Educational stage

Organization

Education during childhood and early adulthood is typically provided through either a two- or three-stage system of childhood school, followed by additional stages of higher education or vocational education for those who continue their formal education:

The following table introduces the main concepts, although terms and ages may vary in different places:

Age Educational stage 2-stage system 3-stage system ISCED
4 Early childhood education Preschool Preschool 0
5
6 Primary education Primary school Elementary school 1
7
8
9 2
10
11 Middle school
12
13 Secondary education Secondary school
14
15
16
17 High school 3
18
19

For additional ISCED stages of education, see ISCED.