Education in USA, in the United States of America, can be provided through public schools, private schools or by being home-schooled. The age of entry to school varies from state to state, from five to eight years, ending with eighteen years.

In 2013, about 87% of school-age children (those below higher education) attended state funded public schools. About 10% attended tuition- and foundation-funded private schools, and roughly 3% were home-schooled. By state law, education in USA is compulsory over an age range starting between five and eight and ending somewhere between ages sixteen and eighteen, depending on the state.

This requirement can be satisfied in public schools, state-certified private schools, or an approved home school program.

In most schools, compulsory education is divided into three levels: elementary school, middle or junior high school, and high school. Children are usually divided by age groups into grades, ranging from kindergarten (5–6-year olds) and first grade for the youngest children, up to twelfth grade (17–18 years old) as the final year of high school.There are also a large number and wide variety of publicly and privately administered institutions of higher education throughout the country.

Post-secondary education, divided into college, as the first tertiary degree, and graduate school, is described in a separate section below. Higher education includes elite private colleges like Harvard University, Stanford University, MIT, and Caltech, large state flagship universities, private liberal arts schools, historically-black colleges and universities, community colleges, and for-profit colleges like the University of Phoenix. College enrollment rates in the United States have increased over the long term. At the same time, student loan debt has also risen to $1.5 trillion. According to a report published by the U.S. News & World Report, of the top ten colleges and universities in the world, eight are American. The other two are Oxford and Cambridge, in the United Kingdom).



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