Disputed Nouns in the English Language – “School”

A school is usually an educational establishment designed to offer learning spaces and specific learning environments for students under the guidance of qualified teachers. Most states have formal educational systems, which can be compulsory or optional. In such systems, students initially progress through a prescribed number of schools. The number of such schools is determined by the State in accordance with the academic requirements of each child.


Some States require certain minimum standards are met in order to award a diploma. Other States permit schools to establish their own minimum educational standards. In formal education systems based on the minimum statutory requirements, students typically progress through a prescribed number of schools designated as stages. Each school stage has a set of prescribed educational activities. These activities are intended to prepare students for their further learning experiences.

Students at each stage gain knowledge and skills through the instruction they receive and the experiences they have in connection with the schools they are attending. Teachers at schools impart knowledge and acquire skills through the prescribed curriculum. At each level of education, students will participate in one-to-one or group instruction by experienced teachers who are selected on the basis of their performance. Teachers normally provide students with individualized attention based on the learning needs of each child. Federal, State and local governments to support school education through school financial management funds, grants, community learning centers, and school construction and renovation financing.

Schools provide students with formal education through the provision of instruction, knowledge and skills, and experiences that prepare them for further learning opportunities. The primary purpose of education is the development of individuals so that they can become responsible for choosing their own direction in life. An educational institution designed to give students a formal education includes physical classrooms, schoolroom, hallways, and other school property used for the purpose of instructing pupils. Some States provide public school districts with financial assistance for the purpose of building schools, constructing classrooms, and providing other related items and services.

A school provides students with both formal education and vocational training to enable them to enter the workforce market. Vocational training includes skill enhancement, maintenance of proper and clean conditions, use of safety equipment and proper grooming and health. A school may include vocational schools, junior and community schools, and basic and secondary schools. A school also provides students with leisure activities such as sports, art and music. Many States provide financial assistance to schools in meeting the requirements for financial aid and in establishing alternative vocational learning environments. A school may also employ a contingent faculty consisting of instructors certified in various subject areas and who are willing to work part time during school hours.

The term “school” can also refer to several other establishments including houses of learning, monasteries, convents, camps, and workshops. In the United States, however, the most common type of school is a public school. A public school provides education in the form of public elementary, middle and secondary schooling as well as higher education. Private schools are usually profit making organizations and are available to parents who desire to send their children to private schools.