private school


Definition of private school

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

Examples of private school in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fresh herbs dotted nearly 30 tables set in the private school's Hogwarts-esque food hall - a magical setting for the family-style feast to come, though most of the real fan girl/boy action went down behind cafeteria doors. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "VIP view: Urban Harvest taps 25 celebrity chefs for 25th anniversary Sunday Supper in River Oaks," 5 Nov. 2019 Mobile private schools UMS-Wright, McGill-Toolen and Faith Academy combined to go 29-0 in the regular season this year. Ben Thomas |, al, "Coastal Playoff Picks, Notes: Which Mobile-area teams will advance out of Round 1?," 5 Nov. 2019 In September, Kate, Prince William and 6-year-old Prince George memorably accompanied 4-year-old Princess Charlotte to her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea, a $23,000-a-year private school. Stephanie Petit,, "Kate Middleton Joined Fellow School Moms at a Local Pub — with the Help of a Secret Back Door!," 4 Nov. 2019 Attorney Roderick MacLeish of Boston, who has represented dozens of victims of abuse by priests and faculty at elite private schools, argues in the complaint that the Connecticut Superior Court still has jurisdiction in the case. Josh Kovner,, "Lawsuit says a Yale professor molested a Hamden boy 18 years before sexual assault scandal broke," 1 Nov. 2019 President Alvin Cleveland said the private school wasn’t recertified for the Federal Student Financial Assistance Program because of inadequate paperwork and incomplete files, so it’s being required to pay back financial aid. USA TODAY, "Pooch hit by car goes for ride, manatee rescued, unusual toilet paper roller: News from around our 50 states," 1 Nov. 2019 There are no schools here, so youths attend private school or the public schools in Fort Lauderdale or Pompano Beach. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Murder in a tourist town: Firefighter’s death shakes Lauderdale-by-the-Sea," 1 Nov. 2019 City commissioners would ultimately have to approve Christ for All Nations’ application because the property is currently allowed to be used as a church and private school. Martin E. Comas,, "Sanford residents fight to keep large Christian Evangelical ministry out of their historic neighborhood," 31 Oct. 2019 Philip went to private school, then on to college and law school. CBS News, "Was the murder of NYC millionaire Howard Pilmar a family affair?," 26 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of private school

1574, in the meaning defined above

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12 Nov 2019

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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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