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The Student News Site of Shawnee Mission Northwest


The Student News Site of Shawnee Mission Northwest


Education in Other Countries

Most countries don’t share America’s school schedule. Foreign countries arrange their school schedules according to their different seasonal patterns and cultural habits. In the 2013-14 school year, Northwest hosted 205 school days. Let’s see how we compare to the rest of the world.


  • China has an average class size of 21 students per class, a reasonable figure considering China’s larger population
  • In China the school day starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. and the longer school days are justified by a two hour lunch period
  • Formal education in China ends after only nine years


  • Iranian students attend school for 10 months out of the year
  • Males and females are taught separately and only by teachers of their gender
  • From age five, Iranian students must pass an exam at the end of each school year to move on to the next grade level


  • Brazil has a much shorter school day with students only attending from 7 a.m. to noon
  • Lunch is thought of as the most important meal of the day in Brazil and so the school day is cut off earlier
  • The majority of schools require uniforms to be worn


  • Entire month of June is designated for exams
  • The year is divided into trimesters
  • The autumn break (Thanksgiving Break in the U.S.) in Russian schools is twice as long as those of U.S. schools


  • French students get two weeks of rest after every seven weeks of school
  • French schools will always have school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and will choose to have half a day of classes on Wednesday morning or Saturday afternoon
  • Religious apparell of any kind are prohibited in school
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