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Starr has to decide whether to serve as a formal witness, all while navigating her parallel lives, split between her mostly black neighborhood and her mostly white, wealthy prep school. Doria Santlofer, Glamour, "Amandla Stenberg: 'I Want to Express Myself as Authentically as I Can.'," 15 Oct. 2018 Yet, the very reality of 2018 is that Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Justice nomination pushed the seemingly consequence-free misdoings of those attending the country’s elite prep schools into the news cycle. Veronica Walsingham, Teen Vogue, "Brett Kavanaugh, Chuck Bass, and How "Gossip Girl" Portrayed Sexual Violence Within the World of Prep School Privilege," 5 Oct. 2018 But a Spanish prep school is seductive terra incognita. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix’s Elite Is Your New Trashy Euro Teen Soap Obsession," 2 Oct. 2018 The series follows a set of kids at an elite prep school as they get questioned over a murder that happened on school grounds (yikes!). Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About "Elite" Season 2," 19 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, the new editor in chief of this newspaper attended Northwestern, a leafy prep school that accidentally wandered into the Big Ten on its way home from a poetry reading and never left. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Wisconsin Must Beat Michigan to Save the World," 12 Oct. 2018 Several of the top in-state players have transferred to prep schools in recent years. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Valparaiso coach disappointed but supportive of Brandon Newman's prep school decision," 7 July 2018 Proceeds benefited Aspire Academy, the basketball prep school based in Louisville. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Fans flock to offer support to 2013 Louisville men's basketball champs," 29 June 2018 Waiters, a South Philly kid who went to two prep schools, plays for the Heat, whom the Sixers eliminated in the first round. Marcus Hayes,, "Celtics' rough play against Sixers led by North Philly native Marcus Morris | Marcus Hayes," 4 May 2018

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1829, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of prep school

: a private school that prepares students for college

: a private school for children between the ages of 7 and 13

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