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

Recent Examples on the Web

Oliver Barton, executive director of secondary schools for Hartford Public Schools, said the district has too many high schools, stretching its resources. Nyssa Kruse,, "'Bittersweet:' CCCMA Celebrates Graduation As Program Phases Out," 14 June 2018 Meanwhile, Catholic school enrollment across the country has dropped from about five million in the 1960s to about two million students in elementary and secondary schools. Melanie Burney,, "Catholic schools have fewer nuns as teachers than they used to," 21 Apr. 2018 In 2015-16 the average primary school in England received funding of £4,900 per pupil per year, and the average secondary school £6,300, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a think-tank. The Economist, "Can a £52-a-week private school work in the rich world?," 10 May 2018 Winners conduct international graduate study, research, university teaching and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Celebration High School alumna to teach Malaysian kids English on Fulbright scholarship," 3 July 2018 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

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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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