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Education in U.S. starts in kindergarten. Primary school most commonly consists of five years of education, referred to as first through fifth grades. Upon completion of primary school, the students advance to secondary school consisting of seven years, referred to as sixth through twelfth grades. The ninth through twelfth grades are most commonly referred to as high school.

Students who have completed high school and desire to attend college or university must attend an undergraduate school. Undergraduate schools offer either a two-year degree called an associate degree or a four-year degree called a bachelor’s degree in a specific course of study. Students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree can continue their education by pursuing a master’s degree or a doctorate degree. U.S. elementary and secondary school teachers receive their pre service training at four-year colleges and universities. Special services are provided for students that are specially gifted or talented.