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!

#1

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GC
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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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#7

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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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#15

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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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#17

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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
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9 months ago

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

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#20

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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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#22

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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
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9 months ago

my elementry did

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#24

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Jamziee
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9 months ago

No they force students to do it

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#25

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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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#26

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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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#27

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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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#28

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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

Anne Reid
Community Member
9 months ago

Well, the sport was created by Native Americans, so why wouldn’t we?

Roadkill The Brave
Community Member
9 months ago

Not all of them. There's regional sports, some offer lacrosse, some have snowboarding or skiing, some have agriculture classes. It varies so much depending on where you are, what state your in or even what part of the state you're in.

Arenite
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9 months ago

Out west they have school rodeo teams.

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Mia Maya
Community Member
9 months ago

Mhm

Ella Greenman
Community Member
5 months ago

I WISH

Peter Shen
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9 months ago

for me no

Sportsgal
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9 months ago

Not back in 90s. Myschool didn't even have soccer, which non-Americans don't get. Basketball, football, and baseball. That was it!

Lorraine R
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9 months ago

We also had track and gymnastics.

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Connie Martin
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9 months ago

Some do, yes. Big schools

Johnny
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9 months ago

I didn't realize this was a stereotype of American schools.

Rad Dot
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9 months ago

Rich white schools yes

Lynn Bradway
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9 months ago

Some. Basketball and baseball more popular. Soccer big for girls.

Celtic Pirate Queen
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9 months ago

Yes, especially the Catholic & or prep schools.

backatya
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9 months ago

Maybe, what are you a spy for another country?

Sara Mccracken
Community Member
9 months ago

best spectator sport at school!

Elizabeth Robert
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes, and archery, softball, baseball, basketball, soccer, band, drill team, jazz band, wrestling, weight lifting, chess, Mock trial, swimming, tennis, track & field, cross country, debate teams,....probably more, that is all that I can remember. And not all schools have everything.

Patti Renwick Parrish
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9 months ago

depends on geographic area... 'richer' schools whose students had parents making lots of $$ did. we did not

Martha Higgins
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9 months ago

Some do.

Kimberly Herbert
Community Member
9 months ago

Depends on the region of the country

Pheebs
Community Member
9 months ago

Lacrosse was a game that originated from Native Americans, so yes we have lacrosse. It’s popular in Northeastern states more than Southeastern. Don’t know popularity all over the country, but it’s based on the native tribes from the area.

Emily Smith
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9 months ago

Yeah. It's actually becoming a pretty popular sport.

Seth Linn
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9 months ago

Not in the Deep South. Football reigns supreme.

CatWoman312
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9 months ago

Not all the schools. Mine didn’t.

JessG
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9 months ago

This is definitely depending on region

Nathan Pogorzala
Community Member
9 months ago

I mean, our indigenous people did invent it.

Whawhawhatsis
Community Member
9 months ago

Only in the Northeast U.S. for the most part. It's not a sport played everywhere. Sports vary depending on the part of the country. My husband's school always had a (ice) hockey team, for example, but my schools never did.

YoyoSthlm
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9 months ago

We have that in Sweden as well.

Fall Out Genderfluid
Community Member
9 months ago

unfortunately yes

Angela Jester
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes, where it's played. If there's an area wide interest in a sport there will be school teams that play it :)

Sarcastic Panda
Community Member
9 months ago

i thought lacrosse was more of a British thing... idk really never seen any American films, books, documentaries etc that have lacrosse in them

OLIVIA WESTON
Community Member
9 months ago

sometimes

Gwenda Christenson
Community Member
9 months ago

some - not all. American schools like organized sports teams. it keeps the kids busy

Betsy Knox
Community Member
9 months ago

That might be an east coast thing; maybe because the game originated with the native Algonquin tribes on the east coast of North America. I'm not aware of anyone who grew up on the west coast playing it. It was mostly soccer for us.

YosemiteCat
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9 months ago

Yep

CR Harvey
Community Member
9 months ago

Not in my state.

Ana Vaquer Perez
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes.

Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
9 months ago

Some, maybe. America is a big country. What they do in Oregon is not what they do in Georgia.

angie but who cares
Community Member
9 months ago

yeah my uncle and mom both took lacrose

alex but festive
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9 months ago

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Grace Galan
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9 months ago

N-nobody dissing lacrosse.

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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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