preparatory school

noun
1.
a private or parochial secondary school, especially one boarding its students and providing a college-preparatory education.
2.
British. a private elementary school, especially one preparing its students for public school.
Also called prep school.


Origin:
1815–25

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preparatory school
 
n
1.  (in Britain) a private school, usually single-sex and for children between the ages of 6 and 13, generally preparing pupils for public school
2.  (in the US) a private secondary school preparing pupils for college

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