Eleventh grade

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Eleventh grade (called Grade 11 in some regions) is the eleventh, and for some countries final, grade of secondary schools. Students are typically 16 or 17 years of age, depending on the country and the students' birthdays.


In Australia, Year Eleven is typically the twelfth year of education and fifth (except Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia, which it is the fourth) year of high school education. Although there are slight variations between the states, most students in Year Eleven are aged between sixteen and seventeen. Queensland year-eleven students are the youngest in the country, as they usually enter at age fifteen.

In New South Wales, Year Eleven is the shortest year as it only lasts three whole terms. Year Twelve begins its first term where Year Eleven would have its fourth.

Year Eleven is followed by Year Twelve, the final year of high school education (unless students chose to undertake the optional Year Thirteen).


In Belgium, the 11th grade is called 5ème secondaire in the French speaking part of the country, and "5de middelbaar" in the Dutch speaking part.


In all provinces and territories, except Quebec, a student continues to Grade 12 to complete their high school, or secondary, education. In Quebec, Grade 11 (sec. 5) is the final year of secondary education, followed by college, a pre-university level unique to Quebec.


The eleventh grade is the last year in secondary education. In this year, all students are required to do an internship in any subject field. To differentiate from Universities' internships, the practice is called 'alphabetisation'; most of the time is related to community services, such as teaching in schools, or assisting in hospitals or libraries. Students also do the ICFES National Test and they present to the draft for the Colombian Army. By law, the army cannot recruit under-age students; most of eleventh-graders are aged 16–17, and the draft is almost changed for the payment of a monetary fee. This year is called the senior year.

England and Wales[edit]

Main article: Sixth form

Year 12, or Lower Sixth form, is comparable to the 11th grade of other systems. It is the sixth and penultimate year of secondary education. For students who entered secondary school before September 2008,[citation needed] it is not compulsory to attend these last two years. During Year 12, three Advanced Subsidiary units are completed per subject (either written exams, coursework or a mixture, depending on subject). Usually students choose four AS-Level subjects in Year 12 (some students may decide to take three or five).

Students then enter Year 13—equivalent to 12th grade—and usually choose to drop a subject,[citation needed] going on to complete three subjects. Successful completion generally results in the award of A-Level qualifications, though BTECs can be received.


In Finland people only have three years of high school. The eleventh grade is the second grade and they usually start it at the age of 17 or 18.


The equivalent is the Première, which is the penultimate year of Secondary education in France (followed by the Terminale).

Hong Kong[edit]

In Hong Kong, the 11th grade is called Secondary 5.


It is Fifth Year or Cúigú Bhliain of Secondary School (for 15- to 17-year-olds as there is an optional year beforehand). In this year, students prepare for the Leaving Certificate.


In India, after appearing for the boards, the percentages determine the streams in which the student can study. There are three streams -

Science, which comprises Physics, Chemistry, Biology,English, Computer Science/Informatics/Physical Education/Maths/Psychology/Home Science, Commerce, which comprises Accountancy, Marketing, English, Business Studies, Informatics/Maths/Physical Education, Humanities/Arts which comprises English, Psychology, Fashion Studies/Home science, Informatics. The combination of streams can vary from Institutions.

But in abroad places, the streams are determined by the model exam, which is under the school.The stream which the students opt for are the basis of which degree they can study. Generally eleventh grade is known as +1 which originates from the term 10+1. This year is generally the continuation of grade 9 and grade 12 is the continuation of grade 10. Grade 9 and 11 are generally tough and grade 10 and 12 are generally easy.


In Malaysia, 11th grade also known as Form 5 in secondary school. The students at this stage are 17 years old, and it is the fifth year in the secondary school.

Northern Ireland[edit]

The system is similar to the English one at this age. Lower Sixth Form (Year 13), pupils start on a two-year course, at the end of which they will hopefully have gained three 'A' Levels in their chosen subjects.


In some parts the eleventh grade is the second year of high school.


Grade eleven is the first of two years in college (grade twelve being the last and final year before postgraduate and university education) and is equivalently referred to as "first year." Students in this year level are sixteen to seventeen years old.


With K to 12 law now in effect Grade 11 has been called 1st year college. Students are usually 16 – 17 years old. To be implemented by school year 2016-2017.


The eleventh grade is final year of secondary education, the end of the high school, and it is an examinational year, when training to USE is being more powerful, then in tenth grade. Priority of education in this year is given to repeat the material learned in high school (Fifth to Tenth years) in Mathematic, Russian language and in exam subjects by pupils' choice.


In Scotland, fifth year (of secondary education) or S5 is optional, where pupils will generally sit Higher qualifications which form the core entry requirements for university. It is followed by an optional final sixth year (also known as S6).


In Singapore, 11th grade is equivalent of Secondary 5 level.

Only people taking N Levels (normal academic levels) will go to secondary 5, those in express streams will take their O levels (ordinary levels) in secondary 4.


The closest equivalent to the eleventh grade is the first year of post-obligatory school, called "Bachillerato". It is not mandatory and it lasts two years between 16 and 18. It is a preparatory period during which students prepare to take the university entrance exam (Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad, PAU) and to go to university.


This is the second year of Upper Secondary School.

United States[edit]

In the US, a student in the eleventh grade is typically referred to as a junior. Juniors are the third year class of high school. Many students take the SAT Reasoning Test and/or ACT in the second half of their junior year, and those interested in pursuing higher education tend to search for places at academic institutions at that time.

Mathematics students usually take Algebra II, but classes like trigonometry or pre-calculus are sometimes offered for students who wish to take Advanced Placement math classes in their senior year. Depending on the location there may be a combination of any of the listed subjects. They may also take easier courses such as Algebra I and geometry if they do not have the required prerequisites for the more advanced courses that are listed above. Students who are advanced in mathematics often take calculus or statistics. In science classes, juniors are taught usually Biology, or Chemistry especially Lab Chemistry. Atoms, molecules, and stoichiometry is taught as well.

In English class, a college-preparatory curriculum would also include American literature. Often, English literature (also referred to as British literature) is taught in the junior year of high school. Books and authors learned include The Glass Menagerie, The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, The Great Gatsby, Jonathan Edwards, Amy Tan, and Lorraine Hansberry.

In a social studies curriculum, eleventh-graders in the United States are usually taught US history or the world from the 1870s to the 21st Century. They may also acquire more advanced world culture and geography knowledge, along with some more-advanced social studies such as psychology and government.

Many eleventh-graders in the United States opt to take a foreign language, even though it is not required in many secondary curricula.

While normally followed by twelfth grade, some colleges will accept excelling students out of this grade as part of an early college entrance program. Alternatively, some students may choose to graduate early through standardized testing or advanced credits.

See also[edit]


Preceded by
Tenth grade
Eleventh grade
age 16-17
Succeeded by
Twelfth grade or College (Québec Only)