High School Vs. The American School System Essay

720 Words Sep 23rd, 2015 3 Pages
When I look back at my High School experience transferring from my secondary school in St. Kitts & Nevis (Caribbean) to high school in Washington, D.C. was a challenge. The British School System compared to the American School System is quite different; several words are spelled differently, the class setting and learning styles. I also had to deal with the culture shock from moving from a third world country back home despite being a Washingtonian.
From my personal experience in the Caribbean The British School System has a more competitive edge towards academics. In America High School students take the SAT/ACT during junior and senior year to show their academic talent. They use these test scores and their grade point averages to apply to distinct universities to continue their studies. In the British School System during the sixth grade (primary school) students take the Test of Standards to place them in separate forms in Secondary School based on their academic level. These forms are 1A1, 1A2, 1A3 and 1A4, students in 1A1 are known as the honor students and every level lower is a debilitated education level. Personally I disapproved of this idea mainly because the lower levels took less classes with poor teachers and the classes were unstable. I was placed in 1A1 and was highly ranked on the island for my academic achievements.
I achieved multiple certificates however one award created much tension on the island. I received the award for the highest social studies…

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