(chico and katherine)
and a "sophisticated senior"???
i think they are both pretty silly:b
i have had a couple of blogger friends who don't live in the usa ask what a "sophomore" is (because katherine is going to be a sophomore in high school this year) and how the usa's school system works.
so, i will try to explain as best i can.
although my explanation is solely based on my experience with kentucky schools, i believe it is basically the same nation-wide.
if it is different in your state, feel free to expound in your comment:D
(most school years run from september to may.)
parents have the option of sending their children to what we call "pre-k" (pre-kindergarten)/"pre-school" for kids who turn 4 before october 1st. this schooling is usually only about 3 hours a day.
kindergarten is mandatory for kids who turn 5 before october 1st. however, parents may choose to start sending their child to kindergarten the following year if they believe that their child needs the extra year for maturity. kindergarten has been transitioning from 1/2 day to full day over the past several years; most are now full day instruction.
elementary education is grade 1 through grade 5.
middle school is grade 6 through grade 8.
high school is grade 9 through grade 12.
9th graders are called freshmen.
10th graders are called sophomores.
11th graders are called juniors.
12th graders are called seniors.
students graduate in the spring of their senior year (usually around the age of 18).
a bachelor of science/arts degree is usually acquired after 4 years of college.
students in college are referred to as:
1st year - freshmen
2nd year - sophomore
3rd year - junior
4th year - senior
a master of science/arts is usually acquired after 2 years of post college/university graduation.
a doctorate is an additional 2 years.
i think (with variations) that is about it in a nutshell...
if you have any more questions, feel free to ask:D
love and blessings,