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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Whereas 42% of that age group had completed secondary school in 2012, 59% are forecast to do so by 2030. The Economist, "A booming population is putting strain on Africa’s universities," 8 Aug. 2019 Former graduates and education experts said the current system places a huge emphasis on tests, especially the gaokao and the zhongkao -- the entrance exams for university and secondary school, respectively. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Beijing education reforms aim to help China's over-worked, over-tested students," 16 July 2019 Palestinian primary and secondary schools are the region’s economic seedbed. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "Why Jared Kushner’s Bahrain Conference Won’t Do Much for the Palestinian Economy," 19 June 2019 The first day of instruction for Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville is Aug. 14, but the start dates for secondary schools will vary. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "When's the first day of school? Here's the list for JCPS and Louisville-area districts," 25 July 2019 The motorist, whose name was not immediately available, refused to yield and fled to the north briefly before entering a driveway at the secondary school on El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego police public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brief police chase ends in crash at Hoover High School," 2 July 2019 With a single earbud in, Kwaje crosses the road to one of Bidibidi’s five secondary schools. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "In Uganda, a unique urban experiment is under way," 17 June 2019 Primary and secondary school students spent up to 55 hours a week in class, extra lessons, or studying, according to a 2018 government report. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Family feuds and social media spats: The generational divide that's splitting apart Hong Kong," 9 July 2019 Authorities restricted social media platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram and disabled SMS text messaging in measures aimed at deterring cheating during national secondary school exams. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "The numbing experience of living through Africa’s growing internet shutdowns," 24 June 2019

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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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