State school

type of school funded in whole or in part by general taxation

State schools usually mean primary or secondary schools which educate children without charge. They are funded in whole or part by taxation. The term may also refer to public institutions of post-secondary education. State schools have to follow the national curriculum for their country.[1]

State schools may be called public schools outside of England and Wales.[2]

By region or country


United States


In the United States, "state school" is colloquial for state university, a college, or a university in a state university system. "Public school" is used for elementary, middle, or high schools that get their money from the government or are run by the government. "Private school" is used for schools that do not get their money from the government, nor are they run by the government.


  1. "Types of school- GOV.UK". Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  2. In England and Wales, some independent schools for 13 to 18-year-olds are called 'public schools'.

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