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
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6 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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6 months ago (edited)

mine starts at 8:00 till 3:00

⭒𝕓𝕒𝕕 𝕓𝕝𝕖𝕖𝕡⭒
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6 months ago

Mine's from 7 till 3

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Hermione Granger
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6 months ago

yes. we dont. no.

Jennifer Forshee
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6 months ago

My middle school started at 7:15. I had to catch the bus and 5:45.

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Renee Wietbrock
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6 months ago

Mine starts at 6:00 am till 3:00

AbbiTabbi
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6 months ago

That is SO early! I usually aren't even conscious until 6:30.

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Ian Bartels
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6 months ago

They've shown that for high schoolers, it's better to start school after 9 am.

PurplePringle
Community Member
6 months ago

No we ain't healthy. We are always tired and all this tiredness has cause me at 14 to look like I do drugs. I get up at 6:10 because the bus comes at 7:10 and school starts at 8:05.

Forty-Two
Community Member
6 months ago

In Washington state it generally works like this: Elementary = 9:00 - 3:30, Middle School = 8:25 - 2:30, High School = 7:30 - 1:50

I'manoob!
Community Member
6 months ago

Wait, are you talking Washington D.C or just Washington? cuz my high school( in just Washington) is: 10:00 - 3:00

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Zophra
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6 months ago

We start at 7:10. We are all...tired.

Xandra, The Little Hufflepuff
Community Member
6 months ago

we aren't, mentally, we are at school from 7:00-2:20

AnInrovert
Community Member
6 months ago

7??? Mine started at 9!!!

Wolfowl
Community Member
6 months ago

I don't learn and I'm not healthy, I'm fricking nocturnal and have to sleep every day after school.

Laura Gillette
Community Member
6 months ago

Yeah, this was EXCRUCIATING as a child and teen. I think one year the first class even started at 6:45 am. In the winter, it's still dark when you have to get up and get ready (I guess that's not unusual if you live at certain latitudes, but I grew up near DC). It was awful. I don't know why school systems do that.

🇨🇦 Clementine 🇨🇦
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6 months ago

My elementary school started at 7:55 ended at 2:36 but on Fridays it was a half day.

ScarlettofHydraIsland
Community Member
6 months ago

Simple. We don’t and we’re constantly exhausted, and we get sick a lot.

Turdman59YT (Jay)
Community Member
6 months ago

mines 9 till 1

JessG
Community Member
6 months ago

Bottom line here: every school is different, even in the states

tangy chip
Community Member
6 months ago

who starts school at 7am? I start online classes at 8:30!

Katrina B.
Community Member
6 months ago

we had zero period from 7:30 to 8:25. School started at 8:30 to 2:35. We had three classes a day (100 minutes), a 15 minute break between class 1 and 2 and then a 50 minute lunch.

Mia Maya
Community Member
6 months ago

SAME!!

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Nishat Tasnim
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1 week ago

Mine starts at 7 am and I have to start my journey at 6:30 am and I am non-american

Nishat Tasnim
Community Member
1 week ago

mine also start at 7 am and i have to start my journey at 6:30 am and I am non-american

Slytherin_blood
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1 month ago

we start at 805 or 815 depending on the day

Elizabeth Tunney
Community Member
3 months ago

Starts 7:00, ends at 3:00 for me, oh yeah and most of us take 2 hours to get ready and fall asleep around 10 or 11 ( for me I finally lose conciousness at 12) and wake around 5. At maximum... I get 5 hours, and look like a zombie. Bags, dark spots.. and I feel like sh*t

bi panda
Community Member
4 months ago

mine starts a 9 and ends at 3 😋

Julia King
Community Member
5 months ago

My school day starts at 8:15 yet we have to be in the classroom by 7:40 or we are late. Like WTF????

the pan with a plan
Community Member
5 months ago

we don't and we aren't

Person
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5 months ago

I'm not american but mine starts fore 7:30 in the morning to 2:45 or 3:45 in the afternoon depending on the days

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
Community Member
6 months ago

i wake up at 7 30 lol

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
6 months ago

My first High School class started at 6:55am (yes, I am completely f*****g serious). I honestly don't know how I would have survived if it hadn't been for the nap I took instead of eating lunch.

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
6 months ago

No, we're not healthy. And our medical system doesn't help.

Kimberly Reetz
Community Member
6 months ago

That would be zero period. And it starts at 7:27am. It’s for students who want to get out of school early.

Scar ️
Community Member
6 months ago

I have school from 7:30-2:30, not including extra time for homework

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes it's insane, I asked about this when my son started high school 22 years ago, they said they were working on changing the times.

backatya
Community Member
6 months ago

Early bird gets the worm

Tom Brock
Community Member
6 months ago

They dont look healthy do they

Flavia Slag
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6 months ago

Yes ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

wifeofweasley
Community Member
6 months ago

Well when I used to go to school mine stared at 7:20 and ended an 2:00 sometimes 3:00

Heather Hayllar
Community Member
6 months ago

ours is 9 to 3

carol Vaughn
Community Member
6 months ago

No we start at 845 and don't an Leave at 315 yes we are healthy.

Anna Repp
Community Member
6 months ago

BTW, the reason behind this I think is the absence of adequate childcare in the US, so school has to start early for the parents make it to work by 8 or 9.

Anna Repp
Community Member
6 months ago

LOL! Mine started at unholy 7:11 am (yes, eleven minutes past seven). Since I walked t school I had to get up before 6 to make it. Hated it through and through. At least my daughter's school starts at 8 or 9 (depending on schedule).

Kaelyn Aliannna Murray
Community Member
6 months ago

We Get ✨No Sleep✨

ISAAC HARVEY
Community Member
6 months ago

That's a really good question. We don't actually learn too much, other than how to waste time and distract ourselves during class.

Klaus Hargreeves
Community Member
6 months ago

mine is 9 to 4 30 normaly but covid pushed it to later

(Fake)BoredPandaIsAwesome
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6 months ago

9:30 LOL

Ivana
Community Member
6 months ago

The biggest issue is when high schools start of 7am. Teenagers naturally have different sleep patterns so they are extremely tired when they drive to school. They found that moving the start time to an hour later decrease car accidents by 30%.

MustardLemon
Community Member
6 months ago

My school is 8:40-1:10! and the when we get home we are supposed to have an hour of homework all together to make up for the lost time, but that never really happens.

Carol Lewis
Community Member
6 months ago

No, most start at 8am.

Jenn C
Community Member
6 months ago

I did a whole speech in HS english about how teenagers are biologically programmed to stay up late, and why school should start later. The response was basically that sports practice after school was more important than our health and rest. And no, sports and clubs couldn't meet before school, and they couldn't be after a later school time because what if the athletes have a job or something. Small town- sports rule.

I Like Jelly
Community Member
6 months ago

Before school I got up at 830 every day and life was good. Now that I have to get up at 6 I get 7 hours of sleep a night and have mild depression 👌

I Like Jelly
Community Member
6 months ago

And I have to catch my bus at 625

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Isabella
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6 months ago

We start at 8:00 in Poland. Mostly. But it's up to school council to decide. When I lived on countryside - school decided not to start earlier than 9:30 since kids need time to get to school bus and get to school. And in high school we started off at 11:30 on Mondays - our board was joking that they already know we get drunk on weekends and would not wake up for earlier hours :D

Ben Barsotti
Community Member
6 months ago

no

Tim Fischer
Community Member
6 months ago

Seems to be not really true though

kathoco
Community Member
6 months ago

My school started at 8:30. Except for the year it started at 6:40.

Emily Smith
Community Member
6 months ago

My school started at 8:15am and went till about 3pm

James Tuthill
Community Member
6 months ago

We are not.

TheDemonUnderYourBed
Community Member
6 months ago

8 AM sharp - 3:20 PM, baby.

Don't Look
Community Member
6 months ago

What school starts that early? I think it at least used to be that you could get your child to daycare that early so you could get to work....

Kubu
Community Member
6 months ago

Earliest lessons in my high school started at 7.10 am (Poland)

SAF saf
Community Member
6 months ago

Yep 7am-3pm... who the hell knows why. It's important to point out that public school is treated more like childcare than an actual institute of learning.

aj B
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes, Not well, and almost certainly not.

CatWoman312
Community Member
6 months ago

I never started school at 7 am

Seth Linn
Community Member
6 months ago

And we wake up at like 530 to get ready and catch the bus to school. Schools here are stupid.

AALIYAH UMOREN
Community Member
6 months ago

same

Lucille Varner
Community Member
6 months ago

No, we are not.

Big
Community Member
6 months ago

I start school at 9:00. Though I do attend a private high school.

Blueberry Woofle
Community Member
6 months ago

My school technically starts at 9, but the bus comes at 7:00, so I wake up at 5:00 to get all my stuff together

Ozzie Ogawa
Community Member
6 months ago

The same here with indonesia. Elementary (1st - 6th grade) ends at 12 AM, junior high (7th - 9th grade) ends at 1 PM, and high school (10th - 12th grade) ends at 2 PM. Those are before extra class, that usually started in the last semester before national exam, extra class typically last for 1,5 hours.

California Jones
Community Member
6 months ago

I don't, and I'm not...

Whitney Anderson
Community Member
6 months ago

my school goes from 7:00 to 4:10 but we dont go on Fridays so that is why we have such long hours

Horror Hero13
Community Member
6 months ago

Mine starts at 9:50 am

Enalpria
Community Member
6 months ago

My school is 7:30 to 2:30. We have lunch at 10:00 😐

that one girl who cant shut up
Community Member
6 months ago

My bus picks me up at 635 EST ad school starts at 736 and it ends at 210 and i get home at like 3

Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
6 months ago

7:15 till 12:30 - Brazil

David Dwyer
Community Member
6 months ago

Mine starts at 8:30, but I know someone whose school starts at 10:00

EmiC _21
Community Member
6 months ago

no. no we are not

Isaiah Edwards
Community Member
6 months ago

I wake up at 5 and walk a mile to get to the bus stop. I COULD wake up later if the district would let me go to a school that's closer.

Martha Meyer
Community Member
6 months ago

School started at 7.30 for me.

Cadmar Orion
Community Member
6 months ago

no we are not healthy

Jack Ericson
Community Member
6 months ago

I've never heard of school starting at 7 anywhere

Mia Maya
Community Member
6 months ago

Great Question

Lili
Community Member
6 months ago

You're probably Canadian or European. Come to Asia, you'll know how much (and how early) children have to study here.

Charlotte Florell
Community Member
6 months ago

I used to get to school at 6:30 am because my dad also had to drive my brother to a different school. It was always dark when I got to school

Dave P
Community Member
6 months ago

Um no. Depends where, what location and that is High School only. Lets explain, a country over 350 million people in 50 states do not have one single school system. I know shocking to people in countries with less people than my city. I live in NYC, Elementary, Middle, and Jr High start at 9. High School gives three options, start at 7 and end at 12:30, start at 8 and end at 1:30, start at 9 and end at 2:30, or start at 10 and end at 3:30. The reason is to allow for students who want to start early and have a part time job in the afternoon (especially low income students), as well as require less buildings and teachers. Most places in the US school starts at 9 though

GalactoFlame
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6 months ago (edited)

Mine starts at 8:00 and ends at 4:00, 8 classes, 2 breaks

Pfia
Community Member
6 months ago

Mine starts at 6.15 till 14.00

Lil_Tae_29
Community Member
6 months ago

Mine starts at 9:15am and end 4:40pm, that was when we go in-person but online is 9am to 3:45pm with 15 mins, 30mins and a 1hr break

Charlie Anderson
Community Member
6 months ago

6:00 to 1:00 for me. Middle school sucks..

sylvantic
Community Member
6 months ago

nah, mine's 8:20 to 3:40. i always get there at 8 tho, that's the best time to chill with friends.

Csaba Horvath
Community Member
6 months ago

Ih Hungary it's 8:00. Also horribly early :D

Carmen Elena
Community Member
6 months ago

In my country we start at 8.

Rae the lemon
Community Member
6 months ago

No... I’m not.

Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
6 months ago

mine starts at 8:25 and ends at 2:40 (we dont have very long breaks/extra registration or time in our tutor room so thats why its so short)

Kateryna
Community Member
6 months ago

WHAT?? How don't they fall asleep?

file indri
Community Member
6 months ago

in Indonesia : 6.30 AM

Sarcastic Panda
Community Member
6 months ago

i wake up at 7am -_-

Journey Maze
Community Member
6 months ago

I wake up at 7:58 cuz school starts at 8:05 #onlineschoolnotsobad

Kitty Berkenbile
Community Member
6 months ago

Pfffft healthy. In America, a kids well-being is the least of their worries.

IFXO
Community Member
6 months ago

well, mine starts at 7 am too oops and I am not even American!

JustAWeirdoGirlChild
Community Member
6 months ago

8 15 am - 4 pm, my ols=d school was 8 - 3 30

Gwenda Christenson
Community Member
6 months ago

only school i know that start before 8am is college (bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, etc). Even then the earliest class was 7:45. All of the schools (elementary, middle, and high schools) in my area start at 8 or 8:30am

Gweg
Community Member
6 months ago

Before the time of glorious COVID, for my district, elementary school started at either 8 or 8:30, most middle schools 9:15, options/application required schools usually followed the high school start time...which was about 7:45. Now because of COVID most schools start 45 minutes later. But someone decided to make my band class period 6, but have it before school at 7:10...I'm not sure who thought that having people trying to play over Zoom at 7:10am without disturbing people was going to work.

Rani Trent
Community Member
6 months ago

It's the only way we can make 2 or 3 hour after school sport practice possible. And THEN homework.

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes. It's exceedingly difficult. Generally, no.

Phoenix
Community Member
6 months ago

Mines better, 7:50 - 3:25 on Wednesdays thought it’s 7:50 - 2:10 But then again 2020 has messed up the system

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
6 months ago

Schools where I live usually start anywhere between 8:50-9am and finish anywhere between 3-3:20 depending on the school.

Queen fhk
Community Member
6 months ago

Well not only America lol

YosemiteCat
Community Member
6 months ago

Mine starts at 8:30 till 2:45 and it’s not that bad

Aragorn II Elessar
Community Member
6 months ago

As a freshman, I had a zero hour class, so I was at school at 5:50 every morning.

jonnotheGOAT
Community Member
6 months ago

mine starts at 8:25

AroAcePanda
Community Member
6 months ago

simple, we don't.

HOT CHOCOLATE <3
Community Member
6 months ago

mine starts at 9:00....

RavenClaw
Community Member
6 months ago

my friends kid goes to school 9:00

alex but festive
Community Member
6 months ago

yeah, everyone was completely dead in first period (except all the theater kids, for some reason)

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
6 months ago

7:50

AbbiTabbi
Community Member
6 months ago

Mine' s 8:00 am until 3:30 pm. I've never heard of one starting at 7 until now...

Owen Salmon2028
Community Member
6 months ago

i wake up near 7:00 or 8:00 then get ready wait a bit surf the web on here and then do online school

Imtiredandiwannagotobed
Community Member
6 months ago

Learn? Half of our bathrooms have sticky floors, how much do you think we “learn” (this is specific to my school, not sure about everybody else)

Erin Kavik
Community Member
6 months ago

UK. My secondary school was certainly not starting at 7am, but our day was 8.30am to 4.30pm. This is unusual.

Sophia Graubart
Community Member
6 months ago

Maybe I have a weird school, but we have school at 8:30

Sarah
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6 months ago

That's my question and I'm an American that starts school at that time! Waking up that early, and then staying up really late trying to finish your homework is not good!

SimplySarcastic40
Community Member
6 months ago

ours started at 7:20 and ended at 3:10 (dont get me started on the random timing) but we also had "zero hour" and "7th period" at one point i had both so i started at 6:30 and finished at 4pm.

Dilly Millandry
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6 months ago

What is zero hour about? 🤔

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Caitlin Davenport
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6 months ago

High schools start at 7, so the buses can drop the students off and drive the routes to pick up the younger kids later.

no_name
Community Member
6 months ago

I don't know, some days we too started school even before 7am, I think it was 6:50? Those were bitch days, because I had to get up at 4:30-5:00 to catch bus at 5:30, to be in the city at 6:30 and then 30 minutes uphill route manage in 15 minutes or so, because I had to you know, change shoes and take off coats and prepare textbooks. Some days we started school at 9:00. Talk about routine. And I think guys from specialized school (don't know correct term in english) had to start school at 7:00 too during apprenticeship weeks. Something about early birds, they say.

Juniper
Community Member
6 months ago

European here, 2-3 times a week my classes started at 07:00 in the morning and went till 16:00, longest break between was 30minutes.

Shelp
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6 months ago

Where? I'm European too and never have I had such times.

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Ms.M.
Community Member
6 months ago

That's in high school, not the younger kids' schools. But yes, definitely too early!!!

Flare
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6 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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Ms.M.
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6 months ago

1. Usually 2. Usually

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Jamziee
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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

Yep and we decorate them too!

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Eva Bryson
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6 months ago

Yes, don't you?

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Ms.M.
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6 months ago

That's always bugged me too.

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GlassHalfWay
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6 months ago

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

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Juniper
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6 months ago

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

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Brett
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6 months ago

Yes sadly

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Aunt Messy
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6 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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6 months ago

Because we put all our budget into our announcements and lockers

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GlassHalfWay
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6 months ago

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

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Jamziee
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6 months ago

They aren't cool it sucks

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Brett
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6 months ago

I wish I had school lunch that good

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SimplySarcastic40
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6 months ago

Yep. ours was awesome!

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Eva Bryson
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6 months ago

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

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SimplySarcastic40
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6 months ago

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

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Jamziee
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6 months ago

one word to answer this- ICE

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The Zooble
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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

my elementry did

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Jamziee
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6 months ago

No they force students to do it

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Caitlin Davenport
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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

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

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Brett
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6 months ago

The high school I’m going to does

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Caitlin Davenport
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6 months ago

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

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Caitlin Davenport
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6 months ago

Yes

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konnarw1
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6 months ago

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

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Caitlin Davenport
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6 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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