a public school usually including both primary and secondary grades but sometimes primary grades alone.
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How to use common school in a sentence
No sooner did common schools emerge than violence engulfed them.
The laws of the Republic of Liberia provide for a common school in every town.
Our present common-school system is an off-spring of popular opinion, as that opinion was created and led to action by a few men.
What is popularly known as learning is to be acquired in the common school, high school, academy and college, as heretofore.Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions | George S. Boutwell
No advantages in the way of a common school education were within reach of the youth situated as was Kit Carson.The Life of Kit Carson | Edward S. Ellis
But we need not rest upon the family fact or the old common school system.The Education of American Girls | Anna Callender Brackett