Growing up in a European country and never witnessing what it's like to go to an American school, watching American high school comedies, to me, has always been a pretty surreal experience. I'm sure that most of you fellow non-Americans reading this article could relate to me on this.

There are so many things about American schools that have always seemed utterly fascinating to me. For instance, you get letter grades instead of number ones, schools have swimming pools inside them, there's a club for almost anything, you have to get a hall pass to go to the bathroom during class, and lunch meals are usually pretty bizarre. The list goes on. With that being said, Bored Panda invites you to look through this list of tweets from non-American Twitter users in which they share things that they find the strangest about American schools. Feel free to explain to us the things we don't understand or add your own in the comment section!

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ズムᄃノ
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2 months ago

Because they are above us people with number grades.

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Flare
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2 months ago

Maybe me, but not my bro. He takes a nap after doing his homework, gets up for dinner, and goes back to bed.

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Jamziee
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2 months ago

Most of the cheerleaders that were at my middle school were

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Jamziee
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2 months ago

Yes, because if you're in the hall without one, then you MUST be commiting murder (Sarcasm lads)

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago

It didn't when I was a kid, but it does for my children. I hate it.

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Jamziee
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2 months ago

Yeah we do, mine are green in a yellow hall

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ramen noodle
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2 months ago

yup. and they are c r o w d e d

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Maria Roberts
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2 months ago

Not exactly sure why, but D is the lowest acceptable grade. After a D you fail, and F stands for fail.

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GlassHalfWay
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2 months ago

Yep, even a snowboard & skiing club in the Midwest.

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#10

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ramen noodle
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2 months ago

huge, loud, head-ache inducing cafeterias.

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Caitlin Davenport
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2 months ago

Only the really big tests, usually given by the state, not the school.

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Caitlin Davenport
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2 months ago

Since schools are required to bus kids to school, if the roads aren't plowed and they can't pick the kids up, school is cancelled. That's why more rural schools get snow days more often; plowing is more difficult than in urban areas.

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Aunt Messy
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2 months ago

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Americans are cheap. The various school boards hire private companies to do cafeteria catering and they always pick the cheapest bid. The kids are eating garbage, but the schools think they're saving money.

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Jamziee
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2 months ago

To make us feel like we drink but wanting more after

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#15

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Jamziee
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2 months ago

They aren't cool it sucks

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ramen noodle
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2 months ago

oh yeah. and d=that weird square gas station pizza on fridays.

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Jamziee
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2 months ago

Yes, in winter and in spring, I believe

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angie but who cares
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2 months ago

some do mine dosn't

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Christian Bradshaw
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2 months ago

Yes

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Jamziee
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2 months ago

one word to answer this- ICE

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#21

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Flare
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2 months ago

I'm from America, and I hate the page count! I have to add random words and sentences just to get the minimum. In fact, my teacher sometimes does not give a page limit because she wants us to express our feelings without worrying about the page count

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The Zooble
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2 months ago

Especially at age 15 which is when you are a freshman

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#23

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Jamziee
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2 months ago

not where I am, but High schoolers have told me y e s

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#24

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Jamziee
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2 months ago

No they force students to do it

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angie but who cares
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2 months ago

what do you mean lack of windows my school is really bright?

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Jamziee
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2 months ago

Yeah they do, and there was an arranged Schofield vs Silvestri thing in my town after school. The teachers showed up and stopped it

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Jamziee
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2 months ago

yes but they don't have good food and the good drinks (Soda, etc.) Are replaced with gatorate and such and when it's lunch you can't even bring it into class with you

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Squirrelflightisawesome
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2 months ago

Some do.

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Jamziee
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2 months ago

And said dances cost a RIDICULOUS amount of money

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angie but who cares
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2 months ago

yeah my uncle and mom both took lacrose

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SimplySarcastic40
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2 months ago

They only cancel it if it happens in a place that normally doesnt get much snow. In places where snow is common, its business as usual. It rarely happened when i was a kid (we all secretly hoped that single inch of dust would close them down - but it maybe happened twice in my entire childhood).

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Fionn O'Donnell
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2 months ago

now i want jaffa cakes

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