Greece

Sage Ellsbury, News

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Have you ever thought about schools outside of the U.S? How long is their school day? How many hours do they spend on homework? Do they have male and female teachers? What about Greece? 

Greeces primary school (elementary) has a school year from September 11th to June 15th, and a school day from 8:15 to 1:15. The classes last between 45 and 90 minutes with 3 breaks. The students have summer vacation (about 3 months), Christmas vacation (2 weeks) and Easter vacation (2 weeks). 

Secondary school (middle and high) Secondary education lasts six years, from age 11 and a half to 17 and a half. It is divided into two three-year successive cycles. The lower three grades are the gymnasium. The upper three grades are the lyceum. One period in  secondary school will last for 45 minutes. Secondary students spend six or seven hours in school per day.

Most students in Greece attend public schools of all levels,the tution is free, while less than 10% of the student population enrolls in private schools. Education in Greece is compulsory for all children between the ages of 6 and 17. Homeschooling is only allowed in Greek law in the case of children with special needs. The law states that in exceptional cases, education can occur in the home with direct supervision and materials from the school. Schools in Greece are similar to the schools in America.