a private or parochial secondary school, especially one boarding its students and providing a college-preparatory education.
British. a private elementary school, especially one preparing its students for public school.
- Also called prep school.
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How to use preparatory school in a sentence
The bulk of the returned payment was used to establish a Western-style preparatory school, which became Tsinghua University, China’s premier technological institution.China’s path to modernization has, for centuries, gone through my hometown | Yangyang Cheng | June 30, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
He was the 1954 valedictorian of what is now Northfield Mount Hermon, a preparatory school he attended on a scholarship and with money from summer jobs at hayfields.Neil Sheehan, N.Y. Times reporter who obtained Pentagon Papers and chronicled ‘Bright Shining Lie’ of Vietnam, dies at 84 | Harrison Smith | January 7, 2021 | Washington Post
The speaker, Emma Warnecke, was a senior at Saint Mary’s Hall, a private college preparatory school in San Antonio, Texas.‘I’m Going to Say It From the Heart.’ America’s Reckoning on Race Has Come to High School Speech and Debate | Brian Seto McGrath | December 25, 2020 | Time
They come in and actually helped them to form this new organization, to where it was referred to as a preparatory school for NATO.
He went to public school until the 7th grade, and then attended Flintridge preparatory school in La Cañada Flintridge, California.
After preparatory school in Illinois, Hay went to Brown University, where he amused men and charmed women.
It wasn't just any dining room, but part of a sprawling nine-story townhouse that once housed an entire preparatory school.
And going to college was quite another thing from looking forward to a term at a preparatory school.
So she remained faithful to her home duties, but each year kept up with the graduating class of a local preparatory school.
Before night the study looked as homelike as the old room had at the preparatory school.
A strict, disciplinary master required to teach English at a preparatory school for the Army.The Sexual Life of the Child | Albert Moll
It put a singing in my heart to find myself at last a student in a regular preparatory school, with my face set toward college.Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
British Dictionary definitions for preparatory school
(in Britain) a private school, usually single-sex and for children between the ages of 6 and 13, generally preparing pupils for public school
(in the US) a private secondary school preparing pupils for college
- Often shortened to: prep school
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