Students are usually 16–17 years old. Eleventh grade is the penultimate year of secondary school. A Junior is a student in the eleventh grade in high school.
Many students take the SAT Reasoning Test and/or ACT in the second half of their 11th-grade year. Typically during this year, students interested in attending higher education facilities, tend to search at around the second part of that year.
Mathematics students usually take Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus, or Calculus. 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.
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.
In a social studies curriculum, eleventh graders in the United States are usually taught History of the United States or the world from the 1870s to the 21st Century. They may also learn more advanced world culture and geography knowledge along with some more advanced social studies such as psychology and government.
While normally followed by twelfth grade, some colleges will accept excelling students out of this grade as part of an early college entrance program. In the Canadian province of Quebec, Grade 11 (sec. 5) is the final year of secondary education, followed by CEGEP.
Its English equivalent is Year 12 or Lower Sixth, the sixth and penultimate year of secondary education. It is not compulsory to attend these last two years; however, successful completion will result in awarding of A-Level qualifications. At the end of year 12, half of the A-Level is completed in the candidates' chosen subjects by completing three of the six units needed to make up one "A" Level. Satisfactory completion of these three units (either written exams or coursework, depending on subject) will result in the awarding of "half an A-Level" (an AS-Level).
The Northern Irish 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 Scotland this Fifth Year (of secondary education) is also optional, but pupils will generally sit Intermediates, Higher or Advanced higher(equivalent to year one of university) exams, Highers being the entry requirement for university. It will optionally be followed by a final Sixth Year.