private school


Definition of private school

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

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Some private schools did not open on time, for fear of lead., "Alarming lead levels seen after fire at Notre Dame - The Boston Globe," 15 Sep. 2019 Local private schools, including Case Western Reserve University, John Carrol and Baldwin Wallace University, are part of the network. Patrick O'donnell,, "Say Yes to Education makes college a question of “where?” for Cleveland kids, not “if” City Club panelists say," 23 Aug. 2019 Public schools have struggled to stay competitive with private schools. Los Angeles Times, "Q&A: Matt Logan of Corona Centennial offers insights into his secrets to success," 21 Aug. 2019 About 2,000 Florida private schools take state vouchers, which help pay tuition for students from low-income families, students with disabilities or students who say they’ve been bullied in public school. Leslie Postal,, "Bills seek to ban discrimination in private schools that take Florida vouchers," 13 Aug. 2019 Numerous private schools in the Milwaukee area start school next week. Alex Groth, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It takes a village': MPS welcomes students on Early Start Calendar," 12 Aug. 2019 At their core, both scandals reflect a belief by some parents that elite private schools are the be-all-end-all of a good education. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "A new scandal shows some US parents taking extreme measures to avoid college costs," 30 July 2019 And many private schools get along as well or better than public ones, without requiring teachers to get post-grad educational degrees. James P. Sutton, National Review, "Licensing Reform Makes Inroads in Pennsylvania," 10 July 2019 Another private school in Alabama is shutting its doors. Leada Gore |,, "Alabama private school closing after 50 years," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of private school

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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