Study in United States

Education in the United States is provided by both public and private schools. 

Public education is universally available, with control and funding coming from the state, local, and federal government. Public school curricula, funding, teaching, employment, and other policies are set through locally elected school boards, who have jurisdiction over individual school districts. State governments set educational standards and mandate standardized tests for public school systems.

Private schools are generally free to determine their own curriculum and staffing policies, with voluntary accreditation available through independent regional accreditation authorities. 88% of school-age children attend public schools, 9% attend private schools, and nearly 3% are homeschooled.

Education is compulsory over an age range starting between five and eight and ending somewhere between ages sixteen and eighteen, depending on the state. This requirement can be satisfied in public schools, state-certified private schools, or an approved home school program. In most schools, education is divided into three levels: elementary school, middle or junior high school, and high school. Children are usually divided by age groups into grades, ranging from kindergarten and first grade for the youngest children, up to twelfth grade as the final year of high school.

There are also a large number and wide variety of publicly and privately administered institutions of higher education throughout the country. Post-secondary education, divided into college, as the first tertiary degree, and graduate school, is described in a separate section below.

Students completing high school may choose to attend a college or university. Undergraduate degrees may be either associate's degrees or bachelor's degrees (baccalaureate).

Community college typically offer two-year associate's degrees, although some community colleges offer a limited number of bachelor's degrees. Some community college students choose to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree. Community colleges are generally publicly funded and offer career certifications and part-time programs.

Four-year institutions may be public or private colleges or universities.

Most public institutions are state universities, which are sponsored by state governments and typically receive funding through some combination of taxpayer funds, tuition, private donations, federal grants, and proceeds from endowments. State universities are organized in a wide variety of ways, and many are part of a state university system. However, not all public institutions are state universities. The five service academies, one for each branch of the armed forces, are completely funded by the federal government; the academies train students (cadets or midshipmen) to be commissioned officers in exchange for a mandatory term of military service. Additionally, some local governments (counties and cities) have four-year institutions of their own - one example is the City University of New York.

Private institutions are privately funded and there is wide variety in size, focus, and operation. Some private institutions are large research universities, while others are small liberal arts colleges that concentrate on undergraduate education. Some private universities are nonsectarian while others are religiously affiliated. While most private institutions are non-profit, a number are for profit.

Curriculum varies widely depending on the institution. Typically, an undergraduate student will be able to select an academic major or concentration, which comprises the main or special subjects, and students may change their major one or more times.

Some students, typically those with a bachelor's degree, may choose to continue on to graduate or professional school. Graduate degrees may be either master's degrees (e.g., M.S., M.B.A., M.S.W.) or doctorates (e.g., Ph.D., J.D., M.D.). Academia-focused graduate school typically includes some combination of coursework and research (often requiring a thesis or dissertation), while professional school (e.g., medical, law, business) grants a first professional degree and aims to prepare students to enter a learned profession.

Higher Education (Universities, University Colleges, Technical Institutes and Colleges)

Ace Institute of Technology, New York, New York

Bay State College, Boston, Massachusetts

Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

College of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick, Georgia

Community College of Spokane, Spokane, Washington State

Digital Film Academy (DFA), New York, New York State

Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wisconsin

Hawaii Community College, Hilo, Hawaii

Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

Los Angeles College of Music, Pasadena, California

LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas

Manhattan Institute of Management, New York, New York

Peninsula College, Port Angeles, Washington State

Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas

Santa Barbara Business College, Santa Barbara, California

Seattle Central College, Seattle, Washington State

Snow College, Ephraim, Utah

South Seattle Community College, Seattle, Washington State

The King's College, New York City, New York State

University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota

William Penn University, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Woodbury University, Burbank, California

Study in California

Study in Texas

Secondary Schools (High Schools)

Admiral Farragut Academy, St. Petersburg, Florida

American Heritage School, Plantation and Boca Delray, Florida

Besant Hill School of Happy Valley, Ojai, California

Calverton School, Huntingtown, Maryland

Chaminade College Preparatory School, St. Louis, Missouri

Clonlara School, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Hamden Hall Country Day School, Hamden, Connecticut

Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Kamuela, Hawaii

                Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Equestrian Program

John Bapst, Bangor, Maine

Journeys School, Jackson, Wyoming

Layton Christian Academy,  Layton, Utah

Lee Academy, Lee, Maine

Lincoln Academy, Newcastle, Maine

Linfield Christian School, Temecula, California

Lyndon Institute, Lyndon Centre, Vermont

Marianapolis Preparatory School, Thompson, Connecticut

McCallie School (Boys), Chattaooga, Tennessee

Mid-Pacific Institute, Honolulu, Hawaii

North Cedar Academy, Ladysmith, Wisconsin

North Country School, Lake Placid, New York

Perkiomen School, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania

Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, Georgia

Ross School, East Hampton, New York State

Saint Paul Lutheran High School, Concordia, Missouri

Solebury School, New Hope, Pennsylvania

St. Bernard's Catholic School, Eureka, California

Squaw Valley Academy, Lake Tahoe, California

The John Carroll School, Bel Air, Maryland

The Newman School, Boston, Massachusetts

The Storm King School, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Thornton Academy, Saco, Maine

Wasatch Academy, Mt. Pleasant, Utah

Washington Academy, East Machias, Maine

Wentworth Military Academy, lexington, Missouri

Woodstock Academy, Woodstock, Connecticut

Summer Camps

Camp Farwell for Girls, Newbury, Vermont

Camp Treetops, Lake Placid, New York

Camp Twin Creeks, Marlinton, West Virginia

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Summer Session

Junior Summer School at the Brooklyn School of Languages, New York City

Kings Education English Language Vacation Plus Film, Hollywood, California

North Cedar Academy Wilderness English Immersion Summer Camp, Ladysmith, Wisconsin

Perk Summer 2014, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania

Riverside Military Academy's Summer Programs, Gainesville, Georgia

Squaw Valley Academy Summer Camp, Lake Tahoe, California

Summer Institute for the Gifted SIG, Stamford, Connecticut

US Nike Sports Camps, United States of America

Language Schools

Brandon College, San Francisco, California

Global Village Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

Manhattan Language, New York, New York State

Squaw Valley Academy English Language Training, Lake Tahoe, California

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