This guide will give you an overall view of how the school system works in
the U.S. and will provide you with useful resources. As you will note by
the table of contents, you can focus on one or multiple areas. Each section
is a repository of relevant information where you can dig deeper into this
topic. If you're a first-time visitor to this site, we suggest that you
first look at the short introduction. It covers basic information and
should give you a sense of other topics you might want to focus on.
1. Introduction This chapter provides a brief description of how education in the United States is organized and funded.
This chapter explains in detail the structure of the United States education system. It also includes short discussions of important topics, like parental involvement and how age is calculated.
3. Early Childhood Education
This chapter explores the many options available for early childhood education and provides a number of websites to help you decide what type of child care/education is best for your family.
4. Primary and Secondary Education
This chapter discusses what subjects your child will study in primary and secondary school. The importance of extracurriculars in the U.S. Education System is also discussed.
8. School Age Child Care
This chapter discusses before and after school care for children already in primary school, including important factors to consider when choosing a program for your child.
9. Resources for Choosing a School
This chapter looks at the important characteristics and questions to consider when deciding what primary/secondary school your child will attend. It also contains some suggestions for how parents can find out more about the schools they are considering.
10. Immunization Requirements
This chapter lays out the immunizations required for children entering preschool and primary/secondary school in Minnesota.
11. High School Curriculum Options
This chapter looks that the different curriculum options for your high school student, including advanced placement (AP) classes and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
12. Gifted and Talented
This chapter discusses many of the options available for gifted and talented students in Minnesota, including programs for post-secondary credit and distance learning programs.
13. Assessment and Testing
This chapter looks at the standardized tests required by the federal government and the state of Minnesota. It also provides information on how parents can view the test results.
14. Elementary and Secondary School Logistics
This chapter provides information on topics, other than education, that are important to consider when sending your child to school. The topics include transportation, enrollment procedures, parent-teacher conferences, and meals.