Newfoundland and Labrador provides a safe, supportive, and inspiring environment for children to grow and learn. Students begin school at age 5, completing Kindergarten, then moving on to grades 1 through 12, which are usually completed by age 17. The stages of the K-12 system are typically referred to as primary, elementary, junior high, and high school. Most students are part of the publicly-funded education system; however, there are four private schools in the province. Many English schools offer French immersion programs.