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A school is an educational institution designed to provide learning spaces and learning environments for the teaching of students (or "pupils") under the direction of teachers. Most countries have systems of formal education, which is commonly compulsory. In these systems, students progress through a series of schools. The names for these schools vary by country (discussed in the Regional section below) but generally include primary school for young children and secondary school for teenagers who have completed primary education. An institution where higher education is taught, is commonly called a university college or university, but these higher education institutions are usually not compulsory.
In addition to these core schools, students in a given country may also attend schools before and after primary (Elementary in the US) and secondary (Middle school in the US) education. Kindergarten or preschool provide some schooling to very young children (typically ages 3-5). University, vocational school, college or seminary may be available after secondary school. A school may be dedicated to one particular field, such as a school of economics or a school of dance. Alternative schools may provide nontraditional curriculum and methods.
Non-government schools, also known as private schools may be required when the government does not supply adequate, or specific educational needs. Other private schools can also be religious, such as Christian schools, Gurukula,Hindu School, madrasa, hawzas (Shi'a schools), yeshivas (Jewish schools), and others; or schools that have a higher standard of education or seek to foster other personal achievements. Schools for adults include institutions of corporate training, military education and training and business schools.
In home schooling and online schools, teaching and learning take place outside a traditional school building. Schools are commonly organized in several different organizational models, including departmental, small learning communities, academies, integrated, and schools-within-a-school. Read more...
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Whitney High School is a public school located in the southern Placer County city of Rocklin, California, a settlement in the northern Sacramento metropolitan area. Whitney is one of two high schools in Rocklin Unified School District; its counterpart is Rocklin High School. The school is the district's newest educational facility, having opened in 2005 to freshmen and sophomores; Whitney's first freshmen graduated at the end of the 2008-09 school year. That same school year, Whitney was recognized as a California Distinguished School.
The school educates its students using a modified block schedule
program that alternates four periods every two days. Students are subject to eight different periods in total. Students at the school are also taught through a standard-based essential skills program, where students must demonstrate mastery of all skills deemed necessary in a class before credits can be earned; additionally, students must achieve a grade higher than C by the year's end, as scores lower than C equate to a "No mark", and the course must be retaken. As of the end of the 2009-10 school year, the high school fielded twenty-three clubs, including an award-winning school yearbook (known as Details
), a school newspaper (known as the Roar
), and an Emmy winning broadcast program (known as Unleashed
). Whitney also ran twenty-three sports teams as of the 2008-09 school year; the football and girls' soccer teams were champions at the 2009 Sac-Joaquin Section
Championships for the respective sports. Read more...
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- Filipino schools and theaters celebrate Filipino Language Month ("Buwan ng Wika") in August.
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Joseph Havens Richards (born Havens Cowles Richards; November 8, 1851 - June 9, 1923) was an American Catholic priest and Jesuit who became a prominent president of Georgetown University, where he instituted major reforms and significantly increased the quality and stature of the university. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, into a prominent family. His father was an Episcopal priest who controversially converted to Catholicism, and had the infant Richards secretly baptized as a Catholic. Richards followed his father to Jersey City and Boston, working with him, until enrolling at Boston College. After three years there, he entered the Society of Jesus, and studied at Woodstock College.
Richards became the president of Georgetown University
in 1888, and undertook significant construction, such the completion of Healy Hall
, which included work on Gaston Hall
and Riggs Library
, and construction of Dahlgren Chapel
. Richards sought to transform Georgetown into a modern, comprehensive, and high-caliber university. To that end, he significantly bolstered the graduate programs, expanded the Medical
and Law Schools
, established the Georgetown University Hospital
, improved the astronomical observatory
, and recruited prominent faculty. He also navigated tensions with the newly established Catholic University of America
, some proponents of which called for the closure or downsizing of Georgetown. Richards fought anti-Catholic discrimination
among universities of the Ivy League, which resulted in Harvard Law School
admitting graduates of some Jesuit universities
. Read more...
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Dongping County Vocational Secondary School, China
Students in a carpentry trade school learning woodworking skills
To curtail violence, some schools have added CCTV surveillance cameras. This is especially common in schools with gang activity or violence.
A school building in Kannur, India
Primary school students with their teacher, Colombia, 2014
Art work during the Renaissance
A school entrance building in Australia
György Dózsa Vocational Secondary School, Kalocsa, Hungary
Percentage of Students Taking Distance Courses (2012-2015)
Based around the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Notre Dame School was an important centre of polyphonic music
First primary school building in Badagry, Nigeria, built in 1845
Number of Students Taking Distance Courses by Level (2012-2015)
Educational institution of this type in Canton, MI, United States
Vrapice Vocational School, Czech Republic
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