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The American and British school curricula:
differences, advantages, and further choice of the university

The American and British school curricula have several key differences in terms of structure, content, and assessment methods.

Here are some of the notable distinctions:



  • The American education system is divided into three main levels: elementary school (grades K-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12).

  • It follows a system of credits, with students earning credits for completing courses.

Standardized Testing:


  • The British education system is divided into stages, including Early Years Foundation Stage (ages 3-5), Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7), Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11), Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14), Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16), and Key Stage 5 (ages 16-18).

  • Students typically study a broader range of subjects until the end of Key Stage 4.


  • Standardized tests like the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) and ACT (American College Testing) are commonly used for college admissions.

  • State-specific assessments may also be required.


  • Students in England and Wales take the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations at the end of Key Stage 4.

  • In Scotland, students take National 4 and National 5 qualifications.

Grading System:


  • Letter grades (A, B, C, etc.) are commonly used, and Grade Point Average (GPA) is often calculated.


  • Grades for GCSEs and A-levels are typically on an A*-U scale (A* being the highest).

Focus on Specialization:


  • There's often an emphasis on a broad education with some degree of specialization in high school.


  • Students tend to specialize earlier, particularly in the sixth form (ages 16-18) when they focus on a smaller number of subjects.

Subjects and Curriculum Content:


  • Students have a wide range of elective courses to choose from, allowing for greater customization of their education.


  • Students often follow a more prescribed curriculum, especially up to Key Stage 4. A-levels provide more subject-specific options.

Teaching Style:


  • Emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, and practical application of knowledge.


  • Traditional teaching methods with a focus on academic rigor and depth of knowledge.

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Studying in the American program your child will be able to enroll in any university in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, China, and any other country. 

It will be just as easy for you to switch from one system of education to another if you need to change your place of residence.

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