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The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World

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List of the currently operating schools which were founded the earliest. In other words, the "oldest schools" in the world. The list includes both traditional grade schools, along with some trade schools, magnet schools and other sources of elementary and early education. Universities, finishing schools and other institutions of higher learning have been left off the list.

The majority of schools on the list date from between the Sixth Century and the Fifteenth Century AD. The dates provided are based on the best historical guess at the year this school was founded, based on primary source documentation, references to the school in third-party documentation and privately-held records. The "newest" school on the list is Queen Elizabeth's School of Wimborne Minister, England, founded in 1497.

The list includes schools from around the world, though the focus remains on English-speaking schools.
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