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A primary school (or elementary school in American English
American English
and often in Canadian English) is a school in which children receive primary or elementary education from the age of about five to twelve, coming after preschool and before secondary school. (In some countries there is an intermediate stage of middle school between primary and secondary education.)

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1 Primary Schools 2 Gallery 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Primary Schools[edit] In most parts of the world, primary education is the first stage of compulsory education, and is normally available without charge, but may be offered in a fee-paying independent school. The term grade school is sometimes used in the US, although this term may refer to both primary education and secondary education. The term primary school is derived from the French école primaire, which was first used in 1802.[1]

Primary school
Primary school
is the preferred term in the United Kingdom, Ireland and many Commonwealth nations, and in most publications of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).[2] Elementary school
Elementary school
is preferred in some countries, especially in the United States and Canada.

In the United States, "primary school" may refer to a school with grades Kindergarten
Kindergarten
through second grade or third grade. (K-2 or 3). In these municipalities, the "elementary school" includes grade three through five or grades four to six. In some places, primary schooling has historically further been divided between lower primary schools (LP schools), which were the elementary schools, and higher primary schools (HP schools), which were established to provide a more practical instruction to poorer classes than what was provided in the secondary schools.[3] Gallery[edit]

A primary school in Český Těšín, Czech Republic

A small primary school in Norfolk, England

An elementary school in Višňové (Slovakia)

"Michlal" Elementary school
Elementary school
in Ramat Gan
Ramat Gan
(Israel)

A Public School
School
in Sydney, NSW, Australia.

A Shōgakkō or Elementary school
Elementary school
class in Japan

See also[edit]

Blab school Early childhood education Elementary school

Elementary school
Elementary school
(United States) Elementary school
Elementary school
( England
England
and Wales) Elementary schools in Japan

Educational stage Secondary school School Virtual reality in primary education

References[edit]

^ "Online Etymology Dictionary".  ^ Primary school. In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved on 12 June 2007, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online: http://search.eb.com/eb/article-9061377 ^ Bruce Ryburn Payne, Public Elementary School
Elementary School
Curricula: A Comparative Study of Representative Cities of the United States, England, Germany and France (1905), p. 155.

External links[edit]

National Center for Education
Education
Statistics (NCES) (United States) Elementary Schools with Education
Education
and Crime Statistics (United States)

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