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Asked • 06/26/19

Definition of 'escuela' and 'colegio'?

Spanish has two generic words for *school*: **escuela** and **colegio**. I have heard different explanations for what phases of schooling each word refers to. For example, I've been told that *colegio* refers only to high school and also that it can describe any school all that way down to kindergarten or first grade.Other school words are more obvious: *primaria* means primary school, *secundaria* means secondary school, *universidad* means university. But for *escuela* and *colegio*, what grade or age range do they most commonly refer to? Are there any major regional differences from the norm?

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