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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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

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Ms.M.
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6 months ago

1. Usually 2. Usually

Imtiredandiwannagotobed
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6 months ago

1. Yes 2. Most likely

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Aragorn II Elessar
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6 months ago

Yes, and they’re always the super popular girls that are usually stuck up

Caitlin Davenport
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes, but the cheerleaders were just normal students, not stuck up and they didn't wear their uniforms in class.

Community Member
6 months ago

At my high school on big game days the cheerleaders did wear their uniforms during the school day in class. Even in winter basketball season!

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Wanna-be Vegetarian
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6 months ago

Most high schools do. They aren't anymore stuck up than anyone else, it depends person to person.

Gwenda Christenson
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes we have cheerleaders for different sports (different cheerleaders for football, basketball, and wrestling are the most common) -- no we are not all stuck up. It can often depend on the school and its general atmosphere.

GC
Community Member
6 months ago

Cheerleaders wore their uniforms to school on game days and players wore nice clothes ( collared shirts or ties when I was in school. Cheerleaders were like everyone else.

Phoenix
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6 months ago

In my experience: Yes

Abby
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6 months ago

I was a cheerleader and most weren't stuck up just very competitive

Michelle C
Community Member
6 months ago

If the school has sports teams, they usually have cheerleaders.

WhatEvenIsLife
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6 months ago

Went to HS in Texas, can confirm, it's exactly as batsh*t crazy as you think it is.

Perfumista Perfumista
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6 months ago

I'm from NY. We had them, but with 1 or 2 exceptions nice enough and did not rule the school. The jocks were a different story.

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angie but who cares
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6 months ago

yes to the cheerleaders being evreywhere but usally only the head cheerleader is f****d up

Karly Codr
Community Member
6 months ago

For the most part, yes there are cheerleaders, and there is about a 50/50 chance that they will be stuck up.

Lumpy Space Princess
Community Member
6 months ago

OK, this comes from movies, but... do cheerleaders also wear their uniforms all the time, like just regular clothing?

Joy Stowe
Community Member
6 months ago

Usually only on the day of the game or match. No one just wears them all the time that I know of.

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TTCA Gravity
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6 months ago

1. Yes 2. Honestly it really depends now- I know lots of really brilliant and kind cheerleaders who just love the sport, but then there are the couple who think they're entitled and don't do so well in school

Jamziee
Community Member
6 months ago

Most of the cheerleaders that were at my middle school were

CincyReds
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5 months ago

Yes, and Yes

Mia Maya
Community Member
6 months ago

Absolutly

Aiyana Menrige
Community Member
6 months ago

Yup. I'm not one yet thankfully.

Suzanne Haigh
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2 months ago

I can not understand why it is so popular for girls to be cheerleader's, they only shake their hands and jump up and down, no brain cells needed.

Elizabeth Tunney
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3 months ago

Yeah, a lot of cheerleaders.. are. Most popular kids are. I got bullied everyday for a year by the popular and cheerleader and drama squad

Deziree Mccullough
Community Member
4 months ago

hey im a cheerleader and its true most of the girls are toxic some of are ok

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
6 months ago

Mostly - and almost always.

DetongLhamo
Community Member
6 months ago

I dislike the whole cheerleading concept. Boys play sport, girls wear short skirts and worship the boys.

Doris Bennett
Community Member
6 months ago

Always!

backatya
Community Member
6 months ago

I will never tell. But why do you need to know

Patti Renwick Parrish
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6 months ago

OMG YES! they are VERY stuck up, snotty bitches.

elfin
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6 months ago

If they have sports teams they may have cheerleaders. As for stuck up, some are and some aren't--just like people in general.

carol Vaughn
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes we do, and depends on the cheerleader

Jane Alexander
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Not only did my high school have cheerleaders with uniforms but attendance at games after school hours was compulsory. California, USA

Ivana
Community Member
6 months ago

I was friends with a few cheerleaders at my schools. Some were nasty and some were nice.

Hadesdaughter
Community Member
6 months ago

Well yes we have them and yes a lot of the time they are pretty little skinny princesses but some are actually nice.

Emily Smith
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes, any high school that has a strong sports presence will have cheerleaders. Cheerleaders are to bolster school spirit (both on and off the field) and serve as an extra curricular activity for those interested. It was primarily limited to young women but now are open to any gender provided they have the grades, money (uniforms, etc) and the athleticism to participate. As far as are they actually as stuck up as portrayed in the movies...yes. Yes they are. They often come from higher income families that can afford tutoring and the expense of supplies to participate. The air of accomplishment and entitlement tends to run high with this crowd.

Seth Linn
Community Member
6 months ago

Schools here get funding based on sports so they are more important than academic achievements

CatWoman312
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes

Beebs
Community Member
6 months ago

1. Usually 2. Most of the time

Lucille Varner
Community Member
6 months ago

yes, and yes at my high school

Spring Fisk
Community Member
6 months ago

yes, and usually these cheerleaders are the most popular Girls

Cal Capone
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes and no they have low self esteem and eating disorders. Only some are stuck up.

Louloubelle
Community Member
6 months ago

I will say as a kid who had been bullied by the cheerleaders; 1 - yes. 2 - yes, with a few exceptions. And the ones that say they weren't stuck up, were probably cheerleaders. Sorry. Just my opinion.

Horror Hero13
Community Member
6 months ago

No Idea!

Mimi777
Community Member
6 months ago

I was one in high school, ah some of them were in. they came across as fake friendly towards everyone.

Maris madness
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes and it happens but it is not the norm

David Dwyer
Community Member
6 months ago

1)Not always 2)Not that I've heard of. In books, it is normally from a shy person's' perspective, so they see them as "Stuck-Up" even though they typically aren't.

Lesbean Bookworm
Community Member
6 months ago

For my school at least, yes, and OHMYGOSH YES

Jude Gepp
Community Member
6 months ago

Once a cheerleader coughed at me because I'm in marching band D: They're stuck up

Amy Pattie
Community Member
6 months ago

Freaked me out about this one. Australia had cheerleaders in the 60s so when I saw them on TV my brain went “oh cool vintage” until Lizzie Maguire became a thing.

Jacqueline Arana
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes and I never actually met a stuck up cheerleader

sylvantic
Community Member
6 months ago

1. mine does 2. no, they're super nice.

Santa Claus
Community Member
6 months ago

And why

JessG
Community Member
6 months ago

It’s a sport, just like the other sports. Also, lots of athletes are stuck up, not just cheerleaders

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OLIVIA WESTON
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6 months ago

High schools mostly

AroAcePanda
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6 months ago

yes and sometimes

Hollysmom
Community Member
6 months ago

Not being a hater but, don't they teach English grammar at your school?

Kitty Berkenbile
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes and usually =/

LegendYak
Community Member
6 months ago

Always

Addie
Community Member
6 months ago

yes and yes

Rustyn Birch
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes. Very much so...

Corey Wilson
Community Member
6 months ago

YES THEY ARE STUCK UP THEY THINK CAUSE THEY'RE CHEER LEADERS THEY SO MUCH BETTER THAN ANY ONE ELSE MOST TIME THEY COME FROM FAMILIES WITH A LITTLE MORE MONEY THAN SOME SO THAT MAKES THEM BETTER THAN SOME BODY WHO DON'T HAVE MUCH

Demetri
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6 months ago

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Yes. Almost a requirement like females taking "home economics" and dudes having to take "shop". This formally introduces "pecking orders" and helps develop the viper-tongued, thick-skinned attitude to compete because only the "best-looking and most popular" females were chosen. Plus, along with "Homecoming Queen, Drama Queen, and Class President, one needed listed "extracurriculars" for college/university, when you later applied to sororities.

ArtistinResidence
Community Member
6 months ago

Are you sure you didn’t go to school with the Brady Bunch? Everyone here takes home economics even the boys and the girls also take shop. We call it industrial technology and yes I am a teacher from the United States.

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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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#7

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Eva Bryson
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6 months ago

Yes, don't you?

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#8

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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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