StudentsHigh school includes students which are in 9thto 12thgrade (ages 14 to 18).9thgraders are called Freshmen10thgraders are called Sophomores11thgraders are called Juniors12thgraders are called Seniors
Schedule and SubjectsSchool starts at 7:30am and goes until 2:30 pm. Atthe start of the day, students say the pledge ofallegiance. Students have 30 minutes to eat lunch,which they eat together at school.All students have to take English, Science, Math, andHistory. Gym is also required. Students chooseelectives such as music, art, band, technology, orforeign language (usually Spanish or French).
GradesGrades can be numbers or letters. Schools either usethe letters A to F (A is the best and F is failing) ornumbers 0 to 100 (below 65 is failing).
VacationsSchool starts at the beginningof September and finishes inthe middle of June. Studentshave nearly 3 months ofsummer vacation.They also have 2 days off forThanksgiving, almost 2 weeksoff for Christmas, 1 day off inJanuary for Martin LutherKing Jr.s birthday, one weekoff for Easter, and 1 day off inMay for memorial day.
SportsFootballBasketballVolleyballSwimmingTrack and FieldSoccerCheerleading http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXRWQa9tQLwMascots
DancesSchool dances are very common. A Homecomingdance is held at the beginning of the school year tocelebrate the schools football team. Prom is the major dance at the end of the schoolyear for seniors, and students vote for a Prom Kingand Prom Queen.
BusesAmericans usually do not walk to school because it istoo far away. Most students take the school bus.It is free.You wait in front of your house, and the bus stops infront of your driveway. At the end of the day, the buswill bring you home.
LockersStudents move from class toclass. Teachers do not changerooms. Students leave theirbelongings in their lockers.They have 4 to 5 minutesbetween classes to go to theirlockers.
GraduationWhen students finish 12thgrade, they graduate fromhigh schoolThere is a graduation ceremony with speeches andmusic, and students receive their diplomas.They wear a cap and gown to the ceremony.