private school

noun

Definition of private school 

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

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Jessica—his wife of 17 years—and their children, two daughters and a toddler son, had moved into his place in Houston after the girls finished their year at a private school in Manhattan. Ben Reiter, SI.com, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 Evelyn Mack has pleaded guilty to federal charges of using her small private school next to East Mecklenburg High to falsely enroll foreign teens who were being sought by basketball recruiters and coaches. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte private school was a front for foreign athletes to dodge ICE, feds say," 6 July 2018 Children in wealthy private schools or affluent public schools should not get a head start and advantage in the new economy because their school has more money. Amy Chance, sacbee, "'Not all machines are evil,' and other thoughts on California's changing economy," 2 July 2018 These include expanding the existing School Marshal Program, which allows school districts, private schools and junior colleges to appoint a school marshal for their schools. State Senator Robert Nichols, Houston Chronicle, "Nichols: Comptroller hoping to reconnect Texans with unclaimed property," 29 June 2018 The bus was heading to the Foundation School in Largo, a private school for students with special needs, according to John White, a county school spokesman. Jess Nocera, Laurel Leader, "School bus attendant arrested for assault," 13 June 2018 On Friday at her liberal private school, which offers classes in hip-hop and Chinese martial arts, Famela, the youngest child, took her examinations for entering the next academic year. New York Times, "At the Heart of Indonesia Terror Attacks, a Well-Liked Family," 18 May 2018 The school recently opened again but none of the abducted Dapchi girls have resumed their education, although 20 of them were given scholarships to a neighboring private school in partnership with UNICEF. Chika Oduah For Cnn, CNN, "'She refused to convert to Islam,' 84 days on, kidnapped schoolgirl Leah Sharibu remains in captivity," 15 May 2018 Police were first called to the couple’s home on Oct. 10, 2012, when neither parent picked up their youngest sons from their private school in Huntington Beach. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "'American Nightmare'? Inside the Life of Millionaire Family Before Dad Allegedly Strangled Mom," 11 Apr. 2018

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1574, in the meaning defined above

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private school

noun

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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