comprehensive school


Origin:
1945–50

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comprehensive school
 
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1.  chiefly (Brit) a secondary school for children of all abilities from the same district
2.  (Eastern Canadian) another name for composite school

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comprehensive school

in England, secondary school offering the curricula of a grammar school, a technical school, and a secondary modern school, with no division into separate compartments. Pupils are placed in A, B, or C "streams" according to their aptitudes and abilities. Comprehensives are similar to the large, multipurpose American high school, in which the ability grouping system is known as "tracking."

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Art, swimming, and ornithology were his primary interests at the tough local comprehensive school.
The ultimate goal of comprehensive school counseling programs is student success.
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