentation used by our teachers in 4e...

    You can read Tété's and Cesar's report, thank you boys!

     Liz nous a fait une présentation très intéressante sur le système scolaire Américain, maintenant nous comprenons mieux comment il fonctionne...

    Vous pouvez lire le reportage de Tété et César, merci les garçons! A la fin de l'article, n'oubliez pas une présentation utilisée par nos professeurs en 4e...


    School in America


    School levels:






    Ecole maternelle

    Elementary school

    Ecole primaire

    Middle school


    High school








    1st grade = ages 6-7

    11eme = 6-7 ans

    12th grade = ages 17-18

    Terminale = 17-18 ans


    Elementary school:

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    Pre school = age 3-5

    Kindergarten = age 5-6

    Ecole maternelle = 3-6 ans

    1st = age 6-7

    CP 11eme = 6-7 ans

    2nd = age 7-8

    CE1 10eme = 7-8 ans

    3rd = age 8-9

    CE2 9eme = 8-9 ans

    4th = age 9-10

    CM1 8eme = 9-10 ans

    5th = age 10-11

    CM2 7eme = 10-11 ans


    Middle school:

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    6th = age 11-12

    6eme = 11-12 ans

    7th = age 12-13

    5eme = 12-13 ans

    8th = age 13-14

    4eme = 13-14 ans


    3eme = 14-15 ans


    High school:

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    Technical school

    Lycée général ou professionnel

    9th grade = age 14-15


    10th grade = age 15-16

    2nd = 15-16 ans

    11th grade = age 16-17

    1ere = 16-17 ans

    12th grade = age 17-18

    Terminale = 17-18 ans


    Elementary school:

    • 25-30 students in each class
    • Students stay together in the same class all day
    • One teacher for all main subjects
    • Students can’t choose their courses
    • Trimester schedule: same courses all year
    • Free


    What do they learn in elementary school?

    • Language arts: reading, writing, spelling
    • Math = addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
    • Science = environment, ecosystems, animals
    • Social studies = American history, ancient world history ( china, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Rome )
    • Art
    • Music
    • Physical education ( sports )

    School day:

    • 8:45 am – 2:45 pm ( 6 hours )
    • Recess until 8:45
    • Snack break: 15 minutes in the morning
    • Lunch break: 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of recess
    • Students stay in the same classroom all day except for art, music and P.E.

    Middle school:

    • 25-30 students in each class
    • Each student has a different schedule
    • Different teacher for each subject
    • Students can choose their foreign language
    • Trimester schedule: take same classes all year except foreign language
    • Free

    What do they learn in middle school?

    Main courses


    Language art = reading, writing, spelling


    Math = geometry, basic algebra


    Science = basic chemistry, basic biology


    Social studies: American history



    Physical education (P.E)

    School day:

    Eight classes

    • Homeroom ( take attendance ) = 7h45-8h00 am
    • 1st period = 8:00-8:45 am
    • 2nd period = 8:45-9:30 am
    • 3rd period = 9:30-10:15 am
    • 4th period = 10:15-11:00 am
    • 5th period = 11:00-11:45 am
    • 6th period = 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
    • 7th period = 12:30-1:15 pm
    • 8th period = 1:15-2:00 pm

    Lunch break = 45 minutes during one of the periods


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    High school:

    • 25-30 student in each class
    • Each student has a different schedule
    • Different teacher for each subject
    • There are some course that all student have to take; after that student can choose their courses
    • Longer periods 82 minutes
    • Semester schedule; different schedule for each semester
    • Free

    What do they learn in high school?

    • English: American literature and British literature
    • Math: geometry, algebra, calculus, stat
    • Science: environmental science, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy
    • Social studies: American history, world history politics, anthropology, media and communication
    • Art: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography
    • Music: band, orchestra, chorus
    • Gym: sports, games, fitness

    School day:

    • 7:35-2:05 (6.5 hours)
    • 1st period: 7:35-9:15 am
    • 2nd period: 9:15-10:40 am
    • 3rd period: 10:45 am – 12:35 pm (longer because of lunch)
    • 4th period: 12:35-2:05 pm


    School in America

    Their holidays are: 3 days for thanksgiving, 2 weeks in October, 2 weeks in December, 1 week in March and 1 week in April. They finish school at 18 June.

    They have exam just for high school. BAC = SAT/ACT.

    We think American school is better because schooldays are shorter. What about you?

    Click on the photo to watch a great powerpoint our teachers use in 4e(be patient, it may take a little while to download)

    Cliquez sur la photo pour voir un super powerpoint utilisé par nos professeurs en 4e(soyez patient, cela peut prendre un peu de temps à charger)

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  •  Liz made a presentation about her life in Massachussets and Maine.

    Here's Clara and Amélie D's report with extracts from the presentation. Don't forget to click on the flags to see the photos. Thank you girls!

    Notre assistante Liz nous a présenté sa vie dans le Massachussets et le Maine. Voici le reportage de Clara et Amélie D. N'oubliez pas de cliquer sur les drapeaux pour voir les photos. Merci les filles!

    Liz is from Massachusetts.

    3500 people live in Andover, her home town.

    CLICK HERE : Report on Liz's presentation


     In Andover High School, there are 1800 students.

    Some school Subjects of Andover Hight School are four hours of English, Science and History, 3 hours of Maths. They choose two languages during High School: French, Spanish, German, Chinese and the last year they can choose. There are music, gym and P.E.too

    Schools days begin at 8 am to 2 pm. From Monday to Friday.

    The two highest towers of Boston:

    The Prudential Center and The John Hancock tower.

     We can visit The Prudential Center because there is an elevator, a guided tour with headset and a lot of glass to enjoy the view.

     CLICK HERE : Report on Liz's presentation


    Fun facts about Massachusetts:

    The nickname of Massachusetts is the “Bay State”.

    The Boston terrier is the state dog. The Boston Terrier looks like a French Bull Dog and their colours are Black and White.

    The Mayflower is the flower of Massachusetts. The colour of this flower is pink or white. The Mayflower is the name of the first immigrants’ ship arriving in Massachusetts in 1620.

    Massachusetts has got a state fish: the cod. The cods swim between two islands: Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

    Massachusetts’ beverage is Cranberry juice. They flood the fields so the cranberries float above the water and they harvest the Cranberries that way.

    Massachusetts dessert is the Boston Cream Pie.

    CLICK HERE : Report on Liz's presentation

    Where she went to school: Maine

    Liz  studied in Maine. It was 3 hours from her house.

    The nickname of Maine is “vacation land”.

     Lobster fishing is very important in Maine. The big males and females with eggs are released in the water to preserve the resources.

    In the 1800s people thought lobsters were not good for the health and they gave them to the slaves.

    The specialities of Maine are Apple cider, Apple cider Donuts, Apple crisps, Apple Pie, Caramel Apple.

    The activity of autumn is Apple Picking.

    Colby College:

    There are 850 students. In the dorms we can choose different options: alone, two in a bedroom or a suite for 4 to 5 students.

    There are many students coming from all over the world.

    The hill in front of Lorimar Chapel is a popular destination for sledding in winter.

     CLICK HERE : Report on Liz's presentation

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