public school

noun

Definition of public school

1 : an endowed secondary boarding school in Great Britain offering a classical curriculum and preparation for the universities or public service
2 : a free tax-supported school controlled by a local governmental authority

Examples of public school in a Sentence

Both of their sons attend public school.
Recent Examples on the Web New York City, which houses the nation's largest school system and where all public school teachers and staff must get vaccinated, is planning to try to limit the number of students who have to quarantine. NBC News, 4 Sep. 2021 At least 72% of the 75,000 public school teachers in New York City have gotten at least one shot of a vaccine. Gillian Flaccus And Bobby Caina Calvan, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2021 Several other states - New Jersey and California - have also implemented mandates requiring public school teachers, educators and staff to show proof of vaccination or take regular COVID-19 tests. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 26 Aug. 2021 All New York City public school teachers and other staffers will have to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, officials said Monday, ramping up pandemic protections as the nation's largest school system prepares for classes to start next month. Jennifer Peltz, ajc, 23 Aug. 2021 The head of the United Federation of Teachers, the labor union that represents most NYC public school teachers, said in a statement the details of the mandate must still be negotiated. Artemis Moshtaghian And Eric Levenson, CNN, 23 Aug. 2021 All New York City public school teachers and other staffers will have to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, officials said Monday, ramping up pandemic protections as the nation's largest school system prepares for classes to start next month. Fox News, 23 Aug. 2021 The Palmetto State Teachers Association, representing the state's public school teachers, urged Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday to suspend the requirement. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 17 Aug. 2021 The day before, Elder and other GOP candidates were critical of Newsom’s announcement that public school teachers and staff members will be required to be vaccinated or be tested regularly for the coronavirus. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'public school.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of public school

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Buying Guide

Our team at The Usage has selected the best kids' desks of 2021.

Learn More About public school

Time Traveler for public school

Time Traveler

The first known use of public school was in 1548

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near public school

public sale

public school

public sector

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for public school

Last Updated

10 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Public school.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public%20school. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for public school

public school

noun

English Language Learners Definition of public school

: a school that gets money from and is controlled by a local government
: a private school that prepares students for college or for public service

public school

noun

Kids Definition of public school

: a free school paid for by taxes and run by a local government

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!