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Two schools follow us

After our presentations in these two elementary schools, the class of the level "CM1-CM2"and its teacher Valérie Escarnot, and the class of the level "CE2-CM1" and ts teacher Jacques Vionnet from the school Antoine Lyonnet in Saint-Laurent-en-Grandvaux (Jura, East of France), as well as the classe of the level "CM2" from the school Jean Macé à Vergèze (Gard, South of France) follow us via our blog and by e-mail.

Presentations in 2 primary schools before we left

We presented our travels in 2 elementary schools:

See below for the corresponding grades in North American Schools

During these presentations, we used different back-ups: videos, pictures and geographical maps. We also showed them our bikes, all loaded with the paniers.

Lost in the Franch school system?

The French system is quite different from the American system. To try to explain you how it works, we found information on the website of the French ambassy in the USA about primary and secondary education.

In France, school is compulsory from six to sixteen years old. From nursery school to higher education, families have the option of sending their children to free and coeducational public schools, or to pay for private ones. If you choose a state-run school for your child, you must choose one in your neighborhood. The local city hall (mairie) will tell you what your options are. From the age of 2 or 3 children can attend the local kindergarten (maternelle), which is state run and administered by the local authorities.

* Comparison of the educational system in France and in the U.S.

Age In France In the U.S.
Maternelle Daycare & Kindergarten
2-3 yrs old Maternelle (petite section) 2-3 yrs old Preschool (Daycare)
3-4 yrs old Maternelle (petite section) 3-4 yrs old Preschool (Daycare)
4-5 yrs old Maternelle (moyenne section) 4-5 yrs old Preschool
5-6 yrs old Maternelle (grande section) 5-6 yrs old Kindergarten

Ecole primaire Elementary school
6-7 yrs old CP 1st grade
7-8 yrs old CE1 2nd grade
8-9 yrs old CE2 3rd grade
9-10 yrs old CM1 4th grade
10-11 yrs old CM2 5th grade
Collège Junior High School
11-12 yrs old Sizième 6th grade
12-13 yrs old Cinquième 7th grade
13-14 yrs old Quatrième 8th grade
14-15 yrs old Troisième     Highschool
Lycée 14-15 yrs old = 9th grade
15-16 yrs old Seconde 10th grade
16-17 yrs old Première 11th grade
17-18 yrs old Terminale 12th grad

At 15 or 16 the more academic children go to the "lycée" to prepare for the "baccalauréat" (commonly called the bac). Less academically inclined students attend a vocational/technical school or get practical training. The bac is the high school diploma taken at 18 or 19 which guarantees entry into university.

* Education system in Spain

In principle, there are not many differences between the French and the Spanish education system:

Age
6-7 1º  de Educación Primaria
7-8 2º de Educación Primaria
8-9 3º de Educación Primaria
9-10 4º de Educación Primaria
10-11 5º de Educación Primaria
11-12 6º de Educación Primaria
12-13 1º de Educación Secundaria Obligatoria
13-14 2º de Educación Secundaria Obligatoria
14-15 3º de Educación Secundaria Obligatoria
15-16 4º de Educación Secundaria Obligatoria
Título de Graduado en Educación Secundaria
16-17 1º de Bachillerato
17-18 2º de Bachillerato
Título de Bachiller.
Examen de Selectividad

There is a first certificate, that allows you to be Graduado en Educación Secundaria. Next, the Bachillerato, that corresponds to the French “Lycée.” At the end of the Bachillerato, the Selectividad, a big evaluation test that selects students depending on the available places in the different universities and on the grades achieved in the Selectividad exam. After the Bachillerato there are also Ciclos Formativos de Grado Superior, as for non-university professional education.

* Education system in Latin America

Since the education systems in Latin America change from one country to another and we don’t know them well, we would greatly appreciate any kind of contribution. Please, send us an email with some information about the education system in your country and we will be pleased to include it in this section.  Write to:

contact@planete-durable-solidaire.org

Thank you very much.

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