What kind of high school did you go to?

What kind of high (secondary) school did you go to? Select all that apply.

I went to the same high school all four years (after 3 yrs at the adjacent middle school). Public day school, non-religious (public religious schools do not exist in the US).

I went to two high schools. For years 1-3 and 5, I went to a selective single-sex government high school. For year 4 I was enrolled in a correspondence school, which had students in remote locations all over the state doing lessons through the mail. In my case it was because my family was in England, so my school in Australia was about as far from where I lived as possible. Both schools no longer exist: they disappeared in two different re-organisations within the New South Wales school system.

ETA: I chose “other” for the correspondence school.

Assuming that “state day school” means normal public school, is there such a thing as a religious one?

Not in the United States. But in other countries, yes.

Yes, but not in the USA. I know some Canadian provinces have publicly run Catholic schools. So does the UK. I used “state” instead of “public” in the poll to avoid confusion with English “Public Schools” which are elite private schools.

Private Catholic (Jesuit) high school, all boys.

I dun tournd out grate!

Hey, me too!

(out of curiosity, which Jesuit school? Strake Jesuit in Houston is where I went.)

St. Ignatius of Loyola High School and College Preparatory School for Men (I think that was the full name of it!) in LA. Also just known as Loyola.

England [sic] has a large number of religious state schools; this makes more sense if one remembers that we have a state religion here.

The figures here don’t quite make sense to me, but appear to show that around 1/3 of the country’s state schools are “faith schools”. Of those, “[a]round 68 per cent […] are Church of England schools and 30 per cent are [Roman] Catholic”. There are also 38 Jewish, 11 Muslim, 4 Sikh, and 1 Hindu state faith schools.

What might not be apparent to the outside observer is that the existence of the Church of England as the official state religion probably works in favour of the other Christian denominations, and also the non-Christian groups, having “their own” state schools. It’s a sort of odd variant of that mysterious British notion of “fair play”: if we have weird rules in favour of one group, then other groups shouldn’t lose out… :rolleyes:

Cool! I went to BC High in Boston. Same deal. I actually loved it. I got a better education there than I did at college (although to be fair I put in a lot more effort in HS.)

A ‘big standard comp,’ as it’s known. Basically, a state-funded comprehensive intake (no admission tests) secondary school with no sixth form and no religious affiliation or specialisation, though a lot of schools that fulfill the latter two criteria are also often bog-standard comps really. (England. And I said England because the system across the UK isn’t uniform).

I was at my Jesuit school for ten years (3rd grade through to final year).

It took me a while to vote because the term “day school” sounds so odd to an American. I wonder how many Americans will say they went to a boarding school. The only boarding schools I’ve ever heard of this country were either boot-camp style military academies for troubled kids or those “learning academies” which suspiciously only seem to enroll bigshot high school atheletes who have poor grades.

Private school run by Irish priests in the Warwickshire countryside. There were boarders. I wasn’t one.

Jesuit-run school, all boys.

Private school; officially owned by a non-religious Association but suspiciously full of Jesuits, priests from other orders (one of my teachers while I was there was a Filipense, there was also a Franciscan but he wasn’t one of my teachers) and nuns (from two different orders). Most students had lunch at home, about 20% at the school and a tiny minority (all boys) were boarders.

The ownership has to do with the history of the Spanish Republics: both of them forbid “people belonging to religious organizations” from teaching. In a country in which it was religious orders who first opened primary schools, and in which most of the educational centers of the time(s) were owned by religious orders, this was not a particularly bright idea - but one of the consequences is that many schools with names such as “St Francis Xavier”, “St Jeanne de Lestonnac” or “Don Bosco” are not, I repeat, not, in any way, owned by religious orders. Seriouslyyyyyy! They’re owned by Funds or Associations which share the school’s name. In this way, those schools which had already set up such a fund by the time the bans and expulsions of the Second Republic rolled by were able to stay open, although with less teachers.

The school was and is under the financing mode known as “concertado”: they receive funds from the government, thus they have to follow the general curriculum more closely than an independently-funded school (of which in Spain there are very few). They can add to the curriculum but not take anything away or reorganize what has to be taught in each year (except by teaching it earlier, and this only for some subjects such as foreign languages, they can’t do it for Math or Spanish).

Small public school.

State school, non-religious, had both day girls (like me) and boarders, so I ticked both options.

Yep, me as well. Went to Xavier. There’s also a Loyola here in New York. We always got on pretty well with them, unlike those pig-fuckers at Fordham Prep (also Jesuit).

Something I find interesting about polls like these are how some people are convinced their experience and understanding of something is a universal fact. It’s something I suspect goes away w/ age but I still find it very interesting.