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====First Sextet====
====First Sextet====
The First Sextet is designed to teach and enforce the {{wp|trivium}}, which is grammar, logic, and rhetoric.
The First Sextet is designed to teach and enforce the {{wp|trivium}}, which is grammar, logic, and rhetoric. It features "remedial" course years in grades 2, 4, and 6.
====Second Sextet====
====Second Sextet====
The Second Sextet is designed to teach and enforce the {{wp|quadrivium}}, which is arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy.
The Second Sextet is designed to teach and enforce the {{wp|quadrivium}}, which is arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. It features "remedial" course years in grades 8, 10, and 12.
==Higher Educaton==
==Higher Educaton==

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Education in Urcea is provided in public, private, and home schools, and is divided into K-12 education and higher education. Urcean public education is operated jointly by provincial and local governments alongside the Church, regulated by the Collegium Scientificum, which issues annual guidelines on curriculum and performance standards. In most provinces, children are required to attend school from the age of six or seven (generally, kindergarten or first grade) until they turn 18 (generally bringing them through twelfth grade, the end of high school); some provinces allow students to leave school at 16 or 17. School districts are coterminous with local government boundaries and are overseen directly by the communal assembly, except in larger cities, where municipal school districts are administered by boards of education. Urcea's education system employs a system of classical education.

The Urcean education system also features several forms of non-public schooling. Home schooling is a popular option in rural or mountainous parts of the country, particularly within Ionia and Eastvale. Many private schools exist, although the vast majority of them are focused on providing education to non-Catholic students. The remainder are mostly high-wealth preparatory institutions or special schools established for indigent children which operate in coordination with public school districts. Private schools typically do not adhere to the classical education system, instead basing itself on a system similar to Education in Verona due to their primarily non-Catholic focus.

Urcea has many competitive private and public institutions of higher education. Many of the world's top universities listed by different ranking organizations are in Urcea. There are also local community colleges with generally more open admission policies, shorter academic programs, and free tuition, aimed at graduating individuals towards trade-specific schools, often in collaboration with guilds. Of Urceans 25 and older, 84.6% graduated from high school, 52.6% attended some college, 27.2% earned a bachelor's degree, and 9.6% earned graduate degrees. The basic literacy rate is approximately 99%.

According to the Collegium Scientificum, the purpose of education in Urcea is "to mold students into more complete people and able citizen-subjects" by "freeing (them) from their basest desires and creating them as individuals capable of self-rule in the most direct sense". Consequently, the Collegium Scientificum argues that the outcome of education is to create a population "free to pursue the intellectual and religious pursuits of their longing in addition to being capable in their duties to state in life" and to create a population "capable of self-governance by means of self-rule".



K-12 Education

School placement

Urcea's school districts are entirely coterminous with its many local governments and are directed and overseen by their assemblies or, in the case of cities, boards of education. By law, Urcean students may only go to the public schools within their district, but parents are free to choose which institutions within the school district their children will attend. In larger school districts this often means that students will attend school with different groups of students between the First and Second Sextets.

Grade placement

Two Sextets

Urcean grades are divided into kindergarten and the two sextets, or groups of six. Each sextet focuses on, and, in subsequent years, reinforces specific content based on one of the two halves of classical liberal education. Every other grade year beginning with 2nd grade includes additional "remedial" courses which are designed to reinforce and bolster basic principles of mathematics and religion. Each Sextet has three such "remedial" years. History classes are included in all thirteen grade levels, though only become major areas of study beginning in the Second Sextet. Physical school buildings and campuses are divided by Sextets and are functionally considered separate "schools".


Kindergarten is not considered part of either Sextet but is typically grouped in with the First Sextet and Kindergarten classes are taught on the same physical grounds as the First Sextet. Kindergarten is designed to teach or reinforce the basic "mechanical foundations of a sound education", which includes basic math and reading skills in addition to an age appropriate supplementary religious education which is designed with the presumption that most students have already received basic religious education from both the Church and their family. Kindergarten is typically for students beginning at ages 4 and 5 and is designed to provide context and basic tools through which the First Sextet can be understood.

First Sextet

The First Sextet is designed to teach and enforce the trivium, which is grammar, logic, and rhetoric. It features "remedial" course years in grades 2, 4, and 6.

Second Sextet

The Second Sextet is designed to teach and enforce the quadrivium, which is arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. It features "remedial" course years in grades 8, 10, and 12.

Higher Educaton

Higher education in Urcea is centered around core courses in philosophy and theology, which are considered the natural evolution and outgrowth of the quadrivium established in the Second Sextet.

Types of institutions

Liberal arts colleges

Liberal arts colleges are a broad term for every four year college and university in Urcea regardless of the major fields of study it focuses on, ranging from engineering to music theory. In liberal arts colleges, theology and philosophy courses are comparable to "general education" courses in other world education systems and comprise about a quarter of the total credits needed to graduate, with the student's majors, minors, or electives constituting the remaining three quarters. Liberal arts colleges are by far the most common in Urcea and are sponsored by provinces, municipalities, or private not-for-profits. The most prestigious university system in Urcea is the Collegium Scientificum in Urceopolis and elsewhere, which also serves as the nation's primary education regulatory body.

Guild colleges

Guild colleges are four year higher education institutions aimed at developing trade skills and familiarity with industrial practices associated with trades. They are sponsored and administered by guilds in collaboration with standards set by the Collegium Scientificum. These colleges do include courses in philosophy and theology, but they are considered to be on a more basic level appropriate for everyday life as the remainder of the courses focus on trade-specific topics.

Community colleges

Community colleges are two year higher education institutions administered by some municipalities and provinces which are tuition free and include a mix of liberal arts education and trade education; they are, consequently, considered a cross between the two primary four year college options.


Seminaries are private colleges which receive some public funding from the Government of Urcea operated by the Levantine Catholic Church for the purpose of training priests.

Normal schools

Normal schools are public colleges sponsored by provinces which are for the purpose of training public school teachers.


Governance and funding


Provinces, localities, and the Collegium Scientificum share degrees of power over public education, with the provinces exercising the most control and oversight of the three parties.

Funding for K-12

Public school districts in Urcea receive three primary funding streams; property taxes assessed by communal governments, aid provided by Provincial governments, and funds provided by the Collegium Scientificum. The Office for Primary and Secondary Education of the Collegium Scientificum in FY2025-26 was provided with $1,178,198,617,900.51, the vast majority of which was dedicated to education aid to the nation's school districts.

Funding for college


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