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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GC
Community Member
9 months ago

I don’t ever know what A levels etc. are. One of these days I need to look it up.

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konnarw1
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9 months ago (edited)

mine starts at 8:00 till 3:00

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Ms.M.
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9 months ago

1. Usually 2. Usually

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Jamziee
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9 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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9 months ago

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

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Michelle C
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9 months ago

Yep and we decorate them too!

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Eva Bryson
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9 months ago

Yes, don't you?

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Ms.M.
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9 months ago

That's always bugged me too.

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GlassHalfWay
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9 months ago

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

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Juniper
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9 months ago

Wait, don't all schools have cafeterias? Where do you eat your lunch?

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Brett
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9 months ago

Yes sadly

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Aunt Messy
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9 months ago

Canadian here. They don't close schools in Canada unless it's been colder than -40C for three days in a row.

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Imtiredandiwannagotobed
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9 months ago

Because we put all our budget into our announcements and lockers

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GlassHalfWay
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9 months ago

Because a gallon would be too heavy on the lunch tray.

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Jamziee
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9 months ago

They aren't cool it sucks

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#16

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Brett
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9 months ago

I wish I had school lunch that good

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SimplySarcastic40
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9 months ago

Yep. ours was awesome!

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Eva Bryson
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9 months ago

Yes, teachers want you in class to learn, not loitering in the bathroom.

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SimplySarcastic40
Community Member
9 months ago

yep...at least in the suburbs because most of us start driving at 16

Anthony Goldstein (female)
Community Member
9 months ago

but we don't drink until 21

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John Topper
Community Member
9 months ago

The key difference between the US and Europe is that in Europe 100 miles is a long distance and in the US 100 years is a long time. Everything is spaced much too far apart here to make walking practical.

Citizen Josie
Community Member
9 months ago

We have more land. We don't have to live on top of each other. Only newyorkers live like that. They choose to do so.

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zims
Community Member
9 months ago

If nothing else the teachers need somewhere to park

Gwenda Christenson
Community Member
9 months ago

where else would we park our cars (the people who work there)? as for students, usually only for high school --- where else would you park? when you live 20+ miles away from school you have to drive or be bussed.

Calypso poet
Community Member
9 months ago

Our high school parking lot was so big it was a common place for people to practice maneuverability or parallel parking for their driving test. It held at least 200 cars.

Jack Ericson
Community Member
9 months ago

Where else would we park?

Phoenix
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes.....is this not a thing anywhere else?

Sanne H.
Community Member
9 months ago

We just had a huge bicycle parking lot. Since driving is only allowed for 18+ and owning a car is quite expensive in NL, most kids went to school by bike, even when living 20 km from school. My physical health was pretty good in those days :-)

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Angela Jester
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes, because once they have their license if they have access to a car most kids drive themselves to school.

Troux
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

Americans are more individually dependent upon cars than most countries. This is not news. We also have dedicated parking lots for restaurants, public parks, libraries and all kinds of other facilities which might not have them in countries with stronger public transport systems.

Ivana
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes, a lot of country kids drive in because the bus route can take an hour and a half when everyone lives 40 minutes from school.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes, where else would people park?

స్టీఫెన్ ఆండ్రూ
Community Member
9 months ago

Where else would the teachers and students park their cars?

(╯ ͠° ͟ʖ ͡°)╯┻━┻ ¯_(ツ)_/¯ CS
9 months ago

I went to a school where it is a mud pit in the fall

jevais
Community Member
9 months ago

Parking lots are necessary as of 16 years old there's no bus to bring us to High Schools, hence we need a car. One must remember the distances are not the same in some European countries.

Little Epic12
Community Member
1 month ago

yup. teachers/visitor parking, bus parking, and then student parking.

not happy and he does know it
Community Member
7 months ago

My school in the UK has one!

CincyReds
Community Member
9 months ago

Where are we supposed to park?

Joanne Hudson
Community Member
9 months ago

We don't have much public transportation. My school incorporated kids from elementary schools all over the county for high school but there were a lot of small elementary schools for little ones.

Keley Babs
Community Member
9 months ago

Just like how we can't FATHOM a world where we could live WITHOUT OUR CAR!!!

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes. Where else would we put the horses and covered wagons?

Susan Egan
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes, for staff, parents, and when the older kids start to get to driving age for them.

Kimberly Reetz
Community Member
9 months ago

Oh yeah and if you want a prime spot you need to have zero period.

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
9 months ago

Where else would the kids park?

backatya
Community Member
9 months ago

where are you suppose to park your car?

Susan Thomas
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes. Smaller for primary, elementary and middle school because it’s only the teachers, staff and parent volunteers but high school has large ones since many juniors and seniors drive themselves to school.

Flavia Slag
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes for students and teachers.

Patti Renwick Parrish
Community Member
9 months ago

yes, going to a larger high school we did have a decent size parking lot

Faith Hurst
Community Member
9 months ago

Only if people drive to the school. Where do the adults on campuses park?

elfin
Community Member
9 months ago

Well, they probably do if they have lots of students old enough to drive.

MidNightWriter24
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes. And they are a literal NIGHTMARE to get out of during pick-up or drop-off.

Emily Smith
Community Member
9 months ago

Staff and older students with cars gotta park somewhere!

Logan Jones
Community Member
9 months ago

One day a year, many country students would drive their tractors to school.

SAF saf
Community Member
9 months ago

Two kids in 8th grade would drive their dads truck to school. we're able to get a drivers license pretty young.

Citizen Josie
Community Member
9 months ago

People are allowed to have driving license since they are 16. You are still in school at that age. So yes students and staff do have a parking spot

Seth Linn
Community Member
9 months ago

This one confuses me, where else would people park?

CatWoman312
Community Member
9 months ago

No we park on the football field. Wtf

Benjamin Lensgraf
Community Member
9 months ago

where else would I park my car after I drive to school?

JessG
Community Member
9 months ago

What a stupid question. Most people start driving as a teenager. Also, staff and faculty actually drive too

Jean H.
Community Member
9 months ago

Yeap...and you have to pay a fee to park in the lot!

BABY_FOX_ヾ(•ω•)o
Community Member
9 months ago

My mom told me that she started driving at 18, and she is Japanese

Orange
Community Member
9 months ago

no we dont

Eric Law
Community Member
9 months ago

It beats parking your car in the woods!

Sportsgal
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes

sylvantic
Community Member
9 months ago

yeah. ours is small, but teachers need them, parents need them for dropping stuff off, the Robotics team needs it...

lara
Community Member
9 months ago

Yep, I drove to school, it was about twelve miles from my house. I wasn't going to walk.

ArtistinResidence
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes and the seniors sometimes get first choice of where to park. We have our seniors and juniors park in the front and our sophomore’s park in the back with the teachers. So many students have cars and need to drive to school and then go to work afterwards that American schools provide parking. This would not be true in urban areas like New York city.

Betsy Knox
Community Member
9 months ago

I wish that was true. My high school got a lot of complaints from all the students' cars parked in front of their homes.

Roadkill The Brave
Community Member
9 months ago

Every school I went to, even the K-12, had a parking lot. All my schools offered Drivers Ed too.

Roadkill The Brave
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

Y'all have got to remember car culture is a thing in the U.S. and public transportation isn't especially in the Midwest. We need cars or we can't get anywhere cheap...ish.

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Helen Haley
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes. Working parents and no real public transport means a lot of kids start driving to school as soon as their state licenses them.

YosemiteCat
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes

CR Harvey
Community Member
9 months ago

Lots of kids drive in. Status thing.

Ana Vaquer Perez
Community Member
9 months ago

Uhhhh yes

PjandBolt
Community Member
9 months ago

We have a parking lot specifically for the students, and if you park wrong or this and that random crap then the school will put a humongous sicker across your car that's almost impossible to remove. I'm glad I walk!!

Random Person
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

Where else will the teachers and students over 16 park?

Erin Kavik
Community Member
9 months ago

Not American and my school's main open space that wasn't grass was a car park. For the teachers though.

Caitlin Davenport
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes, don't have public transportation that is worth a d*mn. Teachers and some students drive to school.

The Zooble
Community Member
9 months ago

My school has a parking lot and it's definitely not in America

angie but who cares
Community Member
9 months ago

yeah alot of kids get drivien to school

Kyle D
Community Member
9 months ago

Of course, where do you think teachers park? Presuming you mean student parking, some high schools do. My class was over 700 people, not everyone of them was able to ride the bus.

Christian Bradshaw
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes

Whitney Anderson
Community Member
9 months ago

i am 14 and i already have my licence

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Jamziee
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9 months ago

one word to answer this- ICE

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The Zooble
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9 months ago

To be very honest, I'm English and I usually do page count rather than word count

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konnarw1
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9 months ago

yeah i wondered this and are the woman stale or something lol

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angie but who cares
Community Member
9 months ago

my elementry did

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Jamziee
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9 months ago

No they force students to do it

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Caitlin Davenport
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9 months ago

So we aren't "distracted". Even rooms with windows usually had the blinds closed.

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Caitlin Davenport
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9 months ago

Not really. We have nearby schools we compete against in sports, but any rivalry is very light-hearted.

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SimplySarcastic40
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9 months ago

we had an apple machine...for $0.20 you got an apple.

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Brett
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9 months ago

The high school I’m going to does

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Caitlin Davenport
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9 months ago

We don't, dances are usually 4 times a year.

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Caitlin Davenport
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9 months ago

Yes

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konnarw1
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9 months ago

yeah sorry but you should move to america.(JK)

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Caitlin Davenport
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9 months ago

Candy was usually a very tiny part, if it was there at all. But it was the most exciting part!

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