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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 pre-school 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.

There are also non-government schools, called private schools. Private schools may be required when the government does not supply adequate, or special education. Other private schools can also be religious, such as Christian schools, 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.

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Satellite image of Westfield High School (Fairfax County, Virginia) from April 7, 2002
Westfield High School is a public secondary school in Chantilly, an unincorporated community in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. It is a part of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), serving students from the communities including Chantilly and Centreville as well as areas with Herndon addresses in grades 9–12. Westfield opened in 2000 to help deal with the extensive overcrowding at adjacent schools, primarily Centreville and Chantilly High Schools. At 3,260 students, it is one of the largest four-year high schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is often criticized as grossly crowded.

The school was listed as the 46th best public high school in America by Newsweek magazine in 2002 and 27th in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area by The Washington Post in 2006 due to a high percentage of students enrolled in Westfield's Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Westfield shares a business partnership with Northrop Grumman's business IT group that entails sharing of buildings, as well as financial donations and gifts of supplies. It also shares an education partnership with Centreville Presbyterian Church to improve student achievement. Westfield has come under scrutiny because two unrelated murders perpetrated by alumni occurred within one year.

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Thomasschule zu Leipzig
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The St. Thomas School of Leipzig (German: Thomasschule zu Leipzig) was founded by the Augustinians in 1212 and is one of the oldest schools in the world. St. Thomas School is well known for its art, language and music education. The Humanistic Gymnasium has a very long list of distinguished former students, including Richard Wagner (1813–1883) and many members of the Bach family.

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Marion L. Brittain
Marion Luther Brittain, Sr. (November 11, 1866 – July 13, 1953 was an American academic administrator and president of the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1922 to 1944. Brittain was born in Georgia and, aside from a brief stint at the University of Chicago for graduate school, spent most of his life serving the educational community there. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory College in 1886, Brittain worked his way up the ranks from principal of an Atlanta high school to superintendent of education for the entire state of Georgia. In 1922, Brittain accepted the position of president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, then called the Georgia School of Technology, an office he would hold until his retirement in 1944.

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