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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But in a country where more than twenty-seven public school students have been killed this year, these covert technologies make students safer, experts say, without breaking the sense of normalcy. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 Teens for Food Justice now has more than 300 students in New York City public schools actively participating in hands-on learning, either during the school day or in after-school and weekend programming. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How urban farms in New York schools are raising food to fight inequality," 27 Sep. 2018 In April, education secretary Julia Keleher told the Associated Press that there are not enough students left on the island after the hurricane to maintain the island’s regular number of public schools. Chloe Watlington, Teen Vogue, "Students in Puerto Rico Protest Education Budget Cuts in the Wake of Recovery From Hurricane Maria," 6 Sep. 2018 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now funding groups working directly with clusters of public schools in some of the most impoverished regions of the country. Sally Ho, The Seattle Times, "Bill Gates directs US education funding to local schools," 28 Aug. 2018 But the virtual academies are an excellent choice for people who would like to have their children out of the public schools but still have a teacher teach their children—but have them in their home. Charlie Lapastora, Fox News, "Virtual school choice trending among parents for their children," 3 Aug. 2018 In Jordan, the vast majority of public schools do not offer music classes. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "In rediscovered reed flute, a soulful link to Jordanian identity," 13 July 2018 In any regards, Rahm put Rauner's wife, Diana, on his 2011 educational transition team, which helped pilot the conversion of unionized public schools into nonunion charters. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / Race Phony feud: Don’t be fooled by the Twitter barbs between Rahm and Rauner over Dan Ryan protest," 9 July 2018 Four months into her tenure as interim leader of D.C.’s public schools, Amanda Alexander is preparing to hire two deputy chancellors — among the most powerful positions in the school system. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "D.C. mayor launches search for next public schools chancellor," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of public school

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of public school was in 1548

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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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