Primary education is the first stage of formal education in a range of basic subjects. It generally requires no previous formal education and is typically the beginning of systematic studies. Characteristic of a typical primary education are the formal tuition of reading, writing and mathematics. Primary education institutions provide children with some of their first opportunities to meet people from different religions, races and socioeconomic statuses, as well as people with different disabilities. Therefore, elementary school teachers have a unique chance to teach children about tolerance and respect. Primary education, also called elementary education, is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.