The Secondary School caters for pupils from ages 12 to 18
They are collectively known as the ‘Senior School’.
Secondary Education cycle
This is a six-year stage which covers grade 7 to Grade 12, from age 12 to 18. Secondary education is divided into two main branches namely, academic/general and technical/vocational. The choice of either branch is up to pupils themselves. The academic branch, also known as the "theoretical branch" is divided into four mainstreams namely, literature and culture, socio-economic, physics-mathematics, and finally experimental sciences. The technical/vocational branch is particularly designed to train technicians for the labor market. This branch covers three mainstreams namely, technical, business/vocational, and agriculture. There are specific subject and performance requirements for admission to some secondary programs. National examinations are conducted at the end of each grade during the secondary cycle. For the curricula and educational system see the diagrams in appendix A.
The Ministry of Education has been studying a new secondary education system for several years. The new plan which was approved in 1990 aims at upgrading the quality of secondary cycle by making use of latest educational developments. Having finished their primary school, students can proceed to secondary cycle choosing either vocational/technical or academic branch. The secondary graduates who are interested in post-secondary education must complete one preparation year to be entitled for attending the university entrance examination known as KONKUR. This nation-wide examination serves as the general National Entrance Examination for admission to universities
3 year schedule by number of hours per week
History and Geography
Persian Language and Literature
Religion and Ethics
Vocation and Technical Studies
* The schedule is six hours per day.
** Taught along with Persian Language and Literature.
*** Taught along with Analysis.
**** First and second year grade students work one day per week outside schools.
Biology and Hygiene
Table 4: The subjects of Academic Secondary Education
(Experimental Science Branch)
4-year schedule by number of hours per week in each grade
* Taught along with Persian Language and Literature.
** Taught along with Trigonometry.
*** Taught along with Trigonometry.
Table 5 : The subjects of Academic Secondary Education
(Literature and Culture Branch)
History of Literature
Persian Language Grammar
** First and second year grade students work one day per week outside schools.
Table 6: The subjects of Academic Secondary Education
Persian Composition *
Table 7: The General Courses of Secondary Education
(Vocational and Technical Branch)
Physics and Chemistry
Specialized Courses *
* In addition to the above mentioned general courses, there are various specialized courses which are taught at the three branches (Industrial, Agricultural, Business and Vocation) of technical and vocational secondary education.