- a public school usually including both primary and secondary grades but sometimes primary grades alone.
Origin of common school
An Americanism dating back to 1650–60
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Examples from the Web for common school
Some are college-bred men, but many more have only a common-school education.High Adventure
James Norman Hall
Two sections of land are set aside for the common-school fund.The Seat of Empire
Charles Carleton Coffin
Each State, as I have said before, has its own common-school system.The Spirit of America
Henry Van Dyke
After receiving a common-school education, he studied law for some time, but had to abandon his studies on account of ill health.The Great Strike on the 'Q'
John A. Hall
But are you ready to maintain that there is no element of excess infused into our common-school system?