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after-school

  • adjective satellite outside regular school hours
    • a special after-school class
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art school

  • noun a school specializing in art
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ashcan school

  • noun a group of United States painters founded in 1907 and noted for their realistic depictions of sordid aspects of city life
    Eight.
  • noun early 20th-century United States painting; portrays realistic and sordid scenes of city life
    Ash Can.
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Boarding school

  • noun a private school where students are lodged and fed as well as taught
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  • a school in which pupils receive board and lodging as well as instruction.
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Boarding school, Common school, District school, Normal school

  • etc. See under Boarding, Common, District, etc.
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Bolognese school

  • (Paint.), a school of painting founded by the Carracci, otherwise called the Lombard or Eclectic school, the object of which was to unite the excellences of the preceding schools.
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business school

  • noun a graduate school offering study leading to a degree of Master in Business Administration
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catholic school

  • noun a parochial school maintained by the Catholic Church
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charter school

  • noun an experimental public school for kindergarten through grade 12; created and organized by teachers and parents and community leaders; operates independently of other schools
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choir school

  • noun a school that is part of a cathedral or monastery where boys with singing ability can receive a general education
    schola cantorum.
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church school

  • noun a private religious school run by a church or parish
    church school.
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Common school

  • a school maintained at the public expense, and open to all.
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composite school

  • noun a large British or Canadian secondary school for children of all abilities
    composite school.
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comprehensive school

  • noun a large British or Canadian secondary school for children of all abilities
    composite school.
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correspondence school

  • noun a school that teaches nonresident students by mail
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dance school

  • noun a school where students are taught to dance
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Dancing school

  • noun a school in which students learn to dance
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  • a school or place where dancing is taught.
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Day school

  • noun a private school taking day students only
  • noun a school giving instruction during the daytime
  • noun a school building without boarding facilities
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  • one which the pupils attend only in daytime, in distinction from a boarding school.
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dental school

  • noun a graduate school offering study leading to degrees in dentistry
    dental school.
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direct-grant school

  • noun formerly a school that charged tuition fees and also received government grants in return for admitting certain non-paying students who were nominated by the local authorities
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District school

  • a public school for the children within a school district. U.S.
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driving school

  • noun a school where people are taught to drive automobiles
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Eclectic school

  • . (Paint.) See Bolognese school, under Bolognese.
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elementary school

  • noun a school for young children; usually the first 6 or 8 grades
    grade school; elementary school; grammar school.
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engineering school

  • noun a technical school offering instruction in many industrial arts and applied sciences
    polytechnic institute; polytechnic.
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finishing school

  • noun a private school for girls that emphasizes training in cultural and social activities
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flying school

  • noun a school for teaching students to fly airplanes
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Foundation school

  • in England, an endowed school.
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Free school

  • . (a) A school to which pupils are admitted without discrimination and on an equal footing. (b) A school supported by general taxation, by endowmants, etc., where pupils pay nothing for tuition; a public school.
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grad school

  • noun a school in a university offering study leading to degrees beyond the bachelor's degree
    grad school.
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grade school

  • noun a school for young children; usually the first 6 or 8 grades
    grade school; elementary school; grammar school.
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graduate school

  • noun a school in a university offering study leading to degrees beyond the bachelor's degree
    grad school.
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Grammar school

  • noun a secondary school emphasizing Latin and Greek in preparation for college
  • noun a school for young children; usually the first 6 or 8 grades
    grade school; elementary school; grammar school.
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  • . (a) A school, usually endowed, in which Latin and Greek grammar are taught, as also other studies preparatory to colleges or universities; as, the famous Rugby Grammar School. This use of the word is more common in England than in the United States.
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Hedge school

  • an open-air school in the shelter of a hedge, in Ireland; a school for rustics.
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High school

  • noun a public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12
    senior high; high; high school; highschool.
    • he goes to the neighborhood highschool
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  • a free public school nearest the rank of a college. U.S.
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historical school

  • noun a school of 19th century German economists and legal philosophers who tried to explain modern economic systems in evolutionary or historical terms
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home-school

  • verb educate (one's children) at home instead of sending (them) to a school
    • The parents are home-schooling their daughter
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hudson river school

  • noun the first coherent school of American art; active from 1825 to 1870; painted wilderness landscapes of the Hudson River valley and surrounding New England
    romantic realism.
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Industrial school

  • a school for teaching one or more branches of industry; also, a school for educating neglected children, and training them to habits of industry.
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infant school

  • noun British school for children aged 5-7
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Italic school

  • a term given to the Pythagorean and Eleatic philosophers, from the country where their doctrines were first promulgated.
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junior high school

  • noun a secondary school usually including 7th and 8th grades
    junior high.
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junior school

  • noun British school for children aged 7-11
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Lake poets, Lake school

  • a collective name originally applied in contempt, but now in honor, to Southey, Coleridge, and Wordsworth, who lived in the lake country of Cumberland, England, Lamb and a few others were classed with these by hostile critics. Called also lakers and lakists.
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language school

  • noun a school for teaching foreign languages
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law school

  • noun a graduate school offering study leading to a law degree
    law school.
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Life school

  • a school for artists in which they model, paint, or draw from living models.
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medical school

  • noun a graduate school offering study leading to a medical degree
    medical school.
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Megarian, ∨ Megaric, school

  • a school of philosophy established at Megara, after the death of Socrates, by his disciples, and remarkable for its logical subtlety.
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middle school

  • noun a school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12
    middle school; lycee; Gymnasium; lyceum.
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Mission school

  • . (a) A school connected with a mission and conducted by missionaries . (b) A school for the religious instruction of children not having regular church privileges.
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music school

  • noun a school for the study of music
    music school.
  • noun a school specializing in music
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night school

  • noun a school that holds classes in the evenings for students who cannot attend during the day
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Normal school

  • noun a two-year school for training elementary teachers
    teachers college.
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  • a school whose methods of instruction are to serve as a model for imitation; an institution for the training of teachers.
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nursery school

  • noun a small preschool for small children
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nursing school

  • noun a school for training nurses
    nursing school.
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Old school

  • noun a class of people favoring traditional ideas
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  • a school or party belonging to a former time, or preserving the character, manner, or opinious of a former time; as, a gentleman of the old school; used also adjectively; as, Old-School Presbyterians.
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old school tie

  • noun necktie indicating the school the wearer attended
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out-of-school

  • adjective satellite not attending school and therefore free to work
    • opportunities for out-of-school youth
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parochial school

  • noun a private religious school run by a church or parish
    church school.
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prep school

  • noun a private secondary school
    prep school.
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preparatory school

  • noun a private secondary school
    prep school.
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primary school

  • noun a school for young children; usually the first 6 or 8 grades
    grade school; elementary school; grammar school.
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private school

  • noun a school established and controlled privately and supported by endowment and tuition
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public school

  • noun a tuition free school in the United States supported by taxes and controlled by a school board
  • noun private independent secondary school in Great Britain supported by endowment and tuition
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Ragged school

  • a free school for poor children, where they are taught and in part fed; a name given at first because they came in their common clothing. Eng.
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Reform school

  • noun correctional institution for the detention and discipline and training of young or first offenders
    reformatory; reform school.
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  • a school established by a state or city government, for the confinement, instruction, and reformation of juvenile offenders, and of young persons of idle, vicious, and vagrant habits. U. S.
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Regimental school

  • in the British army, a school for the instruction of the private soldiers of a regiment, and their children, in the rudimentary branches of education.
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religious school

  • noun a school run by a religious body
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Riding school

  • noun a school where horsemanship is taught and practiced
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  • a school or place where the art of riding is taught.
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sabbath school

  • noun school meeting on Sundays for religious instruction
    Sabbath school.
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school assignment

  • noun a school task performed by a student to satisfy the teacher
    schoolwork.
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school bell

  • noun a bell rung to announce beginning or ending of class
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School board

  • noun a board in charge of local public schools
    board of education.
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  • a corporation established by law in every borough or parish in England, and elected by the burgesses or ratepayers, with the duty of providing public school accomodation for all children in their dictrict.
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school bus

  • noun a bus used to transport children to or from school
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School commitee, School board

  • an elected commitee of citizens having charge and care of the public schools in any district, town, or city, and responsible control of the money appropriated for school purposes. U.S.
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school crossing

  • noun a pedestrian crossing where school children cross a street on the way to school
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school day

  • noun any day on which school is in session
    school day.
    • go to bed early because tomorrow is a school day
  • noun the period of instruction in a school; the time period when school is in session
    school day; school; schooltime.
    • stay after school
    • he didn't miss a single day of school
    • when the school day was done we would walk home together
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School days

  • noun any day on which school is in session
    school day.
    • go to bed early because tomorrow is a school day
  • noun the period of instruction in a school; the time period when school is in session
    school day; school; schooltime.
    • stay after school
    • he didn't miss a single day of school
    • when the school day was done we would walk home together
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  • the period in which youth are sent to school.
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school dictionary

  • noun a dictionary specially written for those learning a foreign language
    learner's dictionary.
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School district

  • noun a district whose public schools are administered together
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  • a division of a town or city for establishing and conducting schools. U.S.
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school newspaper

  • noun a newspaper written and published by students in a school
    school newspaper.
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school of dentistry

  • noun a graduate school offering study leading to degrees in dentistry
    dental school.
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school of law

  • noun a graduate school offering study leading to a law degree
    law school.
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school of medicine

  • noun a graduate school offering study leading to a medical degree
    medical school.
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school of music

  • noun a school for the study of music
    music school.
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school of nursing

  • noun a school for training nurses
    nursing school.
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school of thought

  • noun a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
    philosophical system; philosophy; ism; doctrine.
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school paper

  • noun a newspaper written and published by students in a school
    school newspaper.
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school phobia

  • noun a child's sudden fear of attending school
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school principal

  • noun the educator who has executive authority for a school
    head; head teacher; principal.
    • she sent unruly pupils to see the principal
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school ship

  • noun a ship used to train students as sailors
    training ship.
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school superintendent

  • noun the superintendent of a school system
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school system

  • noun establishment including the plant and equipment for providing education from kindergarten through high school
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school teacher

  • noun a teacher in a school below the college level
    schoolteacher.
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school term

  • noun the time during which a school holds classes
    academic session; session; academic term.
    • they had to shorten the school term
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school text

  • noun a book prepared for use in schools or colleges
    text; text edition; textbook; schoolbook.
    • his economics textbook is in its tenth edition
    • the professor wrote the text that he assigned students to buy
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school year

  • noun the period of time each year when the school is open and people are studying
    academic year.
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school-age child

  • noun a young person attending school (up through senior high school)
    pupil; schoolchild.
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school-teacher

School"-teach`er noun
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  1. One who teaches or instructs a school. -- School"-teach`ing, n.
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secondary modern school

  • noun a former British secondary school emphasizing practical rather than academic education
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secondary school

  • noun a school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12
    middle school; lycee; Gymnasium; lyceum.
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secretarial school

  • noun a school where secretarial skills (typing and shorthand and filing etc) are taught
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senior high school

  • noun a public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12
    senior high; high; high school; highschool.
    • he goes to the neighborhood highschool
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Singing school

  • a school in which persons are instructed in singing.
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summer school

  • noun an academic session during the summer; usually for remedial or supplementary study
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Sunday school

  • noun school meeting on Sundays for religious instruction
    Sabbath school.
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  • . See under School.
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Sunday school, ∨ Sabbath school

  • a school held on Sunday for study of the Bible and for religious instruction; the pupils, or the teachers and pupils, of such a school, collectively.
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technical school

  • noun a school teaching mechanical and industrial arts and the applied sciences
    tech.
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To keep school

  • to govern, manage and instruct or teach a school, as a preceptor.
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trade school

  • noun a secondary school teaching the skilled trades
    trade school.
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training school

  • noun a school providing practical vocational and technical training
  • noun correctional institution for the detention and discipline and training of young or first offenders
    reformatory; reform school.
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veterinary school

  • noun a school teaching veterinary medicine
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vocational school

  • noun a secondary school teaching the skilled trades
    trade school.
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Writing school

  • a school for instruction in penmanship.
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