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Mina Hensley, Feature

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Hockey and maple syrup, two things that Canada is famous for. Canada is also said to have one of the best school systems and is well funded. They have a similar school system as America; both grading systems are nearly identical: 

A- 90-100

B-80-89

C-70-79

D-60-69

F-below 60

      Schools in Canada start on the 1st of September. School is held Monday through Friday.  The age that one would start school is between the ages of 5 and 6, though some go to preschool and that is ages 2-5. Primary School is what Canadians call the elementary school. Primary School consists of kids ages 5-11, it starts at 8:30 am and can go to 3:00 pm or 3:30 pm with an hour lunch break and two 15 minute recesses.

 The next step up is Secondary school, ages 12-18 and is normally held in two different buildings. Secondary school can go to 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Canada has semester high schools so instead of eight subjects being taught throughout the year they have four 70 minute lessons a day each term. There is an average of six hours of homework a week. For lunch, the school provides hot food for a low cost or free, the school also promotes bring your own lunch from home.    

 Sports and other activities are scheduled after school. Sports such as hockey, football,  lacrosse, cricket, and soccer. The extracellular activities can include art club, choir, band, drama club, friendship club, and student council. Since Canada has two official languages (French and English) they required to learn french in school. In some places, French is their first language. Dress code is enforced, it can vary from district to district.  Dress code isn’t special in Canada it is just the same old regular rules no inappropriate dresses or revealing tops. Punishment can vary but most of it is the same, after school detention, in-school suspension, and out of school suspension.