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 Schools will extend their holiday for another week, but senior secondary school students and students at specialist schools will return to school as planned on Monday. Nectar Gan And Angus Watson, CNN, "Australia to reimpose six-week coronavirus lockdown in second largest city as country battles potential second wave," 7 July 2020 Yet most of these adolescents don’t attend secondary school, let alone graduate. National Geographic, "Migrant teens need school. Around the world, they face pressure not to go.," 2 July 2020 The son of a former Irish international boxer, Martin, 59, had initially embarked on a career as a secondary school teacher before devoting himself to politics. Fox News, "Centrist Micheal Martin to become Irish leader after historic coalition deal," 27 June 2020 Starting Wednesday, primary and secondary school students, as well as university students will stop attending class and kindergartens will close, said Chen Bei, deputy secretary-general of the Beijing Municipal Government. NBC News, "Coronavirus outbreak in Beijing passes 100 cases, as officials rush to stop the spread," 15 June 2020 Primary and secondary school experiences are critical for opening doors to future career options. Robert Romanzi, Scientific American, "Keeping Schools Closed Next Fall Could Worsen Science's Diversity Problem," 14 June 2020 Finalists at the elementary and secondary school level are named in each state board of education district. al, "Alabama’s 2020 Teacher of the Year finalists announced," 4 June 2020 Christopher Morgan was appointed as the district’s new assistant superintendent for secondary school leadership and support. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD board appoints two new administrators," 28 Apr. 2020 Javier Chaparro, the secondary schools director, already had extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to make sure parents could pick up the laptops, freshly sanitized by teachers and staff. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "Mesquite charter school director goes extra mile to deliver laptops during coronavirus outbreak," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of secondary school

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Secondary school.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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