private school


Definition of private school

: a school that is established, conducted, and primarily supported by a nongovernmental agency

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She's decided to send Marco to private school and Dylan stays with Miss Charlotte in the small nursery on the first floor of the building while Donna goes to therapy. Hayley Krischer, Marie Claire, "How Heroin Came for Middle-Class Moms," 20 Aug. 2018 Hopcroft reported in 2016 that U.S. fathers with prestigious occupations were more likely to send their sons to private school than their daughters, whereas fathers with lower-status jobs more often enrolled their female children. Matthew Hutson, Scientific American, "Wealthy Families Invest More in Sons," 21 May 2018 Many send their children to a nearby private school or to charter schools. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "There's one kindergarten teacher, 38 students in this Detroit class," 22 Feb. 2018 But none of the 135 private schools that have popped up since 2014 can compare with Ros Agro Plc founder Vadim Moshkovich’s $200 million Letovo project, which includes a state-of-the-art facility on the edge of Moscow that opens this fall., "Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.," 12 Feb. 2018 Parents make a decision to send their child to a private school. Scott Springer,, "OHSAA competitive balance divisional breakdowns for upcoming fall season," 22 Jan. 2018 Two private schools in Yorkville — Parkview Christian and Yorkville Christian — are moving up athletically, but taking somewhat different paths. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Don Davidson guides Parkview Christian in its step up toward full IHSA membership," 9 Apr. 2018 The contests were also symbolically significant since both states have led the country on private school choice. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The School Choice Election Bonus," 13 Nov. 2018 But with a sliding tuition scale that offers full subsidy at $75,300 or below for a family of four, the city’s program addresses families whose incomes are too high for state and federal programs, yet too low for private school tuition. Dahlia Bazzaz, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s preschool program, on the ballot for expansion, is steadily improving, according to external evaluation," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of private school

1574, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of private school

: a school that does not get money from the government and that is run by a group of private individuals

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