preparatory school


preparatory school

noun

Definition of PREPARATORY SCHOOL

1
:  a usually private school preparing students primarily for college
2
British :  a private elementary school preparing students primarily for British public schools

First Known Use of PREPARATORY SCHOOL

1822

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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