secondary school


Definition of secondary school 

: a school intermediate between elementary school and college and usually offering general, technical, vocational, or college-preparatory courses

Examples of secondary school in a Sentence

a job that requires at least a secondary school education

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Districts will be responsible for providing materials to parents of students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools statewide. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "John Bel Edwards signs bill to protect students from porn, cyberbullying," 5 June 2018 Public funding, private management — these four words sum up American-style privatization whether applied to airports, prisons, or elementary and secondary schools. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What and who is fueling the movement to privatize public education — and why you should care," 30 May 2018 Brooklyn Technical High School is one of New York City’s eight selective secondary schools. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Alumni From Elite New York City High Schools Unite to Fight Admissions Changes," 20 June 2018 From 2003 through 2016, about 18,000 more elementary and secondary school teachers left California than came from other states, according to a Bee review of U.S. Census Bureau data. Phillip Reese, sacbee, "California schools are short of teachers. One reason? They’re going to Texas," 29 May 2018 So far in 2018, there have been 28 elementary and secondary school shootings, resulting in 40 deaths and 66 injuries. German Lopez, Vox, "2018 has already outpaced 2017 in K-12 school shooting deaths," 25 May 2018 Fewer secondary school teachers were spending their own money -- 93% -- with $430 spent on average. Grace Sparks, CNN, "94% of teachers spend their own money on school supplies," 15 May 2018 Also permanent is the expansion of tax-free Section 529 plan distributions to include those used to pay qualifying elementary and secondary school expenses, up to $10,000 per student per tax year. Erin Arvedlund,, "Taxes in Philly? La Colombe's Todd Carmichael wants to pay more," 23 Apr. 2018 Schuster said, noting that most secondary schools in the district have a track-and-field area students will be encouraged to use. Anne Geggis,, "School walkout will remember Columbine and keep up pressure for change," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of secondary school

1835, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of secondary school

: a school for children between the ages of 11 and 16 or 18

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Kids Definition of secondary school

: a school for students above elementary school level and below college level

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