Secondary education, or secondary school, is a period of education which follows directly after primaryeducation (such as intermediate school or elementary school ),and which may be followed by tertiary or "post-secondary"education. The purpose of a secondary education can be to prepare for either higher education or vocationaltraining . The exact boundary between primary and secondary education varies from country to country and even within them, butis generally around the seventh to the tenth year of education, with middleschool covering any gaps. Secondary education occurs mainly during the teenage years. Primary and secondary educationtogether are sometimes (in particular, in Canada and the United States ) referred to as "K-12" education, (K is for kindergarten , 12 is for twelfth grade).
Secondary education in various nations
Secondary education is referred to by different names in different countries, see education by country .
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