from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A school at a level between elementary and high school, typically including grades five through eight.
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- n. A school which crosses the traditional divide between primary school and secondary school
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- n. a school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12
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The New York Times reports that American students' reading scores are going down starting in middle school and continuing through college.