secondary education, the second stage traditionally found in formal education, beginning about age 11 to 13 and ending usually at age 15 to 18. The dichotomy between elementary education and secondary education has gradually become less marked, not only in curricula but also in organization.
United States: High school (North America) (usually grades 9–12 but sometimes 10–12, it is also called senior high school) is always considered secondary education; junior high school or intermediate school or middle school (6–8, 7–8, 6–9, 7–9, or other variations) are sometimes considered secondary education.
: a school intermediate between elementary school and college and usually offering general, technical, vocational, or college-preparatory courses.
Secondary education covers children aged 14 to 18, a group comprising 88.5 million children according to the 2001 Census of India. The final two years of secondary is often called Higher Secondary (HS), Senior Secondary, or simply the "+2" stage.
Typically, secondary school is grades 7 to 11, 12 or 13, depending on the province. These would all be considered post-secondary: college, community college, CEGEP, undergraduate certificate or diploma, associates degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate or diploma, master degree, doctoral degree.
According to ISCED97, secondary education is divided into two levels: lower secondary (Grade 6-8) and upper secondary (Grade 9-12). In the case of Pakistan, middle school (Grade 6-8)1 corresponds to the former while Grade 9-10 (Matriculation) is considered to be Secondary.
Secondary school consists of two programs: the first is “middle school” or “junior high school” and the second program is “high school.” A diploma or certificate is awarded upon graduation from high school. After graduating high school (12th grade), U.S. students may go on to college or university.
Post-16 education provided full- or part-time in further education colleges, or in sixth-form colleges, is considered to be further education. Education provided full-time in the sixth form of a school is considered to be secondary education and is subject to schools regulations.
The Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC), also known as Intermediate, is a public examination taken by the students of Higher Secondary School or Intermediate college (Junior college) in Pakistan.
The HSC acronym stands for the Higher secondary board comprising two years from classes XI and XII that leads to the higher secondary exam.
The Higher Secondary School Certificate, also known as HSSC, is an examination taken by students after taking Secondary School Certificate (SSC) / IGCSE / O LEVEL. The students of the age of 16 to 18 years are eligible for taking this Higher Secondary School examination.
Although definitions vary, the senior secondary years are sometimes defined as being from approximately age 15 to age 18. The term generally includes eleventh grade and twelfth grade, and may sometimes also include tenth grade.
In the United States school system, secondary school is usually divided into two separate schools. One is called middle school and consists grades 6, 7, and 8. And the other is called high school and has grades 9 through 12.
Senior Secondary Education is the higher level of Secondary Education. Kids in Senior Secondary are about 15 to 18 years of age and are in the phase of being young adults. The senior secondary years of a student involves the 11th & 12th grade of a student.
Secondary schools in Australia are also called high schools and colleges (or junior, intermediate, or senior colleges). Secondary schools vary across each Australian state and territory, but they generally cover Year 7 to Year 10 (compulsory period of education) and beyond to Year 12.
Secondary school types and corresponding school years
|School type||School years covered|
|Secondary school||Years 7 to 11|
|Middle school||Years 5 to 8|
|Upper school||Years 9 to 11|
|University technical college||Years 9 to 11|
1385 secondary schools
This figure to the right represents the percentage of primary, secondary, combined and special schools in Australia. In total there are 6256 primary schools, 1385 secondary schools, 1321 combined schools and 435 special schools around the country.
Tertiary education, also referred to as third-level, third-stage or post-secondary education, is the educational level following the completion of secondary education. The World Bank, for example, defines tertiary education as including universities as well as trade schools and colleges.
Secondary education in the Philippines is also known as high school, and it consists of two levels: Lower Secondary Education (Junior High school): Grades 7 to 10. Upper Secondary Education (Senior High school): Grades 11 to 12.
Tertiary education in Australia is formal education beyond high school, consisting of both government and private institutions and divided into two sectors; vocational education and training (which includes TAFEs) and higher education (which includes universities).
These days, tertiary education is much more diversified and encompasses new types of institutions such as polytechnics, university colleges, or technological institutes.