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.
Recent Examples on the Web By the end of the year, the organization will be finished building a pre-K to eighth-grade primary school in the village of Chikwasa. John Benson,, "Lakewood High School house principal and Fairview Park resident returns to Malawi, overwhelmed by nonprofit’s impact," 29 July 2019 The groom’s mother retired as an English-as-a-second-language coordinator for the primary school of the Inter-Community School Zurich, a private coeducational school in Zumikon, Switzerland. New York Times, "Nancy Franks, Benjamin Newman," 20 May 2018 The schools, all either new or refurbished in recent years, are close enough to homes that there is no school busing to even the primary schools. Rich Exner,, "Lakewood’s remarkable recovery in home sale prices, a Cuyahoga County leader," 20 Aug. 2019 In 2018, the government pledged 1.5 million GBP to tackle the issue, with an additional pledge in 2019 to make funds available so every primary school, secondary school, and college can offer free period products, but George's fight isn't over. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Seventeen's 2019 Voices of the Year: 11 Young People Who are Changing the World," 15 Nov. 2019 This begs the question: Why is there so little outdoor time scheduled in the normal primary school day? Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "The spread of outdoor preschools raises questions about the purpose of education," 28 Oct. 2019 Between 2005 and 2015, the percentage of primary schools with school resource officers increased 64%. F. Chris Curran, The Conversation, "Arrests of 6-year-olds shows the perils of putting police in primary schools," 27 Sep. 2019 The product already provoked unease in April, when photos and footage of primary school students in one Chinese province wearing the product started to circulate widely online. Jane Li, Quartz, "A “brain-reading” headband for students is too much even for Chinese parents," 5 Nov. 2019 Create English-language lesson plans and teach vocabulary and pronunciation skills to primary school students. National Geographic, "Thailand Community Service: Teaching & Mentorship," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of primary school

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jan 2020

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“Primary school.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of primary school

: a school for young children

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