Most older Amish and menonite children went to school. A school bell ringing means to stop working in the fields and go to school. School was usually taught in a one-room schoolhouse. The teacher was usually a young unmarried christian woman.
In 1972 Pennsylvania said that each child is required to go to school unitl the age of 16. Some parents only allow their children to go to school until eighth grade, yet education was a part of the Amish tradition.