middle school


Definition of middle school

: a school usually including grades five to eight or six to eight

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middle schooler \ -​ˌskü-​lər How to pronounce middle schooler (audio) \ noun

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The school district encompasses 24 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools and five choice schools, six charter schools and one specialty school, as per their website. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Wisconsin school district blasted by ACLU for 'sexist' dress code enforcement," 12 Sep. 2018 This trend took me back to middle school, when Coach logo bags were all the rage among 13-year-olds in St. Louis. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Ray-Ban Sunglasses That Convinced Me to Try the Tiny Eyewear Trend," 4 Sep. 2018 The youngest of the surviving students have all graduated to middle school. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How Newtown Came Back," 1 Aug. 2018 Gripp starts with the charter this summer to plan for a middle school that Droege expects to open in fall 2019. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Shawnee Mission leader targeted in ACLU free-speech suit leaves for new KC charter," 29 June 2018 Margaret Gerwels says her son was an honors student at middle school who loved sports and hoped to make the freshman basketball team this coming school year at Marian High School in Mishawaka. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Plaque returning to final Elvis concert site in Indianapolis," 26 June 2018 The Batavia group spent the week on cots and air mattresses in a local middle school, according to Amy Nelson of Batavia. Cathy Janek, Aurora Beacon-News, "Batavia United Methodist mission trip called a 'life-changing' experience," 25 June 2018 Evergreen Park School District 124 on Thursday rescinded its offer of employment to a middle school principal whose past workplace conduct came under scrutiny shortly after his hiring was announced last month. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Evergreen Park school board rescinds new principal's contract following anonymous misconduct allegations," 15 June 2018 Tutoring for middle school costs money, and a daughter attending class is one less pair of hands available to work for a living, or help around the house. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "In My Brilliant Friend, Education Offers a Dangerous Escape from Poverty," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of middle school

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of middle school was in 1870

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English Language Learners Definition of middle school

US : a school for children that usually includes grades five to eight or six to eight
British : a school for children between the ages of 8 and 12 or 9 and 13

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Kids Definition of middle school

: a school usually including grades five to eight or six to eight

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