Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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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 an elementary or secondary school at which the 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 in which the first six to eight years of a child's education is taught.
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. [2 definitions]
high school a school consisting of grades nine or ten through twelve or, formerly, grades seven through twelve.
junior high school an intermediate school between elementary and high school, usu. including grades seven, eight, and nine; middle school.
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 below kindergarten age.
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.