How and when do children go to school in The Giver?

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While Lowry does not go into specific detail about what age children start school, we know that Lily was in school at the age of six because she mentions that she spent an entire school day with another group of Sixes from a neighboring community. In Jonas's structured community, children begin school at a young age and remain with peers of the same age until the Ceremony of Twelve, where each twelve-year-old adolescent is given an Assignment.

At the beginning of the novel, Jonas is an Eleven and spends his after-school hours volunteering at various occupations throughout the community. The Committee of Elders carefully monitors each child throughout the years and pays close attention to where the adolescents spend the majority of their community hours in order to determine their Assignment. While not much information is given regarding Jonas's education, the readers discover that Jonas's teachers focus on accurate language and enforce corporal punishment.

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