preparatory school noun
: a usually private school preparing students primarily for college
British : a private elementary school preparing students primarily for British public schools
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preparatory school noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
School that prepares students for entrance to a higher school. In Europe, where secondary education has been selective, preparatory schools have been those that catered to pupils wishing to enter the academic secondary schools. In North America, where access to secondary education has been less competitive, the term usually refers to private secondary schools that prepare students for college.
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