What Is Primary Education?

Primary education, also called elementary education, is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Primary education provides students with a basic understanding of various subjects as well as the skills they will use throughout their lives. Schools offering Elementary Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

 
Primary Education Basics

Every state government in the United States regulates primary education, according to the United States Department of Education. Some states also supervise the curriculum, processes and standards of elementary schools to ensure students receive a quality education regardless of the school they attend. Most states require children to receive a primary education to learn basic concepts. According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), providing children with this education has many positive effects, including:

  • Decreasing poverty
  • Decreasing child mortality rates
  • Encouraging gender equality
  • Increasing environmental concern


Primary education provides students with fundamental skills that will be the foundation for the rest of their academic careers. Instructors teach students subjects like:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Language Arts
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Music