The current educational system in the United States is characterized by a number of peculiarities.
The United States does not have a national education system.


Within the United States there are approximately 120,000 schools, 27.000 of them are private. Six-year-old children enter elementary school and study there during six or eight years. After finishing elementary school, students must enter junior high school for additional three years.


Most schools in the United States use a four-point scale (the first 5 letters of the alphabet). Students must maintain a 'B' grade average during their study in secondary school to enter high school.


The next grade level is high school. It's also known as "universal". High education is offered to all young people who want to continue learning after compulsory schooling. Approximately 30% graduate students enter universities.


There is no single educational standard for higher education institutions in the
USA. In the USA there are more than 4.000 higher education institutions, called "college", "school", "institute", "university". Higher education in the USA is characterized by a variety of education programs, disciplines and courses.


In the United states local colleges, colleges with elementary education programs and technical colleges (both private and public) provide students with technical education programs. The terms "college" and "university" are often interchangeable, although, they may not be identical.
Oftentimes United States colleges offer four-year degree programs. Universities pay attention to research work and oftentimes are composed of professional schools, colleges with elementary education programs of humanitarian and exact sciences disciplines and higher education colleges.
American educational institutions occupy about 50-65 positions of the world's top 100 universities.

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