In high school, what do we call the student elected the head of a class? class monitor, class president or class prefect?

When a teacher goes into a class, would she ask "President, please! How many students are there in our class? How many students are present for today?" ==> "There are 40 students in our class. 39 students are present for today, Ms."

Would you say like that in your native English? If not, please help correct!

Thank you so much!

jennifertranWould you say like that in your native English?

No, because such a thing does not exist in all parts of the English-speaking world.

In the US, in junior high school (also called middle school or intermediate school, grades 6 to 8), you generally have a class president for each grade, who is elected by the students in that grade: 8th grade class president, 7th grade class president, 6th grade class president.


Starting in high school (grades 9 to 12) in the US, there is usually only a student council, representing the entire high school, and which is presided over by the student body president, a senior (12th grade) student, who is elected by all students in the high school. Each grade also elects student council members for their grade who represent their grade in the student council.


In each class in high school, the teacher usually takes role every day to see who is there, and who is not there. Sometimes students have an assigned seat, so the teacher can tell at a glance if a chair is empty and the student is not there.

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I wanna say, "Thank you so very much, Anonymous". This information is terribly important to me because I am learning real English (English in real life). It's horrible if I say something correct in structures and grammar, but native speakers don't understand at all.

In junior high school, when a teacher has a lesson (a class), would she ask "President, how many students are there (present) in our class today?" ? And what would the president answer?

I am learning about activities in a class when a teacher is communicating and interacting with her students.

Thank you for help!

Have a good weekend!

Take care and see you soon!

"President" is probably not appropriate here. As others have pointed out, most American schools do not have a designated student with this kind of responsibility, and the "class president" is probably a student elected to represent all the students of a particular level in some sort of student government. "Monitor" would be more understandable in your example.


More important -- please don't use "wanna" in writing. It makes your writing look careless or uneducated.

Thank you so very much, Khoff!

Now I think I'll use 'monitor' in this case.

And I know that 'wanna' is just used in writing but sometimes I forget that. I was really careless.

I'll try to remember this. Thank you so much again.

Have a nice day!

Take care and see you soon!

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Why would you be suitable for the role of class prefect?

Why would you be suitable for role of class prefect?