This page has a list of countries by Lower secondary school starting age (years), according to officially-recognized international sources compiled by the World Bank. Lower secondary school starting age is the age at which students would enter lower secondary education, assuming they had started at the official entrance age for the lowest level of education, had studied full-time throughout and had progressed through the system without repeating or skipping a grade.

  • Aruba
    12 years
  • Afghanistan
    13 years
  • Angola
    12 years
  • Albania
    11 years
  • Andorra
    12 years
  • United Arab Emirates
    11 years
  • Argentina
    12 years
  • Armenia
    10 years
  • American Samoa
    12 years
  • Antigua and Barbuda
    12 years
  • Australia
    12 years
  • Austria
    10 years
  • Azerbaijan
    10 years
  • Burundi
    13 years
  • Belgium
    12 years
  • Benin
    12 years
  • Burkina Faso
    12 years
  • Bangladesh
    11 years
  • Bulgaria
    11 years
  • Bahrain
    12 years
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    11 years
  • Belarus
    10 years
  • Belize
    11 years
  • Bermuda
    11 years
  • Bolivia
    12 years
  • Brazil
    11 years
  • Barbados
    11 years
  • Bhutan
    13 years
  • Botswana
    13 years
  • Central African Republic
    12 years
  • Canada
    12 years
  • Switzerland
    13 years
  • Chile
    12 years
  • China
    12 years
  • Cameroon
    12 years
  • Colombia
    11 years
  • Comoros
    12 years
  • Costa Rica
    12 years
  • Cuba
    12 years
  • Cayman Islands
    11 years
  • Cyprus
    12 years
  • Czech Republic
    11 years
  • Germany
    10 years
  • Djibouti
    11 years
  • Dominica
    12 years
  • Denmark
    13 years
  • Dominican Republic
    12 years
  • Algeria
    11 years
  • Ecuador
    12 years
  • Eritrea
    11 years
  • Spain
    12 years
  • Estonia
    13 years
  • Ethiopia
    13 years
  • Finland
    13 years
  • Fiji
    12 years
  • France
    11 years
  • Gabon
    11 years
  • United Kingdom
    11 years
  • Georgia
    12 years
  • Ghana
    12 years
  • Gibraltar
    11 years
  • Guinea
    13 years
  • Equatorial Guinea
    13 years
  • Greece
    12 years
  • Grenada
    12 years
  • Guatemala
    13 years
  • Guyana
    12 years
  • Honduras
    12 years
  • Croatia
    11 years
  • Haiti
    12 years
  • Hungary
    11 years
  • Indonesia
    13 years
  • India
    11 years
  • Ireland
    13 years
  • Iraq
    12 years
  • Iceland
    13 years
  • Israel
    12 years
  • Italy
    11 years
  • Jamaica
    12 years
  • Jordan
    12 years
  • Japan
    12 years
  • Kazakhstan
    10 years
  • Kenya
    12 years
  • Cambodia
    12 years
  • Kiribati
    12 years
  • Kuwait
    11 years
  • Lebanon
    12 years
  • Liberia
    12 years
  • Libya
    12 years
  • Liechtenstein
    12 years
  • Sri Lanka
    10 years
  • Lesotho
    13 years
  • Lithuania
    11 years
  • Luxembourg
    12 years
  • Latvia
    13 years
  • Morocco
    12 years
  • Monaco
    11 years
  • Moldova
    11 years
  • Madagascar
    11 years
  • Maldives
    13 years
  • Mexico
    12 years
  • Marshall Islands
    12 years
  • Mali
    13 years
  • Malta
    11 years
  • Myanmar
    10 years
  • Montenegro
    11 years
  • Mongolia
    11 years
  • Mozambique
    13 years
  • Mauritania
    12 years
  • Mauritius
    11 years
  • Malawi
    12 years
  • Malaysia
    12 years
  • Namibia
    14 years
  • New Caledonia
    11 years
  • Niger
    13 years
  • Nigeria
    12 years
  • Nicaragua
    12 years
  • Netherlands
    12 years
  • Norway
    13 years
  • Nepal
    10 years
  • New Zealand
    11 years
  • Oman
    10 years
  • Pakistan
    10 years
  • Panama
    12 years
  • Peru
    12 years
  • Philippines
    12 years
  • Palau
    12 years
  • Papua New Guinea
    13 years
  • Poland
    13 years
  • Puerto Rico
    12 years
  • Portugal
    12 years
  • Paraguay
    12 years
  • Palestine
    10 years
  • French Polynesia
    11 years
  • Qatar
    12 years
  • Romania
    11 years
  • Rwanda
    13 years
  • Saudi Arabia
    12 years
  • Sudan
    12 years
  • Senegal
    12 years
  • Singapore
    12 years
  • Solomon Islands
    12 years
  • Sierra Leone
    12 years
  • El Salvador
    13 years
  • San Marino
    11 years
  • Somalia
    12 years
  • Serbia
    11 years
  • South Sudan
    12 years
  • Sao Tome and Principe
    12 years
  • Suriname
    12 years
  • Slovenia
    12 years
  • Sweden
    13 years
  • Swaziland
    13 years
  • Seychelles
    12 years
  • Chad
    12 years
  • Togo
    12 years
  • Thailand
    12 years
  • Tajikistan
    11 years
  • Turkmenistan
    10 years
  • Tonga
    12 years
  • Trinidad and Tobago
    12 years
  • Tunisia
    12 years
  • Turkey
    10 years
  • Tuvalu
    12 years
  • Tanzania
    14 years
  • Uganda
    13 years
  • Ukraine
    10 years
  • Uruguay
    12 years
  • United States
    12 years
  • Uzbekistan
    11 years
  • Vietnam
    11 years
  • Vanuatu
    12 years
  • Samoa
    11 years
  • South Africa
    14 years
  • Zambia
    14 years
  • Zimbabwe
    13 years