French Education

By Jen Mejia

France is Europe’s third largest country, and its education system is vastly different from that of the United States. Preschool is the first year of education for children, and they continue through primary school until they reach the age of eleven. Students are required by law to attend school until they reach the age of 16. Preschool begins around the age of three and ends at the age of six. That is the first cycle; the following cycle is Primary School (elementary), and pupils attend from the age of six to eleven. After elementary school, students progress to middle school. Many begin at the age of 11 and continue until they are 15 years old. Although children are not obligated to attend school after the age of 16, many choose to continue their education and remain in high school until the age of 18. Relationships are significantly more formal and essential in France. Teachers are not considered or seen as friends by pupils, despite the fact that they are held in high regard, and vice versa. There is an exam called the Baccalaureat, which is a university entrance exam that is very essential to French students, therefore they study for two to three hours every night. Wouldn’t it be fun to move to France!