Back-to-school AP style terms
It might not feel like it weather-wise depending on where you live in the country, but summer is rapidly drawing to a close. Kids are coming back from camp, last minute family vacations are all well underway and teachers are wrapping up their lesson planning.
We’ve put together a few pointers from the AP Stylebook to make sure your back-to-school coverage gets a A+.
back-to-school Only hyphenated when used as a modifier.
- “Back-to-school clothing is on sale this weekend.”
- “After a busy summer, she is ready to go back to school.”
home schooling, home-schooler Nouns
- home-school Verb
- home-schooled Adjective
Capitalize “school” when part of a proper name, otherwise it is lowercase.
- “She went to Paschal High School in Fort Worth, Texas.”
- “He went to a high school in Fort Worth, Texas.”
- Note that when referencing specific public schools, capitalize and use a figure. “She taught English at Public School 5 before moving to Public School 7 to teach music.”
Grades should be written using standard AP rules for numbers. Grades 10 and above should be written using figures and spelled out for first through ninth grades.
- “He was nervous about starting the 12th grade, but not as nervous as he was when he started the sixth grade.”
- Regular hyphenation rules apply. “She was in the fifth grade.” “He was a sixth-grader.”