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Previous discussions[edit]

For previous discussions about primary education, primary schools and elementary schools please refer to Talk:Primary education. Dahliarose 08:27, 18 June 2007 (UTC)

Primary School[edit]

I've never seen "Primary School" = "Elementary school" in the US. In the places I've lived (California, Arkansas, Missouri), "Primary School" always referred to grades 1-3 (or up to about 10 years of age). Elementary schools could include a primary school, but typically went up to grade 6. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:16, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

Please note that the article did not claim that primary school = elementary school and it did make the following statement "Very few schools in the US actually use the term primary school as part of their school name and such schools are generally private schools, serving very young children." There is no need for the unreferenced point of view you posted which was " Usually a primary school is part of an Elementary School, but this is not necessarily always the case." Dbiel (Talk) 14:41, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

Hmm - I'll look for official backup that "Primary" usually means 1-3 grades here. Perhaps you do not believe this to be the case, but a the first search for "Primary Grades" in google returns this page: which specifically shows primary being grades 1-3.

Please note also that the article does imply that Primary School is Elementary school in North America: "some countries, and especially in North America, the term elementary school is preferred" All I am saying is that "Primary school" refers to schools that handle the lower grades, usually 1-3. When an elementary school has grades 1-3 in addition to higher grades, the lower grades are still referred to as "primary school", and indeed may even have a separate principal even though they share the same school grounds. (talk) 20:45, 10 December 2008 (UTC)


Is there enough information here and in Primary education that it can stand alone, or can they be merged? Caduon (talk) 07:31, 28 December 2011 (UTC)

  • There is far too much information here to make a merge practical. Dahliarose (talk) 12:23, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
  • If you can produce a good quality overview article, then please merge all three (or at least primary school with elementary school). One concept needs one article. Details about individual countries can be separated into individual articles. Littledogboy (talk) 11:43, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
I have merged the 'country by country' section into Primary Education. I will do the same for Elementary school. I suggest we then consider (again) merging Primary School and Elementary School, but we can come back to that discussion in a bit. PeterEastern (talk) 02:25, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Merge with Elementary school[edit]

I have created a section on talk:Elementary school recommending that that article is merged into this one. Lets have the discussion there. PeterEastern (talk) 02:59, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

I don't think it's appropriate to merge elementary school and primary school. They both have very different meanings. Also I note that the historical UK meaning of elementary school has been removed from the elementary school. Elementary schools are an important part of the history of education in the UK and need to be recognised in this article. Dahliarose (talk) 10:22, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
I note that you have also responded on talk:Elementary school which is where I was suggesting that we continue this conversation. Can you ensure that your views are appropriately expressed on that talk page and can we then delete the comment from this page? Feel free to delete this response from me at the same time. PeterEastern (talk) 16:15, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
Its news to me that primary school and elementary school have "very different meanings". I highly doubt it. In reading these comments, I realize that my usage is different from those from other parts of the USA, which should be accepted as indicating that the term can mean various things. First and most obviously (imho) a primary education is generally considered through grade 6, possibly grade 8. Schools providing that education are <fill in the blank>. If you chose "not primary schools" then there is a problem of consistency here. There can be no doubt that (in the USA) 5th through 8th, and even 9th and 4th grades may or may not be in the same category in a particular school district. These middle schoolers may be situated in the elementary (aka primary) schools, be in a middle school (aka junior high) and 9th graders are often in high school, but not always. (Of course, 10th Graders are never considered "Freshmen"...) Attempting to prescribe the meaning/definition of a term which has multiple ones is not in Wikipedia's purview. It reads very awkwardly and needs to be redone. I would strongly recommend a historical (or semi-historical) structure be used, rather than the current mish-mash. (talk) 22:40, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
Wikipedia is a worldwide encyclopaedia and just restricted to readers in America. Schooling systems are different in different countries. For example, elementary school has a completely different meaning in the UK and is only used in the historical context. This article needs a lot of improvement but I don't think a merge with elementary school is justified. This article was originally because of the confusion over the terminology in different countries.Dahliarose (talk) 11:32, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

sp "elemtary" in various WP articles[edit]

could someone correct to "elementary".GinAndChronically (talk) 23:16, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

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Is 'Primary School' the preferred term in the UK?[edit]

I'm not sure it is the preferred term in the UK? I'd say its more commonly referred to as 'junior school'. Mtaylor848 (talk) 18:16, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

Junior schools and infant schools are types of primary schools. We call these schools primary schools whereas in the US they call them elementary schools.Dahliarose (talk) 22:55, 24 December 2014 (UTC)


An anonymous IP took the decision to redirect the page for elementary school to this page but the redirect does not appear to have been discussed so I have reverted the edit. It seems to me that it would be best to have two separate pages. The US-specific material on this page would perhaps be better off on the page for elementary school. An elementary school has a specific historical meaning in British English and is not the same thing as a primary school. Dahliarose (talk) 18:31, 13 February 2015 (UTC)