Secondary Education in the US
Junior high school (or middle school) and Senior high school together provides secondary education to the children. Junior high school refers to grade six through eight and high school begins with ninth grade and progresses to twelfth grade.
The mandatory subjects which are taught in US high schools include:
- Science - biology, chemistry and physics
- Mathematics - statistics, algebra, geometry and calculus
- English - oral languages, humanities, literature and composition
- Social Sciences - history, geography and economics.
Most of the states have made health courses mandatory so that the students learn about first-aid, nutrition, sexuality and drug awareness. Art, foreign language and physical education is also made compulsory by some schools in the curriculum.