Hi Quillwitch! Well, if you've been through school or have kids at school here, you know how it goes. It's different in Scotland though. How about Mexico and the US?
Mexico´s system of education is similar to the US, although I know that in the US it tends to vary once you are finished with primary school.
I have no idea what Kindergarten looks like in the US at the moment, but i´ve heard there´s pre -k and then K.
In Mexico we have 3 years of Kindergarten ( though only K3 is obligatory).
Elementary School in the US --usually 1st through 6th though I´ve seen 1st through 4th then middle school 5th, 6th, 7th... i think i dependes on the school district. In Mexico it´s primary school 1st through 6th.
Then comes what I remember being called Junior High when I was in school in the US -- 7th, 8th and 9th grade...but I think it´s different today.
In Mexico it´s called secondary school -- 7th through 9th ( a three yr. period)
Then comes high school -- 10th, 11th and 12th grade. in the US, same in Mexico except it´s either called Prepartoria ( like prep school) or Bachillerato. Sometimes these school offer a technical degrees and so you graduate with high school plus technical, otehr times, it just prepares y for University.
College in the US is usually the first 2 yrs of general education that prepares you for the career you will be going into at the University or it is a technical school, you can get an Associate of arts ( 2 yr career) and some colleges offer 4 yr careers. If you are going to study say, Medicine, then you are off to University after college.
In Mexico, the University education is very different. There is no college, really. There are some technical schools where you can get a 2 or 3 year degree if you want to be a kindergarten teacher or an assistant nurse, things like that. Usually called Vocational College. But if you are going into something like Medicine or Laws or Engineering, you go straight to University and get all of your education there, usually it´s a 5 to 7 yr education. Unless you are going into the priesthood which i think is ten years!!