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    19 Things About American High Schools That Make No Sense To Australians

    I need to know if the Troy Bolton posters are based on real life happenings.

    In Australia, it's fair to say that we watch a lot of American content.

    And high school movies are 100%, absolutely iconic.

    But, I gotta admit, growing up watching all these films have left me with a few questions about your schooling system.

    Read on to find out what's strange and unusual compared to an Aussie high school.

    1. How does every high schooler have a car that they're allowed to drive to school?

    2. What's the deal with extracurriculars? Are they like elective subjects you can take and do you get graded on them?

    3. Do any of you ever participate in any sporting stuff outside of your school?

    4. What are AP classes? And do you have them for every subject?

    5. Are those big American parties we see in movies real?

    6. And at those parties, is all the alcohol supplied? In Oz, it's always BYO grog — no matter who's hosting.

    7. Can anyone go to prom? Or is it only the graduating year?

    8. What is "homecoming" and how is it different to prom? Is it a reunion of some sort?

    9. What age are you all in your freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years?

    10. Why is it called "sophomore" year? I understand all the others, but that one is a tad confusing.

    11. Why do you have three schools when you're growing up? We have primary and high school, but you guys have elementary, middle and high school, right?

    12. Is there a really big divide between public and private schools in the States? Is one better than the other?

    13. Are your schools really cliquey, or are you allowed to have multiple groups of friends?

    14. Does everyone have lunch at the same time, or is there an allocated time for different year groups to eat?

    15. And do you have to pay for school lunches in the cafeteria or are they free? If you have to pay, isn't that super expensive for an entire year?

    16. Why do you all have individual desks?

    17. Are the SATs just one general knowledge test that covers multiple subjects, or do you have one test for each subject you're studying?

    18. Are student athletes really that big a deal in your schools? Like, hanging giant banners of your basketball team around — is that normal?

    19. And finally, does high school help you get into a good college or is that just a myth?

    Do you have any questions about our Aussie schools? Sound off in the comments below!