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A school (from Greek σχολεῖον - scholeion) is an institution designed to allow and encourage students (or "pupils") to learn, under the supervision of teachers. Most countries have systems of formal education, which is commonly compulsory. In these systems, students often progress through a series of schools: primary school, secondary school, and possibly a university, vocational school or a college. There are also non-governmental schools, called private or independent schools. A school may be dedicated to a particular field, such as a school of economics or a school of dance. Alternative schools and democratic education may provide nontraditional methods and curriculum, or no curriculum, as it were. In homeschooling and online schools, teaching and learning take place outside of a traditional school building. The use of the term school varies by country, as do the names of the various levels of education within the country.
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Main entrance of Arlington Senior High School
Arlington Senior High School is a public high school located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The school enrolls 1,825 students in grades 9-12 and has the capacity to enroll 2,000. Arlington opened on September 3, 1996 as the newest high school for the Saint Paul Public School district. The school was the first high school to be built since Humboldt Senior High School in 1976. Arlington is the only high school in Saint Paul with no attendance boundaries and enrolls students from throughout the city. Often the school is used to reassign students who could not be enrolled into other high schools.

Arlington uses a teaching program called "Small Learning Communities" that separates particular student interests into different areas of the school. Freshmen and sophomores are separated into "houses" of smaller learning groups. Upper classmen follow specified career paths. Arlington offers language classes in French, Spanish and Arabic. The school also participates in the University of Minnesota's College in the Schools program, and offers several Advanced Placement classes. Starting in the 2009-2009 school year, the school's main educational focus will be a program dubbed "Bio-SMART". The program will emphasize bioscience and the use of technology in health care.

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Upper Canada College, Upper School building in 2004
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Upper Canada College (UCC) is a private elementary and secondary school for boys in downtown Toronto, Canada. Founded in 1829, UCC is the oldest independent school in the province of Ontario, the third oldest in the country, and is often described as the most prestigious preparatory school in Canada. At least thirty-nine former students have been inducted into the Order of Canada.

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Mary McLeod Bethune, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, April 6, 1949
Mary Jane McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1875--May 18, 1955) was an educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for black students that eventually became Bethune-Cookman University. Born in South Carolina to parents who had been slaves, she took an early interest in her own education. With the help of benefactors, Bethune attended college hoping to become a missionary in Africa. When that did not materialize, she started a school for black girls in Daytona Beach. From six students it grew and merged with an institute for black boys and eventually became the Bethune-Cookman School. Bethune worked tirelessly to ensure funding for the school, and used it to exhibit what educated black people could do.

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