private school


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Such accusations are drawn from the rhetoric of the conservative parents’-rights movement, which itself has its roots in the Christian homeschooling movement; these criticisms would likely not apply to Covenant, which is a Christian private school. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2023 Scruggs was the daughter of Chad Scruggs, the senior pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church, which is associated with the private school. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 29 Mar. 2023 Or, Watch It on Netflix School of Rock A musician strapped for cash decides to impersonate his best friend and become a substitute teacher at a local private school. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 17 Mar. 2023 Produced by director Maite Ruiz de Austri’s Extrapictures alongside CSC Films, the 12-minute narrative takes place in a private school’s restroom, a near-sacred and intimate space for teenagers, where the headmistress’s daughter (Eider González) is stewing in fear and self-doubt. Holly Jones, Variety, 13 Mar. 2023 Johnson said if this incident happened at a private school, none of these defenses would be allowed. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 7 Mar. 2023 Read more Ed Lab: Alabama parents could get $6,900 for homeschool, private school costs. Rebecca Griesbach | , al, 14 Apr. 2023 That’s the name of a new marketing campaign the district plans to launch in the coming week to compete with the increasing number of school choice options, including charter and private school vouchers. Scott Travis, Sun Sentinel, 7 Apr. 2023 Part of the bill provides $60 million for school safety measures, creating a threat management portal, allowing private schools to join the guardian program, and establishing a safe school canine program. Skyler Swisher, Orlando Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1574, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of private school was in 1574

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“Private school.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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