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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Another secondary school in the neighborhood, TEAM Englewood, graduated its last senior class and closed in June. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: A challenger for Kim Foxx, the first day — ever — at Englewood STEM High School, and other things to know to start your day," 3 Sep. 2019 In a bare gymnasium in the Samora Machel secondary school in Beira, at least 12 children are orphans, said Juta Joao Sithole, who represents the nearly 350 people from the town of Buzi who shelter there. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "‘It will get worse’: Perilous times for kids hit by cyclone," 26 Mar. 2019 Data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics found during the 2015-16 school year that racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 20% of all public elementary and secondary school teachers while 51% of students were nonwhite. Tim Perry, CBS News, "Beto O'Rourke calls for a sweeping $500 billion fund to address education inequality," 24 July 2019 Even so, just 23% refugee children worldwide are enrolled in secondary school, according to the UN’s High Commission on Human Rights. Rubayat Jesmin, The Conversation, "Without school, a ‘lost generation’ of Rohingya refugee children face uncertain future," 24 July 2019 Here’s a relatively inexpensive way to improve academic performance at primary and secondary schools: Reduce school-bus emissions. Dana Hawkins-simons, WSJ, "The Surprising Academic Impact of Reducing School-Bus Emissions," 21 May 2019 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

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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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