The word "school" is an important part of your basic English vocabulary.

  • Children belong in school.
  • The schools in this city are very good.
  • I used to teach at a private school.
  • Where did you go to school?

In the United States, colleges and universities are often referred to as schools.

  • The University of Minnesota is a good school.
  • Which school does Bob want to attend?
  • When the economy tanked, many college students chose to remain in school.
  • The school of architecture is very well known at that university. (Departments within colleges and universities are often called "schools.")

school building

The word "school" is often used with other words:

  • The school day begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • The school year begins in September and ends in June.
  • Juanita has always wanted to be a school teacher.
  • Kids get a lot of school work completed during the day.
  • The was a fight in the school yard. (the area where kids have recess)
  • School books are becoming more costly.
  • We took a school bus when we went on our field trip.

school bus and students

When fish move in large numbers together, the group is referred to as a school. Small fish, in particular, form schools as a form of protection.

  • A school of fish was attacked by sharks.
  • Large schools of fish become feeding areas for larger fish.
  • It’s necessary for tuna to travel in a school because other fish find them to be so delicious.

Perhaps the least obvious way in which "school" is used is as a verb:

simplepastpast participle
  • Sheri was schooled in the culinary arts.
  • This district schools over 3000 children.
  • Tony got schooled by the other kids at the skate park. (To "get schooled" is slang for when a person is taught a lesson or overshadowed by another person’s skill.)

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May 18, 2015