Zodiac High school Stereotype (please don't get offended i don't mean it in a offence)

Aries- Jock

Taurus- Hipster/Indie

Gemini- Social Butterfly/Gossiper

Cancer- Loners

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Leo- Popular/Queen Bee

Virgo- Nerd/Geeks

Libra- Preps/Good-looking

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Scorpio- Emo

Sagittarius- Class Clown  

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Aquarius- Hippie

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Capricorn- Over-Achiever

Pisces- Art Freak

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Honestly, I'm pretty picky.

I use to chill with these group of friends who were outgoing and fun. Oh, boy. How I was missing the big picture. Although most of them played sports and starred in a music video with Iyaz & Snoop Dogg, they immaturely bagged on each other and hollered at guys for each other. -___-x I’m sorry to say that wasn’t my scene. I started pulling myself away from them when they started to bag on me. Like WTF? Don’t mess with me & I won’t mess with you. [= Goosh, where can I find decent friends who I can entrust my secrets to and not have them go hollering at some guy I think is cute? I thought stepping into college would be a different environment, but I see that it’s still just like high school. Cliques, immaturity, and selfishness. 

I wonder if it’s because I’m a freshman in college. -____- 

Let's Talk About: Writing About High School (U.S.)

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.

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General Information

  • 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.

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  • Mathematics Course Examples
    Algebra 1 | Algebra 2 (Honors Algebra 2)
    Geometry (Honors Geometry)
    Pre-Calculus
    AP Statistics | AP Calculus
  • Science Course Examples
    Marine Science
    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 
    World History
    Economics | AP Macroeconomics 
    World Geography
  • English Course Examples
    English I | English II | English III | English IV
    AP English Language and Composition
    AP English Literature and Composition

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Electives (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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School Interiors
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

School Exteriors
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

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Areas/Rooms etc in High School Buildings

Main Entry
Administration & Front Office
Nurse’s Office
Courtyard/Commons
Cafeteria
Teacher’s Lounge

Classrooms (Science Labs etc)
Auditorium/Stage (Events Entry)
Band & Choir Rooms
Gymnasium & Weight Room
Track/Field

Library
Media Center
Art Rooms
"Shop" (metalworking/woodworking)

Parking Lot
Hallways
Bathrooms
Locker Rooms

Chapel
Storage
Janitorial
Boiler Room/Basement

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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

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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]

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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.

Happy writing!

Xx

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I was sharing a room with one Russian and she was, like, the worst. It got to the point where the agency had to come into our room and search for her papers because she was traveling to the UK, and she couldn’t find her papers. So I was on my bed, minding my own business, when they found a pregnancy test, and they’re like, “Natasha! What’s this?!” and she just pointed at me, like, “It’s Jourdan’s.”

In my fandom, there’s this one group of RPers that just intimidate me for no reason. The muns seem nice and everyone knows what great RPers they are, but I’m just so scared to talk to them. Even when I briefly had a thread going I just felt unwanted and afraid. Maybe it’s because they are so popular and they already have their little clique that they RP with, I just figure that they’d never even give me a chance.

On Writing: Cliques

I would be happy to never see another high school clique in a book again.  I’m just a curmudgeonly old fool whose sick of them, that’s my only reason, but I’d be happy to do away with the entire trope.  That’s not going to happen, though.  In lieu of that, I’ll settle for shaking up the established paradigm instead.

  • Consider the size of your school.  Cliques exist, and so does social hierarchy in schools, but the size of the school is going to have a huge impact.  One clique of “popular girls” is far less likely to rule an urban high school of some 3,000 students than they would a smaller, isolated school.  Large student bodies will have much more complex systems involving several spheres of influence, and many cliques will never interact at all just due to a lack of time and opportunity.

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