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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Windle Trust Kenya, the nonprofit that runs Kakuma’s secondary schools in partnership with UNHCR, lacks the money to do more than triage. Sarah Butrymowicz, Marie Claire, "Refugee Girls Want to Change the World. Will We Let Them?," 7 Jan. 2019 Some did not even do primary school, others did not do secondary school. Howard Reich,, "Precious possessions: The genocide survivors who kept them tell their stories," 13 July 2018 Some 63m children of the relevant age do not go to primary school; another 200m do not attend secondary school. The Economist, "Universal lessons," 5 July 2018 At least 224 primary schools and 42 secondary schools in Wajir County can no longer function after non-local teachers fled. Washington Post, "Teachers flee, schools close in Kenya with al-Shabab attacks," 5 May 2018 Hurd has said requirements would include two years of post-secondary school or completion of military enlistment, employment 80 percent of the time and no criminal record. Kevin Diaz And Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "First GOP immigration bill: relief for ‘Dreamers’ and money for a wall," 10 Jan. 2018 Deng fell into teaching without any real enthusiasm shortly after finishing secondary school. Sarah Butrymowicz, Marie Claire, "Refugee Girls Want to Change the World. Will We Let Them?," 7 Jan. 2019 Girls who attend secondary school earn higher salaries, have lower infant and maternal mortality rates, and are less likely to contract malaria and HIV. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "Michelle Obama Launches the Global Girls Alliance on the Today Show," 11 Oct. 2018 Many states also allow the use of these funds for tuition for elementary or secondary schools. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "House Republicans Unveil Tax Plan Focused on Savings, Retirement," 24 July 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

British : 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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