Both the United States and Mexico use the K-12 education system, but the system is not the same in both countries. For students who want to study in the US and their parents want to send them, it is important to recognize some of these differences.
This blog lists five relevant differences between American and Mexican high schools. That may be helpful for those curious about an educational opportunity in the United States.
In the United States, individual states adopt textbooks that schools will use and then books are purchased by LEAs. The state also decides the general curriculum to be taught to students in each school. This can make a small difference in the quality and content of what students in different states learn.
Even in the same state, students can use different textbooks from students from another town. This model is largely different for Mexican high schools.
Textbooks are decided at the national level for uniform distribution across the school, and the curriculum is also standardized by the federal government. Students learn from the same book and on a unified lesson plan.
Materials such as textbooks are provided free of charge in the public education system. In Mexico, recently only high school has become compulsory for students. Previously, students were required to complete only high school. They can choose from a variety of options on how they want to continue Prepa.
In the US, most high schools offer a similar type of education. Although technical high schools exist, most students will complete a standard education that includes a core curriculum. This education system usually prepares students for a university education and acts as a preview for the liberal arts system.
In Mexico, students have more options for the type of education they want to pursue. An equal part of high school students choose to enroll in professional and vocational high schools. Early on students can specialize in a certain technical field that will train them directly for their future careers.