What is Schools: Definition and 479 Discussions

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 sometimes 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.
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 (Arabic schools), hawzas (Shi'i Muslim 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 homeschooling and distance education, teaching and learning take place independent from the institution of school or in a virtual school outside a traditional school building respectively. Schools are commonly organized in several different organizational models, including departmental, small learning communities, academies, integrated, and schools-within-a-school.

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  1. binbagsss

    Finances of Public Medicine and State Schools

    Who decides finances in a state school or public medical practice? They are funded from the government right, and then for small amounts I guess they are able to do what they want. But for a certain amount I assume they would have to get the government's permission?
  2. C

    Admissions Dropped out for 5 years -- What are my chances at Grad schools?

    Hello, so i have an interesting schooling history and was wondering how that would effect my chances of getting into grad schools. i went to community college for a couple of years but due to deaths in the family and severe financial hardships i really struggled attending and eventually...
  3. jim mcnamara

    NOAA resources for primary and secondary schools - ocean currents

    https://www.noaa.gov/education/resource-collections/ocean-coasts/ocean-currents This introduces concepts and then there are links. One link talks about the "Adopt a Drifter" program. A local charter school (primary) became involved with "adopt a drifter", tracking an oceanic buoy. Kids really...
  4. G

    Physics What kind of graduate schools should I apply to given my stats?

    Hello, I am a senior physics student who is interested in applying to graduate school for physics. I am having a hard time figuring out where to apply, what my safe, match and reach schools are, and in general deciding where I can even get into if I apply so I don't waste hundreds of dollars on...
  5. AryaKimiaghalam

    Admissions Being Competitive for Top US Graduate Schools

    Hi All!, Hope you are doing well. (Grad admissions related) I recently talked to a Professor of mine about my course work in 4th year of undergrad (Physics). My aim is to try my luck and apply to the 15 top programs in North America (Ivy's etc.). With this in mind, my prof strongly suggested...
  6. Shelflife

    Other What "research" are graduate schools looking for?

    I know graduate schools look for applicants with research experience. I know what research work entails, but I don't know what they want to see on applications. I've heard of the following : -working in a professor's lab -being a research assistant -doing an internship -doing individual...
  7. M

    Admissions When to let schools know about an external fellowship?

    I have submitted all my grad school applications (physics PhD) and I learned recently that I won an external fellowship that will cover my tuition (up to ~$20K) + stipend (~$40K, so more than any of the other fellowships I've also applied) + retirement/insurance/other benefits for as long as I'm...
  8. S

    Admissions Applying to top schools -- What do they look for?

    I am applying to graduate schools in physics. I studied physics independently when I was doing a challenging B.Sc degree. Despite taking no mathematics and physics courses, my studies enabled me to score highly in the physics GRE and to succeed in several theoretical physics graduate courses. I...
  9. eternalserv

    My Chances for these Physics PhD schools

    Greetings, guys! I'm trying to decide which PhD school I should apply so that my chances of acceptance will be higher. I just received my PGRE score - 910 (85th percentile). However, since I'm an international applicant, I don't know if that is a good score or not. I have a Bachelor's degree in...
  10. M

    Admissions How lethal is a 600 PGRE for top schools?

    Is 600 PGRE (28%) enough to get the entire application chucked at top programs like Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, etc.? The rest of my application is not amazing but is competitive (3 very strong research-based rec letters, 1 middle authorship, 3.7+ GPA from Ivy with 4.0 for last two years which all...
  11. SloshyUser

    Schools What Schools Should I Apply to as a Transfer Student?

    Hello everyone so I currently am a first-year college student attending my local state university but am wanting to transfer out after this year and I was wondering what schools I should look into. Any input would be very appreciated as I have to pay for my own applications and well, college...
  12. P

    Admissions Grad schools acceptance with a low GPA

    Hello everyone, I currently have a 2.8 GPA after my sophomore year. I am working towards getting my BS in Physics with two minors, Computer Science and Mathematics. I know that my GPA is low to get into Grad school at this moment but I believe that I will be able to pull the GPA up to a 3.3 by...
  13. P

    Other Physics PhD Schools and Fellowships

    Hello! Fellowships: I'm going to be applying to grad schools by the end of this year and hope to start one beginning fall 2020. I've heard from people that having a fellowship prior to entering grad school not only is looked upon positively in your application, but also broadens the area in...
  14. Minwell

    Schools Choosing the Right University: Experiences and Suggestions

    Hello everyone. I am currently a senior in a high school in Canada and I am deciding on which university to go. I now have offers from University of Toronto, Waterloo, and probably British Columbia and McGill. Although my preference is Toronto, I am still wondering if anybody else in this forum...
  15. A

    Schools Astronomy/Astrophysics Safety Schools

    Hey, I just finished applying to some astronomy/astrophysics grad school programs with way less research on the schools done than I should have. I used this forum thread to apply to some safety schools. University of Michigan* University of Hawaii at Manoa Vanderbilt Ohio State UC Boulder...
  16. astroman707

    Schools Do graduate schools look favorably upon published research?

    Do graduate schools in physics look more favorably upon undergraduate students with published research, rather than just research experience? How would an admissions committee weigh two students if one had done published research, but not in the field of physics of which he was applying for, and...
  17. Luis Babboni

    B Ideas for Teaching Relativity to High School Kids

    Hi! I´m studying to be physics teacher for high school and being in the relativity course, next week we will have the opportunity to show to high school kids something about what relativity is about. Any idea about what to show to them in 10 minutes? Thanks!
  18. E

    What is the role of schools and universities?

    Do they quench people's thirst in knowing things? Do they prepare students to find a job? What are (most) students hoping for when enrolling at a school? Can schools and universities really prepare students for the job market? and how? If not, what people should do? Do you think dual-vocational...
  19. TheKracken5

    Schools How to make a list of grad schools?

    Hi all, so I am a junior studying mathematics/stats BS and I am trying to put together a list of grad schools to apply to but I don't know how many to apply to that would be reasonable. I really only want to apply to PhD programs because I am married with a child and I can't afford an expensive...
  20. mercenarycor

    Schools Advice on shopping for Physics Graduate Schools

    Hello all! I'm preparing to transition out of the military, and will have about 4 courses left on my BS when I do. I think it's about time to start looking at grad schools! (YAY!) However, as I look, the possibilities seem almost overwhelming! My question, therefore, is not about how to...
  21. Angel Marrero Jr

    Schools Indiana Schools for Astro Physics

    Can anyone give me some insight as to what a good school in Indiana would be for Astro physics? Purdue? IU? Thanks!
  22. M

    Schools Should I Submit My Fall Grades for Grad School Applications?

    I am currently applying to grad school and have submitted all of my applications. None of my applications have my fall grades, just my schedule. I took 3 graduate courses (the only ones I've ever taken). I got an A in 2 of them, however I withdrew from the last one because I was too busy this...
  23. F

    Schools What's the point of applying to selective grad schools?

    Something's been bothering me about the PhD application process. I know that your future advisor is the most important aspect in choosing a graduate school, and that future success with obtaining postdocs, etc. will depend primarily on your research prowess (which is heavily dependent on if you...
  24. davidbenari

    Schools Which Lower Tier Universities Should I Consider for EE PhD Programs?

    I'm applying to grad school (PhD) in EE. My degree is in engineering physics so I want to work on the parts of EE that would also be called applied physics. So things like quantum electronics, nanotech and electromagnetics. I have already started applying to: UIUC, Cornell, USC, BU, GTECH...
  25. K

    Schools Beamline for schools (High school particle physics)

    Hi everyone! I am a high school student and I was wondering if anyone could provide some materials to help a high schooler study modern particle physics. I am interested in participating in the Beamline for Schools competition, which is where a team of high school students submits a proposal for...
  26. S

    Schools Suitable list of schools for an MS to apply for a PhD program in Optics

    Fifth Year BS-MS Student from one of the premier institutes in India CGPA: 8.1/10 GRE : 310/340 168Q 142V 4AWA TOEFL: 104/120 22R 27L 26S 29W I am applying for graduate schools in the following universities. Is the list sufficient? Any suggestion is most welcome. The list is not priority-wise...
  27. K

    Schools Finding the right specialization in Physics schools

    how to select a masters program in physics?(i am an undergraduate so can anyone help me find right specialization in physics)
  28. W

    Schools Applying to schools without the type of engineering I want?

    I'm a rising high school senior with an interest in industrial engineering. Although I'm aware that plenty of people graduate with degrees completely different from what they wanted to do in high school, industrial engineering is what I want to major in right now. Industrial engineering...
  29. jamalkoiyess

    Schools Undergraduate level summer schools

    I am searching for an undergraduate level summer school, not the ones where you are being taught like an ordinary semester, but preferably the ones where you take a fast 1-2 week concentrated courses, and maybe some research. Something like Plasma Surf. I want something that is either related...
  30. F

    Schools Recognition of German degrees at Canadian grad schools

    Hi everyone! I've got a question about recognition chances of my German degrees at Canadian grad schools. Ideally there would be people out there who did their Bachelor+Master in Germany or in a country with a similar academic system (3+2 years, Master as a precondition to Ph.D. rather than an...
  31. G

    Schools Schools for studying the Casimir Effect?

    What would be a good school/s for studying the Casimir Effect at?
  32. anorlunda

    Chaos in flocks & schools of animals

    A documentary on chaos talked about the macro behavior of flocks of birds and schools of fish. They appear organized, but without central command. The documentary said that this is an example of complex behavior arising from simple rules plus chaos. It compared them to the Mandelbrot set...
  33. R

    Schools Which grad schools would be a match for me?

    Well this is my first time posting here, but I was hoping this could be a helpful resource for me. I am trying to plan out which graduate schools to apply to in the fall and was wondering if anyone knew which graduate schools would be a good match for me and which ones would be too big of a...
  34. Tone L

    Schools Graduate schools with Planetary Sciences

    I was curious if anyone knew of any schools that offered graduate degrees in planetary sciences, specifically studying other planets atmospheres. May be it the study of the atmosphere itself or remote sensing techniques for planetary atmospheres. I know how to find schools that offer the...
  35. P

    Schools Does it matter to graduate school how many schools attended?

    i have been to two schools the first a community college and now in a university and i may transfer to a third one, for family reasons, will this matter to graduate school? that I've attended three universities instead of one?
  36. M

    Schools Accelerator schools and recently received some offers

    Hi all, I applied to some accelerator schools and recently received some offers. 1. University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) 2. University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) 3. Texas A&M (TAMU) 4. Northern Illinois University (NIU) Anyone here familiar with these schools ? NIU looks attractive with its...
  37. Skyline-7

    Programs How good is this applied math program?

    Hi, I am wondering how good or better to say competent this program from applied math is that I would like to join this year? Here it is: Applied Mathematics ====== Year I ====== Semester 1 ----------- - Analysis 1 Real numbers. Sequences. Real functions of real variable. Continuity...
  38. jamalkoiyess

    Schools How to search for the best Theoretical Physics Schools

    Hello PF, I was wondering how could someone search for a graduate school while being a theoretical physicist (expl : String theorist). I mean someone working in an applied area can search for schools with the best labs or latest technologies but not the Theoretical Physicist. Thanks.
  39. C

    Schools Top Graduate Schools for Quantum Information and Computing

    Hey all! I'm a junior undergrad and am beginning to think about what graduate programs I would like to apply to next fall. Recently I've been doing theoretical research in quantum computing which I'm really enjoying. I'm pretty sure that this is the sort of research I would like to pursue in...
  40. F

    Schools Which US schools can I hope to be admitted to for a PhD?

    Hi. I'm an international student from a pretty good italian university and I'm applying for a PhD in the US. Here's my profile: 930 (89%) PGRE 159v, 164q, 3.5w GRE Still waiting for the TOEFL, but should be good 4.0 GPA 3 letters, hopefully good but how can I know? One is a decently known HEP...
  41. F

    Schools Good Schools or Colleges to Become a Chemist

    This may seem like a dumb question, but I am interested in pursuing a career as a chemist or work in the field of chemistry. What are some of the best schools, programs, or colleges to help me pursue this goal?
  42. poincare

    Schools Programming requirements for math grad schools ?

    How much importance do pure mathematics graduate schools give to programming ? Like how much programming knowledge do they expect a successful applicant to have ?
  43. S

    Schools Top schools in North America in strings and quantum gravity

    Hi, the question is obvious from the title. I am looking for the names of the top 30 schools in North America for research work in string theory and quantum gravity. Any feedback will be very helpful.
  44. J

    Schools Graduate Schools that do Turbomachinery Research

    Hi, I have a Bachelors in Aeronautical Engineering and am looking forward to getting a Masters Degree in Engineering. But the catch is that I have not been able to find schools that conduct the research I am interested in. I am particularly interested in Gas Turbine Research, specifically...
  45. K

    Schools Graduate schools for a PhD in Physics

    Hello, I could use some objective feedback on what tier/rank of graduate schools that I should apply to. I am looking to do a PhD in Physics. About me: I have worked in 3 research labs, obtained a 3.0 GPA at a top 30 school, and published a paper. Thank you for the help. :)
  46. D

    Schools Online schools with video lectures & no group work?

    I'm looking for an online American college for a bachelor's degree, with video lectures, and no group work. What are my options? I have difficulty with reading. This kind of a college would work best for me.
  47. MidgetDwarf

    Studying Can schools make you buy the newest edition of a textbook?

    So, I did not receive transfer credit for my DE course. The instructor sent out an email that we would be dropped from the course, if we did not have the current edition of Boyce Di Prima DE. I would not mind purchasing an older edition from amazon, but to spend $100 on a textbook that I will...
  48. C

    Schools Where Can I Transfer with a 3.0 GPA for a Physics Degree?

    Hello I am currently attending college at a 4-year California State University and I am pursuing a Physics degree. However, I am concerned that my degree here will not be taking as serious as those students that have the same degree but from more prestigious institutions. This has my rushed my...
  49. 3

    Schools Would choosing UC Santa Cruz over better schools be bad?

    Right now I've got a 4.0 after taking all of calculus and about half my physics and computer science requirements. I'm almost positive I'll be able to get into some better schools but Santa Cruz is where id really like to live. I'm just curious what other people think and how set behind I might...