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 The private/parochial school coach of the year is Julia Houser of Whitesburg Christian. al, 24 May 2022 Mokena police are investigating an incident at a parochial school in which a student was allegedly touched on the back of his neck while in the bathroom. Mike Nolan, Chicago Tribune, 3 June 2022 San Francisco was also home to what was once a large and influential parochial school system. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2022 The students attend either the nearby public lycée in Tambacounda or a local parochial school while experiencing a strong sense of community and a new definition of what education means for their sense of self and future prospects. Rod Berger, Forbes, 2 May 2022 My four oldest children at home attend a Christian liberal-arts school, and the three youngest attend my local Catholic parochial school. Andrea Picciotti-bayer, National Review, 7 Mar. 2022 Nelson, a single mom in the Bayview, pulled Miriam out of the public school district after fifth grade and scored a financial aid package at a parochial school where her bright sixth-grader is thriving. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Feb. 2022 The cinema fell through, but Barrett eventually found an empty parochial school in a Boston suburb. New York Times, 9 Feb. 2022 Baker said the Marienfeld Carmelites sold the grounds, monastery and church in 1897 to the Sisters of Mercy, who built a parochial school for boys and girls and used the monastery for their living quarters and a chapel. Bob Campbell, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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