private school

noun

Definition of private school 

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

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The low number of racial diversity in private schools in general remains glaring as many institutions face a decline in overall enrollment and are targeting underrepresented communities to boost ranks. NBC News, "Elite NYC private school ends separating students by race," 5 July 2018 One program in the bill will let students who face bullying or harassment in public schools transfer to private schools. Jim Turner, Sun-Sentinel.com, "105 new Florida laws kick in on Sunday," 25 June 2018 One will let students who face bullying or harassment in public schools transfer to private schools. Jim Turner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "105 new Florida laws kick in on Sunday," 25 June 2018 Most who can afford to do so put their children in private schools. Washington Post, "Top Mexico presidential candidate vows to undo school reform," 24 June 2018 Most who can afford to do so put their children in private schools. Christopher Sherman And Sofia Ortega, Fox News, "Top Mexico presidential candidate vows to undo school reform," 24 June 2018 In Kenya, teachers are paid less than those in government schools (though more than in most private schools) and are rewarded or fired partly on the basis of their performance. The Economist, "Bridge Academies battles its enemies," 21 June 2018 People in private schools are looking for something different for their kids so they don’t get lost in the shuffle. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Sylvan Learning makes big push into China," 5 June 2018 The conference was devoted to the discussion of different topics related to diversity in private schools. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "New meditation center opens at The Awty International School," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of private school

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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