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after-school occurring after school hours, esp. from the time school is over until the end of the work day.
boarding school a school at which students live as well as take classes.
correspondence school a school that mails study materials and examinations to its students, who return them by mail to the school for grading.
dame school an informal school common to Colonial New England in which rudimentary educational and social skills were taught to children by a woman in her home. [2 definitions]
day school a private school for pupils who live at home and attend classes only during the day. (Cf. boarding school.) [2 definitions]
elementary school a school for the first six to eight years of a child's education.
finishing school a private school at the secondary or junior college level for the training of young women, esp. in the social graces and accomplishments appropriate to polite society.
free school a school that is an alternative to the traditional public and private schools, with a flexible approach to teaching.
grade school see elementary school.
grammar school see elementary school.
high school a school that begins with grades nine or ten and ends with grade twelve.
junior high school a school between elementary school and high school; middle school. Junior high school usually includes grades seven, eight, and nine.
middle school a school that includes grades five through eight or grades six through eight.
night school a school or classes held in the evening, esp. for students who cannot attend during the day.
normal school formerly, a two-year school that trained high school graduates to be elementary school teachers.
nursery school a school for children before they go to kindergarten.
old school those committed to traditional or established custom. [2 definitions]
parochial school a school supported and run by a church or religious organization.
prep school a preparatory school.
preparatory school a usu. private secondary school that prepares students for college.