Definition of elementary school in English:

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elementary school



1North American A primary school for the first six or eight grades.
Example sentences
  • Eight elementary schools, two high schools, and one middle school participated in this research study.
  • In 6th grade the elementary schools merged into middle schools.
  • Participants were children in seven elementary schools (grades primary through six) in Eastern Canada.
1.1British historical A school where children were taught between the ages of five and thirteen.
Example sentences
  • From public schools to elementary schools, the history of the empire was still little taught, while for most young people Empire Day meant an extra holiday rather than a commitment to dominion over palm and pine.
  • Two years earlier, grants for teaching music in elementary schools were introduced for the first time.
  • When my kids were in elementary school 40 years ago they were taught to hide under desks in case of an atom bomb attack.
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