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Elementary School in Romania
At the age of six or seven, Romanian children are sent to elementary school. While there are some private elementary schools in Romania, most elementary schools are public. Typically, elementary school programs last for a total of eight years. Even though public elementary school is free, parents are frequently asked to purchase schools uniforms, books, and writing utensils.
Children are sent to elementary school according to geographic location. However, it is possible for parents to pre-select a school in another area. Schools that have gained positive reputations are often in-demand, and many children travel to these schools on a regular basis. Due to overcrowding, those schools that are popular tend to split classes according to a time schedule. As a result of time scheduling, some children are required to attend school until 8pm or later.
The elementary school program begins towards the middle of September and concludes towards the end of June each year. Typically, elementary schools are split into two different semesters including a winter (September to February) and summer (February to June) semester. As with most other public school systems across the globe, Romanian elementary students enjoy various vacation days (including Christmas, Easter, and summer).
For the first four years of elementary school, one teacher is responsible for teaching most subjects. In some instances, specialized teachers may be hired to teach subjects such as computers or languages. At the end of four years, each class is split according to academic testing. Beginning with the fifth grade, one teacher is assigned to each subject. While some students may be placed in advanced learning classes, others may be placed in general classes.
Elementary school grading is split into two different categories. Students who are in the first four years of school are graded on a marking system. This system includes four distinctive marks ranging from “Foarte bine (FB)” to “Nesatisfacator (N/I).” Those students who receive an N/I mark must pass a written examination that is held during the summer months. Students who do not pass this examination must repeat the failed grade. Placement tests are given throughout the year, and these tests determine a student’s present academic standing.
Students who are enrolled in grades five through twelve are graded using a numerical system MRE. This system ranges from 10 (best) to 1 (failure). Students must achieve a marking of 5 in order to avoid repeating a specific grade. In addition, students are required to pass subject examinations on occasion. Elementary school students are taught a variety of subjects ranging from mathematics to some literature. Various extra-curricular activities may be organized by some teachers during elementary school, though these activities are rare. Following elementary school, most students move on to high school. As with kindergarten and elementary school, high school in Romania is quite different from high school in North America.