Six years in elementary education

Elementary education is the foundational level of the public education system, providing Korean students with a fundamental understanding of core subjects. The elementary education consists of 6 years, and students begin at the age of 6. Elementary education is compulsory, as stated in the 1948 Constitution, “elementary education is compulsory and free of charge,” and “all citizens shall have the right to receive education equally according to their ability.” The Six-Year Plan to Complete Compulsory Education (1954- ) as well as the Five-Year Plan to Expand Educational Facilities for Compulsory Education (1962, 1967) has enabled the gradual expansion and completion of compulsory elementary education. As of 2022, there are 6,163 elementary schools nationwide, including 73 private elementary schools.

Source : 2023 Education in Korea