parochial school


Definition of parochial school

: a private school maintained by a religious body usually for elementary and secondary instruction

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Recent Examples on the Web Some Quakers argue that the money that goes to their denomination’s parochial schools should go to struggling public schools instead. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "When Quakers Become Takers," 9 May 2020 Her characters move sometimes quietly — and sometimes with tension and difficulty — between traditional Native American religious practices and those taught by the Church, often by religious orders running parochial schools on the reservation. James Matthew Wilson, National Review, "Great American Fiction and the Catholic Literary Imagination," 16 Apr. 2020 To some in the charter world, such language affirms that the administration has shifted toward funneling taxpayer dollars to private and parochial schools. New York Times, "Charter Schools in Surprise Political Fight as Trump and Democrats Turn Away," 25 Feb. 2020 Fire drills became commonplace in schools after 1958 – when a student at a Chicago parochial school started a fire in the building’s boiler room. Jaclyn Schildkraut, The Conversation, "Schools should heed calls to do lockdown drills without traumatizing kids instead of abolishing them," 12 Feb. 2020 Backers have said the bill would not affect religious organizations, such as parochial schools. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Arizona lawmakers will try again to ban discrimination against LGBTQ residents," 30 Jan. 2020 The average grant per student during the 2019-2020 school year was $18,717 (not including parochial schools), according to NAIS. Anna Bahney, CNN, "How to pay for private school," 15 Jan. 2020 Both programs are open to students from public, charter and parochial schools, as well as homeschoolers. cleveland, "Cuyahoga County Library offers free K-8 tutoring at multiple branches," 26 Sep. 2019 Scholarship tax credits, instead, work through scholarship granting organizations instead of directly funding private and parochial schools. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Scholarship tax credit bill filed for a third try with Kentucky lawmakers," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of parochial school

1755, in the meaning defined above

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“Parochial school.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of parochial school

US : a private school that is run by a church parish

parochial school

pa·​ro·​chi·​al school | \ pə-ˈrō-kē-əl- \

Kids Definition of parochial school

: a private school that is run by a religious body

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