US Curriculum (Grades 11/12)

US grade 11 and 12 are a part of the High school in the United States also known as Senior High school. Students in grades 11 and 12 get more independence moving to different classrooms for different subjects and being allowed to choose some of their class subjects. Students in these grades are commonly referred to as juniors (grade 11) and seniors (grade 12).

  • How many years is the program?

Senior High School for grade 11 and 12 is usually a two-year programme

  • What age groups and years is it for

The age group for students in the Senior High school would be 16 to 18 years

  • Which subjects are offered?

Students get a chance to select their preferred combination from the below subject options –

  • Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Mathematics – Statistics, Algebra, Geometry and Calculus
  • English – Oral languages, Humanities, Literature and Composition
  • Social Studies – History, Geography and Economics.
  • World Languages – French, German, Spanish
  • Arts – Drama, Music, Theatre, Visual arts
  • Computers and IT

 

Alternatively, students could also take Advanced Placement courses and examinations offered by the College Board. Students can take a combination of IB Courses, Advanced Placement and regular courses as they add up the credits needed for future college admissions.

  • What is the grading system and how are the students assessed? 

The US grading system follows two types of assessments – Formative & Summative assessments. What all assessments have in common is that they provide a snapshot of student understanding at a particular time in the learning process.
Formative assessments are used in the middle of a lesson or year to determine how students are progressing. In a Summative assessment, success is measured at the end of a checkpoint set by the teacher.

However, there is also a rank-based grading system wherein students are ranked and grades are assigned according to the rank, placing them in direct competition with one another.

Grade

percentage of students

receiving grade

A

top 20 %

B

next 20 %

C

middle 20 %

D

next 20 %

F

bottom 20 %

 

  • Key features and highlights of the curriculum 

At the High school level, students generally take a broad variety of classes without specializing in any particular subject. Students can take up a broad range of mandatory subjects, but they also have the option to choose additional subjects also called electives to fill out their required hours of learning.
A student’s High school grades are included in their official transcript for college admission. These additional subjects can help them get an opportunity to get into their preferred universities.

  • How do we help students?  (as in how Uplift helps students)

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With these coaching classes online for US, teachers not only explain the concept but also provide mock tests, schedule oral quizzes and provide guidance in solving mock papers. During online tutoring, your child will have the instructor’s undivided attention and will be able to ask and get immediate answers to all their queries.

With their extensive expertise and training, our teachers provide unique and personalized resources, assistance with extra tasks as well. We use pedagogy which is customised to the child’s strengths and learning style.

  • Useful links to other websites and blogs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_the_United_States#Secondary_education

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-structure-us.html

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