public school


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.

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In July 1925 high school biology teacher John T. Scopes went on trial in Dayton, Tenn., charged with violating a state law by teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution in a public school., "July 11, 1925: Scopes trial begins," 11 July 2018 Her granddaughter attended the Gwinnett campus, but has had to enroll in a traditional public school due to the closure. Ty Tagami, ajc, "Leadership changing at Ivy Prep charter schools," 3 July 2018 The children attend Academy of the Americas, a public school that offers a Spanish-English bilingual program. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "She was homeless until a Detroit library stepped in to help," 29 June 2018 According to News12, a custodian who works at a nearby public school called 911 after seeing what happened. Josh Magness, kansascity, "People steal from the pockets of unconscious man after a sudden attack, video shows," 28 June 2018 She’s considered what life at public school might have been like. Mike Persak,, "Delray's Coco Gauff, 14, stays grounded with family after winning French Open girls' title," 21 June 2018 His lease is for two years—a public school will eventually be built on the site, and Gardner expects to remain open until mid or late October. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "Tulum Comes to Canal Street, Palm Trees and All," 20 June 2018 Last year a public school in Mississippi named after Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the losers Confederacy, voted to change its name for Obama. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Richmond, Va. Elementary School, Once Named After Confederate Leader, Renamed in Honor of Obama," 19 June 2018 Through the 2013 Protection of Children Act, the Texas Legislature created the school marshal as a new subset of law enforcement officer to serve as the last line of defense should an armed attacker threaten a public school. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Creek ISD committee considers slew of campus safety measures," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of public school

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

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Kids Definition of public school

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

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