private school


Definition of private school 

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

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The Alpharetta City Council has approved a private school’s request to rezone land so that it can be incorporated into its campus for a high school soccer field. David Ibata, ajc, "Alpharetta OKs school’s request for soccer field," 12 July 2018 Evelyn Mack is listed in North Carolina private school directories at the Monroe Road location from 2000-2001 to 2016-17. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte private school was a front for foreign athletes to dodge ICE, feds say," 6 July 2018 On the list for reductions are the Office of Juvenile Justice, the attorney general’s office, the agriculture department, the agency that oversees state parks and museums, private school aid and senior centers. Melinda Deslatte, The Seattle Times, "Louisiana senators advancing $29B budget without deep cuts," 2 June 2018 The first possibility is that Villanova, in essence, becomes the next Duke as college basketball’s East Coast, private school standard-bearer, which would require more Final Four runs and longevity. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Villanova's NBA losses give Jay Wright the chance to prove he's building the next Duke," 30 May 2018 The John Carroll School’s 193-member Class of 2018 has performed 19,856 hours of community service during their time at the Bel Air private school, according to principal Tom Durkin. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Service to others makes John Carroll Class of 2018 'so special,' principal says," 27 May 2018 The Riders Club also provides special-needs transportation for two suburban school districts and works with private schools and student families. Erin Arvedlund,, "Are you 60 or older in NE Philly? Join a free retirement community, and stay in your home," 10 May 2018 The California State Department of Education told NBC News that Rogers and Allen had not registered their home as a private school. NBC News, "Child abuse case in California spotlights lack of oversight of home schooling," 17 May 2018 As a private school, Duke is not required to make its employment contracts public. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, "Mike Krzyzewski's total compensation from Duke in 2016 was just over $7 million," 16 May 2018

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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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