Have you ever visited Quebec?
The school year usually begins at the beginning of September (right after Labor Day, the 'Labor Day' on the first Monday in September) and is divided into two semesters of five months each. The second semester starts without a break at the beginning of February and continues until the end of June. Private high schools often have a three-term system, which is one of the reasons why a year-round stay here makes the most sense for young people from Germany. In summer there are around two months of summer vacation everywhere, a time when, by the way, many programs also offer the popular summer camps for guest students. The school day usually runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In Canada you are taught either according to the linear or the semester system. The linear system provides about eight courses for one school year, which are taught alternately on a daily basis. On A days, for example Monday, Wednesday, Friday, you have four subjects, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the B days, you are taught four other subjects. In the following week, A and B days change to the other days of the week. In the semester system, you have the same four subjects every day of the semester. In the second semester you take four other courses. Each school subject takes place in block lessons, which corresponds to about a double period. Many young people who have had a taste of this course system have found it positive: if you have a double period in a subject three or even five times a week, particularly intensive learning is possible.
With the help of the guidance counselor, you will put together your own schedule. The school district may require a compulsory subject or two, usually math and sometimes English or a science. It gets exciting with the electives: There are job-related courses (Office Management, Business and Leadership, Economics), courses for those interested in technology (robotics, web design, aviation, film production), those with artistic backgrounds (architecture, fashion design, painting), those with musical talent ( Musical Composition) and Craftsmen (Metal Works, Wood Working). Some subjects provide an insight into Canadian history or indigenous cultures, and language courses can be used to learn Chinese, Spanish or Japanese. Projects are carried out together in subjects such as Food and Nutrition, Yearbook or Musical - ideal for talking to classmates!
The equipment of Canadian high schools is far more modern and extensive than that of many German schools. There you will find well-stocked libraries, modern sports facilities and fully equipped chemistry laboratories. It's not uncommon to have smart boards in every classroom and students to work with laptops that they use for study and homework.
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