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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For the 2014–2015 school year, 51.8% of public school students in the United States qualified for these meals. Teen Vogue, "Food Insecurity Among American Public School Students Requires Aid Beyond Free Lunch Programs," 16 Apr. 2019 The founder of Bold, a startup digital news network, attended 17 public schools as a child as the family frequently moved. WSJ, "Secrets of Wealthy Women: How Carrie Sheffield Changed Her View of Money," 22 Mar. 2019 In January, teachers in California went on strike to fight underfunded public schools. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Access to Education for Black Children Proves Difficult for Their Parents, Creating a Disadvantage," 13 Mar. 2019 Hartford Roots Bermudez Zimmerman and her two siblings were among the 18 children selected as plaintiffs in the Sheff case, which sought to bring racial intergration to the Hartford region’s public schools. Daniela Altimari,, "Who Is Eva Bermudez Zimmerman? A Fresh Face With A History Of Activism," 25 May 2018 Proceeds from the evening provide support for many of the Frick's essential activities, including their various educational programs that serve students in New York City's public schools. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Inside the Frick Young Fellows Ball 2019," 22 Mar. 2019 Off: throngs of guests braved the impending snow storm, waiting in a line which wrapped around Columbus Circle as New York City public school cancellations were coming in via phone/email. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "The World Premiere of Netflix’s Triple Frontier Welcomed Guests to the Jungle," 4 Mar. 2019 That was about $10,000 less than the average for traditional public schools. Craig Harris, azcentral, "East Valley charter, subject of Republic investigation, reverses itself after blocking public comment," 14 July 2018 His father retired as a computer technician for the public schools in Norwalk, Conn. New York Times, "Khanh Le, Matthew Sedensky," 8 July 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

US : a school that gets money from and is controlled by a local government
British : 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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