High School

High Schools in the U.S.A


In the USA, Secondary education is for children aged 12 to 18. Secondary school generally takes place in a high school, which is often divided into junior and senior high. Junior high is for those aged 12 to 14 and senior high for students aged 15 to 17.

In some districts, students attend a combined junior/senior high school or attend a middle school until 13 (grade 8) before transferring to a four-year senior high school. Like elementary education, secondary education is co-educational. American high schools are often much larger than secondary schools in other countries, and regional high schools with over 2,000 students are common in some rural areas and city suburbs.

Secondary school students must take certain ‘core’ curriculum courses for a prescribed number of years or terms, as determined by each state. These generally include English, maths, general science, health, physical education and social studies or social sciences (which may include American history and government, geography, world history and social problems).

In addition to mandatory subjects, students choose ‘electives’ (optional subjects), which supplement their future education and career plans. Electives usually comprise around half of a student’s work in grades 9 to 12. Students concentrate on four subjects each quarter and are seldom ‘pushed’ beyond their capability or capacity for learning.

Private vs Public Schools

In the USA, as in other countries, students can enrol in a Public or Private High School.  Here is a great article about the differences between public and private schools. Just keep in mind that there are great public schools as well as private schools, one is not better than the other.

Program Options

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Program Eligibility

Typically, students must be between the ages of 12 and 17.

Contact us if you have any questions about eligibility.

Partner High Schools

Below is a sample of the High Schools we partner with. The list is not exhaustive and subject to change. Talk to us for the most up-to-date list and if you have a school in mind that is not on our list.

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Accommodation Options

Grand Pacific advisors can help find accommodations for High School aged students. The options are:

1. Room and Board: Offered by a limited number of Private Schools (Boarding Schools).

2. Homestay: We can help you find a homestay family.

Please let us know if you require accommodations.


Grand Pacific will help you arrange visas for students. Please see our visa page for more information.

Next Steps

Complete our Education Enquiry Form or Contact us for a FREE consultation to find a Canadian High School that meets your needs.


Find out more about our featured high schools on our BLOG.