First of all, many of you are going to look at this and be like, yeah well I’m in high school, I know how this works. But if you’re like me and graduated in 2007 (or earlier than that), it’s a little bit difficult to get in that mindset and get it right.
High school is a general idea. You go to school, you take your classes, eat lunch with your friends and try not to get in trouble, all the while counting down the minutes to go home. Seems pretty cut-and-dried.
But let’s go over some stuff anyway, because lots of schools do things differently. I’ll try to be as “on average” as I can.
- Average student ages
9th grade: 14/15
10th grade: 15/16
11th grade: 16/17
12th grade: 17/18
- Schools usually start between 7:00am - 8:00am.
Schools usually end around the 3:00pm mark.
Time between classes: anywhere between 2-6 mins, depending.
- There’s a thing called block scheduling. Not all schools have this, but from what I can tell, most do (possibly?). I had 7-periods a day, every day. I don’t know anything about block scheduling and it confuses me.
- Schools generally (depending on size) have 2-4 different lunch times, where students alternate between different times to eat. This is, one can only assume, to cut back on cafeteria traffic.
example: 10:55-11:18, 11:21-11:48, 11:51-12:14, 12:17-12:45.
- Mathematics Course Examples
Algebra 1 | Algebra 2 (Honors Algebra 2)
Geometry (Honors Geometry)
AP Statistics | AP Calculus
- Science Course Examples
Biology I | Biology I Honors | Biology AP
MicrobiologyChemistry I | Chemistry I Honors | Chemistry AP
Physics Honors | Physics AP
- Social Studies Course Examples
American History | American Government
Economics | AP Macroeconomics
- English Course Examples
English I | English II | English III | English IV
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
(99% of which were not available in my high school, but I’m not bitter or anything)
- Visual Arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film studies, art history)
- Performing Arts (choir, drama, band, orchestra, dance, guitar)
- Vocational Education (woodworking, metalworking, computer-aided drafting, automobile repair, agriculture, cosmetology, FFA)
- Computer Science/Information Technology/Media Technology (word processing, programming, graphic design, computer club, web design and web programming, video game design, music production, film production)
- Journalism/Publishing (school newspaper, yearbook, television production)
- Business Education (accounting, data processing, entrepreneurship, finance, general business, information and communication technology, management, marketing and secretarial)
- Family and Consumer Science/Health (nutrition, nursing, culinary, child development and additional physical education and weight training classes)
- Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
- Some high schools offer Driver’s Education.
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Areas/Rooms etc in High School Buildings
Administration & Front Office
Classrooms (Science Labs etc)
Auditorium/Stage (Events Entry)
Band & Choir Rooms
Gymnasium & Weight Room
Let’s Talk About Cliques & Stereotypes
19 High School Cliques Every Millennial Knows To Exist
A Definitive Ranking Of High School Cliques
The Psychology of High School students in Peer Groups and Cliques
Let’s Talk About Reality
American High School - Movies vs. Reality
A Real Life American High School
Things You Need To Know About High School
Everything I Hate About Highschool
High School Myths
"… almost every school has a semiformal Homecoming dance in the fall (football season), a Winter Formal, and a Junior/Senior prom (the most formal). There can be other, more casual dances too… they are all fundraisers for the student association.
There are cliques, but it’s typically not as extreme as what’s in the movies. They don’t all dress like twins, and they do make friends amongst each other. It’s not like the “jocks” and “nerds” are sworn enemies for life.
Almost every school has cheerleaders - mainly for the football team, but some do it year-round for other sports. They don’t wear their uniforms every day - just on game days and pep rally days. It’s a school spirit thing (there’s a game today, let’s all get excited!)
Not every school has lockers. Some schools don’t allow them, because kids can hide contraband in them. If they don’t have lockers, then they have to lug around their 30 lb backpacks all day long.
In a big school / big town, there will be parties all the time. Somebody’s parents are always out of town, somebody is always having a birthday, etc. But in small towns, it’s not nearly as common.
Yes, football games can be a BIG deal in many schools. It’s a big deal for the town, too. It depends on the size of the place, some school stadiums can accommodate several hundred people, and the people do come. In small communities, they just have a few sets of bleachers and not too many people attend.” [x]
I tried to keep it as short as I could, but there was (surprisingly) a lot of information I thought was important! So I hope this helped someone out there who might be having trouble wrapping their head around what high school is/was really like & all the little technical things. I dunno, this was just fun to make.