Ireland Schools

A different view on education procedures

Why Ireland?

"Higher education transforms, enriches and inspires" (Graduating to Success). This quote was written about the success of Ireland schools. Ireland has a diverse educational system from others in the world. Learning about education in Ireland can help improvement in school systems that need it.


Class options in Ireland are very similar to the ones here in the U.S. Required classes include English, Irish, maths, and science. Some of the optional classes are business studies, Ancient Greek, home economics, history, religious education, and materials technology. Students generally have a variety of options when it comes to extra curriculars.


The yearly school schedule for secondary students in Ireland is both alike and unlike the school years in the United States. Students in Ireland are required to attend 167 days of school - the school year lasting from late August to the following early June. They take Autumn, Christmas, Winter and Easter holidays or breaks throughout the school year. About a dozen public or regional holidays are also taken off, mostly on Mondays. Ireland schools also receive a two-and-a-half month long summer break before the next school year begins.

Although Irish students go to school for about seven hours each day, the same as typical American students, the start and end times differ. The usual school day in Ireland starts around nine o' clock AM and ends at about four o' clock PM. Depending on the school, students most likely attend eight to nine classes per day, each lasting 30-40 minutes long. For lunch, many schools allow students to go home and eat, then returning back for their next class.

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All Vocational, community, and comprehensive schools are state-financed, meaning they don't charge fees. Most voluntary schools are financed by the state and choose to be non-fee paying per capita basis. Some voluntary schools don't receive the per capita grant, and charge several thousands of Euros, though this is only about 13.7% of schools.


The simple academic grading scale chart is shown below.

A: 100% - 85%

B: 84% - 70%

C: 69% - 55%

D: 54% - 40% (lowest passing grade)

E: 39% - 25%

F: 25% - 10%

Grade letters A through D are further divided into smaller percent ranges, and single-digit numbers are added after the letter grade. For example, A1, A2, B1, B2, B3, and so on, up to D3. A certain number of points are worth each grade letter/number. An A1 grade is worth 100 points at the higher level, 60 points at the ordinary level, and 20 points at the foundation level. Advanced students often take exams at the higher level, while others will take them at the ordinary level. Therefore, the number of points received by a student determines their Leaving Certificate results, that explains if the student can continue onto higher education. A grade of a C or higher is classed as an Honor grade, while any grade below a D3 is considered failing, so no points are given. Also, a grade below ten percent, or NG, is considered as No Grade.

Below is a more detailed grading chart.

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To conclude, the Irish education system is very effective and is proven throughout its student's grades and test scores. Even though it is similar to the American education system, there are small differences that help its students succeed in their schools. This data could eventually help education systems around the world to adapt similar to the ways of Ireland schools.

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Department for Employment and Learning. “Graduating to Success.” N.d. PDF file.

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