- the lowest school giving formal instruction, teaching the rudiments of learning, and extending usually from six to eight years.
Origin of elementary school
First recorded in 1835–45
Also called primary school.
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Examples from the Web for elementary school
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She had been an elementary-school nurse for 30 years, for a time at the same school her daughter and son attended.Adam Lanza: Newtown Massacre Suspect a Puzzle to Authorities
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In light of the elementary-school mass shooting in Connecticut, gun control is once again up for debate.States With the Most Legal Guns in 2012
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While the great majority of their elementary-school teachers are women, all the administrators are men.What Scares Turkey’s Women?
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- British a former name for primary school
- Also called (in the US): grade school, grammar school US and Canadian a state school in which instruction is given for the first six to eight years of a child's education
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