High school stereotype?

I'm British, and i go to a British school, and i've never been to an American school.
My friends and I often talk about American high schools, and wonder whether they are actually like in movies, tv shows etc- with the cliques and the "losers" and the "jocks"
so if anyone here goes to high school, enlighten me! What is it like? I can also in turn tell you about my school/schools here in the UK..

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74 replies since 17th February 2009 • Last reply 17th February 2009

yeah, its the same. its lame but I think its a global problem really

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I went to a private high school and there was a very definite chasm between two groups of people. Though to tell you the truth we outcast all kinda felt sorry for the normal people. And there were only 40ish people in my grade. So it's not exactly like in the movies. I also didn't get along with either group really well, but on good days I could eat lunch with the outcasts. The rest of the nerds worked during lunch. I ended up doing that later on in my high school years.

My brother went to public school for a year or two, and he said it was very different. Not so groupy. Of course our PreK-12 School had only 500-700 people, give or take, and that's how many people were in the graduating class of the public school. There were bound to be a few differences.

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Haha, yeah. Its true, even in my puny loser school there are those stereotypes.
Whats it like in your school?

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yes, Unfortunately those sterotypes are true. But there are few of us that don't fit in any of those groups. We are the truly cool ones. No one figures that out though until we are all grown up. (=

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I disagree a bit. Movies and television shows stretch it, it's not all about being "most popular" really. I find that people just tend to hang out with whoever they have more in common with, not based primarily on what the person looks like or likes.

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well there are those stereotypes but its not as intense as in the movies like theyre are jocks but there are multiple groups that youd label such. but me i am basically an rouge outcast lol so im a gruop with just me : D

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Her question didn't go in depth. She asked is there clicks like that? I went to many different schools and at every school, there were the preps/jocks, the weird people that were into not mainstream stuff/ losers. The nerds. The super smart kids. And the stoners. And cliques oh yes there were cliques and pretty much every click had the bitch leader. At least that is how it was at every school I ever went to. But of course there are the people who don't fit into any of the categories. I was one of them, I floated around if I liked you I liked you didn't matter what you were into.

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Wow. I didn't expect so many replies! well that's interesting. Basically, in my school we obviously have cliques, but they're not really namable.. it's just your friends. I go to an all girls school so i don't know much what it would be like if it were mixed (although i went to a mixed primary school, that's clearly different- primary is grade school by the way) When we first went to secondary school (at 11) there were kind of three groups- the populars, the wanabees and the others, but gradually it changed until everyone was friends with the people they liked. Now, the friendship groups are someone interchangeable, e.g. if you don't fit in with your friends, you can move to another group.. and no group really has a "leader" here either. There aren't people who don't fit into groups, because they all become friends and have their own group.
I'm in year 10 by the way, which i think is the first year of high school (i just turned 15)

Also, there seems to be a stereotypical classroom and general school set out- with the big hallways and single desks. Is it like that? Because here every classroom looks different, but mainly we have rows of desks which fit two people each.

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well at our school we basically hang out with our friends, but its still clique-y u know?

oh school layout haha
our school is different, we have like carpeting and it looks kind of like a lodge? the classrooms have like rows of desks. we have little hallways and three buildings: one for the younger kids [kindergarten-6], one for the older kids (me!)[7-12], then we have a building with the gym, auditorium, lunch room, science lab, and art room.

oh! we are building a new science building because we need a proper lab, right now the 11th graders go to a college every thursday for lab experiments and such.

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uurgh I had a dream that I was still in school last night, but I was this age (20) and in uniform and I'd ended up being there by mistake on the way to somewhere else lol! I had another dream about school where I was this age again but in uniform and at school outside waiting for lessons to start and everybody was smoking.

I feel so old...when I was in school you were either a sweady or you weren't. Then they started saying mosher and goth in the middle years, but 'we' started using chav then. I heard a boy call a girl 'emo' when they got off a bus I was also getting off a while ago...so I assume it's 'emo' and 'chav' now?

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I think it really depends on the highschool (granted Im speaking from a Canadian perspective)...sadly I went to a highschool that was fairly new, and right in the middle between a rich area, a middle class area and a poor area, so there were kids from all of these groups. My school really promoted sports, so the jock clique was also majority the popular clique. Really, our popularity was based off of money, if you had the right car or the right clothes you were popular. Although I was a drifter (didnt really hang out with on crowd), I never hung out with the kids who had money...I wasnt into that sort of thing, and I really rebelled against it. Our cliques were a bit different I suppose... Jock/popular, punks, stair kids (poor/weird kids), nerds (but not like the US movie stereotype nerds...no glasses and pocket protectors).

Our year was apparently one of the cliquiest years, and even our graduating class couldnt decide on one design for Senior Hoodies. Its too bad, but the school has just gotten worse, our school promotes money...even the yearbook which has polls on who has the nicest car, nicest outfits, etc.

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I'm glad we never had dances or yearbook crap or cars (you have to be 17 to learn to drive and we leave high school at 16 here) it would have made it worse. I think over there punks and goths seem more accepted, even if the cheerleaders don't like them they still accept them, although it's just what I assume.

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My school is tiny, like not even 300 kids in the whole high school, so rumors are spread quickly and gossip is started like wildfire. but we dont really have cliques. we just hang out with whoever we want, like 2 of my best friends are major jocks and the other one dances, and i just do my own thing. So its kinda cool to be with lots of different people and see all the different perspectives.

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seriously, all the cool punk-y goth-y edgy stores are based in the UK or Canada. all we have is Hot Topic
*jealous*

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