Education in the United Statesis provided in,, and.governments set overall educational standards, often mandateforpublic school systems and supervise, usually through a board of regents, state colleges, and universities. The bulk of the $1.3trillion in funding comes fromandgovernments, withfunding accounting for only about $200billion.Private schools are free to determine their own curriculum and staffing policies, with voluntary accreditation available through independent regional accreditation authorities, although some state regulation can apply.
In 2013, about 87% of school-age children (those below) attended state funded public schools, about 10% attended tuition- and foundation-funded private schools,and roughly 3% were home-schooled.
Bylaw,isover 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, state-certified, or an approved home school program. In most schools, compulsory education is divided into three levels:,, and. Children are usually divided by age groups into, ranging from(5 to 6-year-olds) and(6 to 7-year-olds) for the youngest children, up to(17 to 18-year-olds) as the final year of.
There is also a large number and wide variety of publicly and privately administered colleges and universities throughout the country.is divided into, as the first tertiary degree, and graduate school. Higher education includes extremely wealthy and selective universities, public research universities, private liberal arts colleges, historically black colleges and universities, community colleges, for-profit colleges, and many other kinds and combinations of institutions. College enrollment rates in the United States have increased over the long term.At the same time,has also risen to $1.5trillion. According topublished by the, of the top ten colleges and universities in the world, eight are American (the other two areand, in the)