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 The nonprofit's strategy has also ensured that each primary school feeds into one of its secondary schools, and that each primary school has a nursery school within its grounds. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 9 May 2024 The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommended that secondary schools and universities switch to remote education for the final three months of the 2020 spring term, but schools opened in autumn. Cory Franklin, Chicago Tribune, 7 May 2024 School clubs, for example, are listed on secondary school websites. Jenavieve Hatch, Sacramento Bee, 28 Mar. 2024 Within a month of taking power, the Taliban banned girls from secondary schools and rescinded educational policies, including the GEP, through more than a dozen orders. Enayat Nasir, The Conversation, 11 Apr. 2024 Now Teach recruits and supports participants; 850 people working in 100 secondary schools have become teachers by being part of the network. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Apr. 2024 More than half of all hate crime offenses reported in educational settings took place at elementary or secondary schools, with a total of 2,815 from 2018 to 2022. Isabela Espadas Barros Leal, NBC News, 30 Jan. 2024 Those emergency relief funds for elementary and secondary schools expire this year and several Maryland districts have since closed their virtual learning programs. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 24 Jan. 2024 Some students were rescued but 287 of them had remained with the kidnappers – around 100 were from primary school and the rest from secondary school. Sophie Jeong, CNN, 24 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of secondary school was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Secondary school.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

secondary school

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

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