public school


: an endowed secondary boarding school in Great Britain offering a classical curriculum and preparation for the universities or public service
: 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 As of the 2021-22 school year, about 95% of Wisconsin's public school teachers were white, and 76% were female. Rory Linnane, Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2024 Among public school parents, that number drops to 55%. Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee, 11 Apr. 2024 School facilities funding Over the coming year, state coffers will send out $1.5 billion and redirect $500 million to school districts around Idaho to help with a backlog of repairs on school buildings that has dogged the state’s public schools system for years. Ian Max Stevenson, Idaho Statesman, 11 Apr. 2024 Located in the southwestern part of Marion County, Decatur Township Schools is one of the smaller school districts out of the 11 traditional public school districts in the county, serving around 6,600 students. The Indianapolis Star, 11 Apr. 2024 Her public school classmates' taunts weren't uncommon. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2024 Across the county, just 52% of public school students scored on grade level or better on last spring’s State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR. Silas Allen, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Apr. 2024 The show focuses on a group of teachers and an oblivious principal who are doing their best to support their students in an underfunded Philadelphia public school. Carly Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2024 Former Heritage star Amanda Muse represented the Brentwood public school last year before joining UCLA. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of public school was in 1548

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“Public school.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

public school

: a British private school that gives a liberal education and prepares students for the universities
: an elementary or secondary school supported by taxes and operated by a local government
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