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A primary school in Český Těšín, Czech Republic.
A small primary school in Norfolk, England
Elementary school in Višňové (Slovakia).
"Michlal" Elementary school in Ramat Gan (Israel).
A Shōgakkō or Elementary school class in Japan

A primary school, or elementary school, is a school in which children receive primary or elementary education between the ages of about five to eleven, coming before secondary school and after preschool. It is the first stage of compulsory education in most parts of the world, and is normally available without charge, but may be a fee-paying independent school.

In the United States, "primary school" may refer to a school with grades Kindergarten through second grade (K-2). In these municipalities, the "elementary school" includes grade three through five.[1]

The term primary school is derived from the French école primaire, which was first used in 1802.[2]

  • Primary school is the preferred term in the United Kingdom and many Commonwealth Nations, and in most publications of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).[3]
  • Elementary school is preferred in some countries, especially in North America.

The term grade school is sometimes used. The terms first school or infant school may also used though these, strictly speaking, refer to different educational programs. Note that in the USA grad school is often used as a term for postgraduate education, not referring to the grade school level.

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.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.cartersville.k12.ga.us/
  2. ^ "Online Etymology Dictionary". 
  3. ^ Primary school. In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved on 12 June 2007, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online: http://search.eb.com/eb/article-9061377
  4. ^ Bruce Ryburn Payne, Public Elementary School Curricula: A Comparative Study of Representative Cities of the United States, England, Germany and France (1905), p. 155.

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:28:15 -0700

Free school meals will be given to every primary school pupil in England under Lib Dem plans unveiled today. From this week, free meals will be offered to all under-7s for the first time, despite fears Nick Clegg's policy was rushed and under-funded ...

The West Australian

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Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:29:16 -0700

A Perth primary school and the WA Law Society have denounced offensive comments made by a barrister at a fundraising quiz night. School principal Wayne Press said Simon Watters would not be invited back while the Law Society said he could be in ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:28:50 -0700

Computer programming will be taught from five to 14, and foreign languages will be made compulsory at primary school. There will be a new emphasis on spelling and grammar, and history will focus on the story of Britain. The more traditional curriculum ...

The Rakyat Post

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:26:15 -0700

BEIJING - A man with a knife killed three children and injured several in a primary school in China on Monday, the first day of a new school term after the summer holiday, state media said. The suspect was a parent of a student, and he attacked the ...

Kent Online

Kent Online
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:33:45 -0700

An inquest into the sudden death of a popular head teacher will open on Monday. Mark Geadah was found dead at his home in Beech Drive, Allington, on Sunday morning. The 43-year-old had been at the helm of Allington Primary School, in Hildenborough ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:19:18 -0700

Increasing numbers of children in the first years of primary school are being suspended for attacking their teachers, shocking statistics show. More than 4,000 children aged four to seven were sent home for violence against those teaching them last ...

BBC News

BBC News
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:09:52 -0700

A Sikh free school due to open in two days has had its funding withdrawn by the government, leaving parents upset at the last-minute decision. Falcons Primary School was due to open in Leicester but was told by the Department for Education on Friday ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:26:15 -0700

St Stephen's Church of England primary school in Bath is busy fitting an expanded kitchen to provide meals for its youngest pupils, according to outgoing headteacher Peter Mountstephen, who says he is unsure that building work will be ready on time.

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