elementary school


Definition of elementary school

: a school including usually the first four to the first eight grades and often a kindergarten

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The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week, found that the youngest children in early elementary school grades have a 32% higher risk of being diagnosed with ADHD than the oldest children. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "A Reason to Think Twice About Your Child’s ADHD Diagnosis," 3 Dec. 2018 And McDade, Poe and Decatur elementary schools will all be expanded to accept seventh- and eighth-grade students, and will get renovations as the school district prepares for that switch. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "Emanuel wants to build new Near West Side high school, according to budget plan," 6 July 2018 Sinnette suggested elementary school principals work with teachers to develop site plans to create programmatic approaches appropriate for their campuses, inviting parents to participate in the process. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "LCUSD mulls how to meet math goals, keep kids safe from risks of media, online publicity," 28 June 2018 Allen and the girl were spotted at an elementary school and authorities were notified. Fox News, "Missing child left with family friend at Walmart found," 28 Sep. 2018 Suarez is still employed by the elementary school and could not be immediately reached for comment. Erin B. Logan, Washington Post, "She was worried how a ‘teacher of the year’ treated her 5-year-old son. So she made a secret recording.," 5 July 2018 The two girls grew up together, going to the same elementary school and joining the same Girl Scout troop. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Noblesville finds hope for the future as healing begins after middle school shooting," 26 May 2018 The money would pay for two new elementary schools and upgrade the aging 1970s-era junior highs. The Star-telegram Editorial Board, star-telegram, "Here's how to make your vote count Saturday | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 May 2018 The state’s appointed superintendent cut 60 jobs, closed an elementary school and day care, and raised property taxes by 4 percent—all major blows to Breathitt, where one-third of the population lives below the poverty line. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Matt Bevin’s Revenge?," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of elementary school

1818, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of elementary school

: a school in the U.S. for young children

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