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How many hours per day do kids go to school in Australia?

When does school start/end each day in elementary, middle and high school?

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Schools are very different in Australia than America. For one thing, we learn about the world around us.

We have Pre-school maybe 1-2 hours 2 times a week for 2-3year olds. Parents go too and they paint and play and stuff.

Kindergarden here is not school, there is 3 year old kinder and 4 year old kinder, both the same thing. Kids go for anywhere between 2.5 and 5 hours 2 or 3 times a week and paint, play, make, create.

Then there's Primary school, most kids start at 5 years old, some do at 4 or 6. Primary school includes Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5 and Grade 6. You go from 9-3.30 at my old primary school, Mon-Fri obviously.

After that we go to High School, which includes Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12. My school hours are currently 9.00-3.10, however on Wednesday's we (year 12s) finish at 12.30.

That's my school times in Melbourne Victoria.

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Jemma K
Primary school kids go 6 hours per day, starting at 9am and finishing at 3pm.
When they get to highschool and college they usually go 6 hours, but some schools tack on an extra half hour or so.

You have answers regarding school hours around Australia.
Often Private, Independant and Church schools have a longer school day and longer holidays (vacation) than the state (public) schools.

We only have Primary school and Secondary or High school, no Middle school.

We don't have elementary, middle and high school, just primary (kindy to year 6) and high school (years 7 to 12).
Primary schools usually start at around 9, and finish at around 3.
Times for high schools, however, can vary.
Eg these two high schools in my area:
School 1- starts at 8:45, finishes at 3:00, Monday to Friday.
School 2- starts at 8:45, finishes at 2:10 on Mondays, 2:45 on Tuesdays (or 12:30 for year 11 and 12s), 3:00 Wednesday- Friday
I'd say the average is 6 hours a day.

We have a different tier of schooling in Australia. Primary - Kindergarten to year 6, and Secondary - Year 7 to Year 12. We don't call our grades sophomores or seniors, etc..

Generally schools hours are between 8.00am and 4.00pm with primary school kids attending approx 6 hours and high school 6.5 hours. This varies between schools and private schools can also be longer hours. Never more then 7 hours in my experience unless you go to a senior college, some of these have a 4 day week so you are there for longer hours.

Both answers are correct. Each individual school has varying hours, but they usually lie between 8am - 9am start and 2pm - 3pm finish, on average. In NSW and most other states there are 4 terms per year, with a 2 week break between each term. We have roughly 6 weeks of holiday during Christmas, which is basically our version of summer vacation. In NSW (and I think many other states), in senior high school you have a leaving certificate (called HSC in NSW) which is based around subjects you select in year 11. On average you do 6 x 2 Unit subjects for a total of 12 units. If you pick a 3 unit or 4 Unit subject you may need to attend extra hours at school for these subjects.

Different states have different hours. In SA primary is Year 1-7, high school is 8-12. High school is 9-3.30pm with some school having one early day that finishes around 3pm

Kylie B
Im in Western australia
From pre-school ( 5 yr old) its normaly 3 or 4 half days
from yr 1-7 ( ages 6 - 12 )which is primary school - its gereraly 6 hours . 9 - 3 is the norm
from yr 8-12 ( ages 13 - 17 ) is high school. and thats around 6 hours aswell , from 9-3
years 11 and 12 are seniors and depending on how many classes they choose , they may finish the day earlier or even start later then others ( while others have a free period in the middle of the day)
each term goes for around 6 weeks?? i think , 2 week break inbetween terms and around 6 weeks holiday over christmas

But every school varys slightly and every State / territory varys aswell

In primary school I went to school from 8:25 - 3:35
and now in secondary school I go from 8:30 - 3:30
So it's about 7 hours.
Those are private school times though.
Public schools run for less time in my state.

Primary - around 9.00 - 3.00.
High school - 8.30 to 3.05 for me

From other answers, it is obviously different all over Australia.

My child, in Queensland, started middle school in year 7, her primary school ended in year 6.
She moves up to senior school for years 11 and 12.

Her middle school hours are 8:45 to 3:15, 5 days a week.

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