primary school


Definition of primary school 

1 : a school usually including the first three grades of elementary school but sometimes also including kindergarten

Examples of primary school in a Sentence

She goes to primary school.

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Some did not even do primary school, others did not do secondary school. Howard Reich,, "Precious possessions: The genocide survivors who kept them tell their stories," 13 July 2018 Some 63m children of the relevant age do not go to primary school; another 200m do not attend secondary school. The Economist, "Universal lessons," 5 July 2018 Yet only 41% say qualified trans people should definitely be allowed to work as primary school teachers. The Economist, "A culture war comes to Westminster," 5 July 2018 Rioting erupted as Catholic parents picked up their children from the Holy Cross girls'' primary school. Amanda Sloat, Time, "Brexit Could Jeopardize Peace in Northern Ireland—and America Is Ignoring It," 29 June 2018 Forty years ago, in the region’s heyday as a mining area, Bobal primary school had more than 300 pupils. The Economist, "South Korea’s fertility rate is the lowest in the world," 28 June 2018 Marta Camacho, a 70-year-old retired primary school teacher, stood on a fountain to get a glimpse of Lopez Obrador, 64, driving through the streets after the electoral institute declared his victory. Time, "'I Am Here to Salute My President': Mexicans Celebrate Lopez Obrador's Left-Wing Landslide," 2 July 2018 Nova Pioneer has plenty of competition: in 2013-17 the number of private primary schools almost doubled and the number of private secondaries rose by half. The Economist, "Elite private schools are booming in Kenya," 21 June 2018 At one camp, housed in a dilapidated primary school, two toilets serve 10,000 people. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Dwindling Farmland Sparks a Deadly Conflict in Nigeria," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of primary school

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a school for young children

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