High School

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    Aug 31, 2012 9:33 PM GMT
    I really am curious, what are American high schools like? Not so much the endless drama that you see on TV shows, but like the structure of it and the features they have. I just wanna know how accurate TV portrayals of high school really is. Like the lockers, cafeteria, tons of extra-curricular stuff, decorated classrooms and all that jazz. Is there actual truth to all of that?
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    Aug 31, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
    It depends on the school really. I've been to schools with cafeterias that look like the cafeteria from Mean Girls and I've seen some that are not like that at all. Some schools have tall lockers that you can fit a person into, while some have half-lockers where you could probably fit a toddler into.
    Non-athletic extra-curriculars are student-driven (from what I know) so it really depends on the activity of the students on the amount of extra-curriculars.
    Finding a classroom with completely bare walls is very hard to find. I'm not sure that you mean by "decorated" but rooms have things on walls like projects, posters, etc.
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    Aug 31, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    Yeah I meant decorated like projects, posters, globes, science stuff or maps whatever, stuff like that. And what about computers being in every class and air conditioning for every room of the school?
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    Aug 31, 2012 9:52 PM GMT
    I've never seen a globe in a high school classroom. The high schools I went to have pull-down maps above the whiteboard. Projects and posters are common to see on walls. Only the science classrooms had science stuff laying around/easily accessible.
    The high schools I went to had one computer in every classroom, mainly for teacher use. Teachers also had their own school-provided laptops to use. We had separate computer labs if class ever needed to be in a room filled with computers for internet research, etc.
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    Aug 31, 2012 9:53 PM GMT
    My job requires me to visit high schools all over the united states. In fact, my first high school visit will be on Sept. 10th this year.

    There is some truth to what u see and some not truth.
    Lockers, yes. Schools in wamer climates look way different than schools in colder climtaes. For example, a high school in southern Cal or Florida is usually more open and lockers can be outside, where as in northern climes such as NY, Philly, Chicago, etc....the schools are all enclosed. Usually big campuses, sometimes with several buildings.

    Extra-carriculars are par for the course. That's part of the high school experience. A lot of colleges and universities like to see students who were involved in high school, whether it be community service, athletics, clubs, organizations supporting a cause, etc... different clubs for all kinds of interest, whether is be cheerleading, football, mathletes, drama club, LGBT awareness club, school newspaper, school yearbook, pep squad, band, stage crew, video game club, etc. At one high schooll I was at there was a club for people who enjoyed speaking with British accents..they would gather and just speak in a british accent to eachother, that's it lol. . The idea is to keep the student engaged in something productive versus going home and sitting in front of the TV or computer. Also, to connect with students with similar interests.

    A typical, well-off suburban american high school will offer tons of extra-curriculars for their students. Low-income money-strapped schools do not offer as many opportunities, unfortunately.

    It all depends also on whether the school is private or public, religiously-affiliated or not and a host of other things. High schools here in Cal tend to be shit. Not all of them though, but a sizeable majority. Same goes with Florida. Where I hear high schools in Massachusetts and New York are apparently really good.

    But, it's not all like "the hot foot ball star dating the slut cheerleader, etc.." type of thing u see on TV



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    Aug 31, 2012 10:10 PM GMT
    Nah well I didn't care to hear about the relationship stuff that goes on in high school, just how they are. I always wished I could have gone to an American high school, mine didn't have anywhere near all of that.
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    Aug 31, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
    MarkRoger saidNah well I didn't care to hear about the relationship stuff that goes on in high school, just how they are. I always wished I could have gone to an American high school, mine didn't have anywhere near all of that.


    well u cant. So, stop wishing and move on. icon_neutral.gif
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    Aug 31, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
    Well I just wanted to know if the portrayal was real or not, so thanks!
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    Aug 31, 2012 10:57 PM GMT
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    Aug 31, 2012 11:00 PM GMT
    btw, every high school in the US is like Glee.

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    Aug 31, 2012 11:00 PM GMT
    Import saidbtw, every high school in the US is like Glee.



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    Sep 01, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    Import saidbtw, every high school in the US is like Glee.



    Not in my case. I came out in high school and no one bullied me.
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    Sep 01, 2012 3:25 AM GMT
    The craziest shit is that I went from an inner-city 90% black Jr. High School to a 95% white private Catholic high school.

    It was a huge fucking sigh of relief.......

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    Sep 01, 2012 4:26 AM GMT
    High school is exactly like the movies.

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    Sep 01, 2012 6:22 AM GMT
    High School is social networking set easy, but heavily dosed with complaining. You survived other threads on here... you'll survive high school.