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Tóth Árpád Gimnázium, a secondary school in Debrecen, Hungary

A secondary school is an organization that provides secondary education and the building where this takes place. Some secondary schools provide both lower secondary education and upper secondary education (levels 2 and 3 of the ISCED scale), but these can also be provided in separate schools, as in the American middle and high school system.

Secondary schools typically follow on from primary schools and prepare for vocational or tertiary education. Attendance is compulsory in most countries for students until the age of 16. The organisations, buildings, and terminology are more or less unique in each country.

In Australia, a person will generally start secondary school when they are at the age of twelve and finish when they are either 16 or 18, depending on whether they finish with years 11 and 12. In secondary school, a person will advance through the year levels (or grades) each year.

In the United Kingdom, a person generally starts secondary school at age 11 and finish at either 16 or 18 depending on whether the secondary school has a sixth form offering post 16 education.

In education in the United States, secondary school is usually divided into two separate schools. One is called middle school and consists of grades 6, 7, and 8. And the other is called high school and consists of grades 9 through 12. A person generally starts middle school at age 11 or 12; starts high school at age 14; and finishes at age 17 or 18.

Generally there are five to six years of high school. The first year of high school is normally either grade 7 or 8, and then proceeds on to year 10 or 12.

In some schools in Australia years 11 and 12 are just a normal part of high school. Though some other schools may only progress through to year 10, in this case students will then go to college (years 11 and 12).

At the end of secondary school, students will usually take a unified examination. For example, students finishing secondary school in England take the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE).

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