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secondary school

a high school or a school of corresponding grade, ranking between a primary school and a college or university.
Origin of secondary school
First recorded in 1825-35
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secondary-school, adjective Unabridged
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  • For he was a clever man and had been taught knowledge at a secondary school.

    The Torch and Other Tales

    Eden Phillpotts
  • Three or four years' attendance at a high or secondary school is a necessary preparation for first-class office work.

    The Canadian Girl at Work Marjory MacMurchy
  • Now, with all due respect to our primary and secondary school system, this is absurd.

    Of All Things Robert C. Benchley
  • It enrolls approximately 84 per cent of the secondary school pupils of the United States.

    The High School Failures Francis P. Obrien
  • Between the ages of eleven and twelve the brightest children will be transferred from the elementary to the secondary school.

    Boy Labour and Apprenticeship

    Reginald Arthur Bray
  • The secondary school will provide a course of instruction extending to the age of eighteen.

    Boy Labour and Apprenticeship

    Reginald Arthur Bray
  • Almost imperceptibly to-day, the elementary school matures into the secondary school.

    Social Transformations of the Victorian Age

    T. H. S. (Thomas Hay Sweet) Escott
  • A system of trade-schools, therefore, supported by State and private aid, should be added to the secondary school system.

  • As a rule a man is wanted who can teach, in addition, the sciences usually taught in secondary school.

British Dictionary definitions for secondary school

secondary school

a school for young people, usually between the ages of 11 and 18
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