What two countries are we comparing in this lesson?
Australian high schools focus on teaching students how to think independently and creatively. American high schools emphasize teaching students how to work in groups and collaborate. Both countries value the importance of learning and achieving educational goals.
Different High Schools Around the World
School Structure: In Australia, high schools are divided into junior and senior schools, with junior schools spanning from Year 7-9 and senior schools spanning from Year 10-12. In the US, high schools span from 9th-12th grade. Extracurriculars: In Australia, extracurricular activities such as sports, music, and drama are offered after school and outside of school hours. In the US, extracurricular activities are offered during the school day and after school. Education System: In Australia, the education system is organized according to the national curriculum. In the US, each state follows its own set of standards for high school education.
What do you think is the biggest difference between Australian and American high schools?
- Sports and clubs available
- Academic expectations
- Social atmosphere
- School uniforms
- Extracurricular activities
Australian high schools have a higher percentage of international students than American high schools. In Australia, high school students receive an official school-issued uniform, while American high school students are usually allowed to wear whatever they want. Australian high schools offer a wider variety of subjects than American high schools.
Did you know?
What are the similarities and differences between the Australian high school and the American high school?
What are some of the unique characteristics of the Australian high school system?
How are the high school experiences different for students in Australia and the United States?
What do you think about the differences between the two high school systems?
What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of the two high school systems?