preparatory school


Definition of preparatory school

1 : a usually private school preparing students primarily for college
2 British : a private elementary school preparing students primarily for British public schools

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Students in the program pass their classes at a rate 20 percent higher than their peers and a total of 80 students have earned over $27 million in financial aid to attend preparatory schools or colleges. Nate Weitzer,, "For at-risk inner city youth, Harlem Lacrosse provides a pathway to success," 17 May 2018 For example, magnet programs include those centered around visual and performing arts, language immersion, single-gender college preparatory schools and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "How do Houston ISD's magnet schools and programs work, anyway?," 31 Jan. 2018 Next fall, Davis will begin her first year at Cushing Academy, a private boarding and preparatory school in Ashburnham, thanks in part to the efforts of Harlem Lacrosse throughout the admissions process. Nate Weitzer,, "Harlem Lacrosse having an impact in Boston schools," 6 May 2018 The association represents two- and four-year colleges, universities, preparatory schools and academies that offer a quality education in a military environment, focusing on developing strong values and character, leadership, and service to others. Laura Groch,, "North County School News, April 5," 5 Apr. 2018 The New York City native joined Harlem Lacrosse while attending Frederick Douglass Academy and often studied past midnight while applying to preparatory schools. Nate Weitzer,, "For at-risk inner city youth, Harlem Lacrosse provides a pathway to success," 17 May 2018 Judge Kavanaugh grew up around the Capitol, getting a Catholic education at Mater Dei and Georgetown preparatory schools and his college and law degrees from Yale. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Potential Nominees to the Supreme Court," 27 June 2018 Her mother is a librarian at Viewpoint School, a coeducational college preparatory school in Calabasas, Calif. New York Times, "Madeline Schwarz, Kyle Kahan," 13 May 2018 This year's party benefits several charities including West End School, a free, private, college preparatory school for young men; and the Kosair Charities Center for Autism. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Comedian Arsenio Hall will host Junior Bridgeman's Trifecta 2018 Kentucky Derby Gala," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of preparatory school

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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