American High School Tour

American High School Classroom

American High School Classroom

Hi. I’m Denise. Thank you for watching my video. Today I’m going to take you on a tour of an American high school. Of course, not every American high school

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will look like this one, but this is a typical high school. So, let’s go take a look.

All right, so this is a, kind of the entrance into the high school itself. This is the commons area kind of where the students gather and pass between classes. We’ll go on a little bit of a tour and show you some different areas, different classrooms, cafeteria, library, offices, and auditorium, and then we’ll head out to the athletic facility.

So this is the layout of the school itself. Actually, this is just the first floor. The field house where they do indoor athletics is inside [outside] . This over here is the auditorium which we’ll tour shortly. The K area is [the performing arts where the band] and the choir practices. Office areas, and then we’re about to go see the cafeteria shortly. This area over here is more of the hands-on, the engines, CNC, robotics, things like that. And then, again, this is strictly just the first floor.

So this is the cafeteria and actually it looks like this on the other side of this little island right here. It wraps all the way around. During the school day, these areas are opened up where students can go in and select the foods that they like, lots of different varieties from salad bars to sandwich bars and things like that, so it’s a good thing. Here. Down this way in these other rooms, you can see a sign that says The Shack. That’s actually our school store where they sell shirts and other snacks and some other things like that. We’ll go take a peek in there. So this area is typically where the school store is. Again, it’s summertime right now so it hasn’t been set up yet. The students come in and stock it. They run it just like a normal store as part of the business classes. Students will come in here periodically through the day for apparel and food, drinks, things like that. And if you kind of walk this way, their actual classroom is through this cut-through. It’s all empty right now, but this is the hands-on lab, and then the classroom where the teacher instructs and talks about the business practices is right in here. Again, it’s summertime. They’re taking tables out, cleaning the floors and all that. We’re kind of on the other side of the cafeteria and one of the programs that they offer here is a culinary arts program. So if you look in this way, they actually run a real restaurant that’s open to the public. The food is prepared by the students, the wait staff, the check-in and check-out, so people from the community will come. They’ll be seated here and will have a dining experience and it’s all student run and operated. This is some of the food prep[aration] area, just one area. There’s more in back. Again, this is a place where the students come learn the restaurant business, the food service business.

So this is just one of the many hallways in the school. We’re just right now exiting the cafeteria. We’re probably going to head down toward the CTE wing which is career and technical education. Just another kind of art studio. So this area right here, this is some woodworking, some materials like that. This is the firefighter academy. So the students will take classes. They learn how to work on the fire trucks. They learn the basic skills in regards to the firefighter academy. They’ll bring the trucks out. They’ll run the hoses. They’ll do activities.

These are some of the metal shops, so they’ll work on welding, MIG and TIG work, skills like that. A CNC machine so they can plug in stuff and it’ll cut out the things in the metal or wood or anything like that. Basic classroom, they may do some CAD programming then on these computers. Another interesting thing that we offer is a Constructions Trades Program and the kind of the cool thing that they do is they will actually build a house from start to finish and then they’ll sell that house to a needy community family. So it’s a pretty neat program. So this is kind of a life skills area for special needs students, students that are probably going to need extended care when they get older. I think this goes up to nineteen to twenty-six years old, somewhere in there. They learn basic life skills, how to do laundry, how to cook for themselves, how to clean for themselves, and how to care for themselves, how to make your bed.

So this is just another hallway. We’re going to walk down by the main office. This is where the students will have some of their lockers. There’s different banks of lockers throughout the school and there’s different size lockers for different students. But this is basically a business type classroom. Straight down the hall is one of the hallways that we started with. This is the counseling office. This is where the students go to schedule classes, to get transcripts, to work on college entrance, anything academically involved for the students is usually why they come here. Just a basic science lab in here. This is the journalism classroom. They do a school newspaper that’s also published periodically in the main local paper.

Just another bank of lockers. This is kind of the performing arts wing. This is where you have your drama classes, choir, band, performing arts. So this is a drama classroom. What they have behind us here, they call it kind of like a black box theater where they can do small little performances. So this is where band class will take place. They store their instruments in those back rooms as well. This is the vocal music, choir. This is the auditorium: stage, seating, lots of plays, productions, school performances. Back up behind us, behind these wooden walls. These wooden walls open up. You can see through that way there’s more seating. That’s called Lecture I and Lecture II. So if you have a big performance, you open up these, or if you want to do small presentations and things like that, you can do them in these lectures. So this is the back side of the auditorium. This is called Lecture I. There’s a Lecture I and a Lecture II on each side. Up in the back, it’s just additional seating. You can have some small presentations as well. If you have a huge presentation, you can open up that big wood wall that you had seen before and that would give you access or a view of the stage. This is the lobby of the auditorium. You can see outside the building straight ahead of you is the field house. It’s where indoor athletics takes place. The stadium is actually out to the side. Baseball and softball. This is the women’s bathroom, a women’s bathroom. This is just a typical men’s bathroom.

So here’s just a basic map of the second floor. We were just in the theater area. We’re going to probably head down to the media center and hit a couple typical classrooms. Upstairs is just general classrooms that could be used for any subject. So this is the media center. Actually, it went all the way to the back wall but there’s computer labs back in there now separated by glass. These carts right here are filled with laptops so you can take them down to any classroom. The kids will take the laptops out of them. You’d work on the project for the day, plug them back in. So here’s one of the Chrome carts. It’s full of Chrome notebooks for student use. You take it into a classroom. You can pull it out. This thing on the top here is a WiFi access point, so they can work wirelessly through that access point. Put them back in, they charge up. Take them and store them. So this is just another computer lab. And actually, what teachers will do is if they need the computer lab, they’ll sign up for it for specific blocks of time. They’ll bring a class down. They’ll work on some things and then they’ll go back to their classroom. So this is available for class use and student use throughout the day. How many computer labs do you have? Oh, boy. I would say at least five or six. That doesn’t even include the Chrome carts that could be taken throughout the school. And it doesn’t include the WiFi access points throughout the whole school which a lot of kids will access their own tablets or iPads or smart phones anywhere in the school as well.

This is just a typical classroom. Most of the classrooms are set up like this. We see lots of group learning, desks grouped together where students can interact and work on projects together and bounce ideas off of each other. So, again, another typical classroom. You’ll see the desks arranged in a different order. A lot of it is dependent on the teacher’s learning [teaching] style. But even in classes where you’ll see desks in specific rows and columns, many times they’ll ask them to pull them together into specific groups so they can do group work together.

So you’re looking at the auditorium. That’s the entrance from the outside and now we’re going to head over this way into the field house where athletics takes place. It’s called a field house. It’s completely separate. Kids actually have to walk outside to get to gym class or to get to athletic events. Out in the distance, you can see the stadium. Some of the events that take place here at the stadium would be track and field, football, sometimes we’ll play soccer and things like that. We have another complex that we use for true soccer, lacrosse, and then we have another building for swim and dive as well.

So this is just the entrance coming into the field house marked so you know whether you’re coming in or exiting. This is the south lobby of the field house. This is kind of where most of the students will enter. I’ll show you some of the locker rooms. I’ll show you some conference rooms, the gym itself, the wrestling room, and then we’ll end up heading into the wrestling room as well. So this is the girls’ varsity locker room. The lockers over here are for the sub-varsity levels. These oversized wooden lockers are for the varsity athletes. They get big lockers. That’s right. So this is our weight room. It’s open to all students. They use it for gym class, and they use it for specific sports training as well. This facility is used all the time. This is the athletic training room. This is where the student athletes work with our trainer when they’re injured, if they need ice, or if there’s anything major, or they need to rehabilitate an injury.

The gym holds roughly three thousand people. So this is the wrestling room. The wrestling team practices in here. They’ll also do, gym class will come in here. They’ll do some aerobic type activity. Our Junior ROTC program has come in here and done some activities as well. The nice thing is this whole wall opens up so that we can slide the mats onto the gym for competitions. The balcony up here, we’ve got batting cages for off-season hitting. They come down out of the ceiling and then this is also where the cheerleading team practices but they’ll do other activities. And then we get a view out into the gym and see the size and scope of it. So this is one of the pools in the district. We used to use it for competition. We actually have another pool at one of our other schools that we use for competition. A little dark in here now because it takes a couple minutes for the lights to warm up but you get a good idea of the pool. Lots of classes that they’ll run in here. They’ll do PE classes in here for swimming as well.

So this is, we’re walking up to one of our stadiums that we use for activities and games and things like that. On a typical Friday night, we could have as many as seven thousand people here, so it’s pretty amazing. Basically, you’re looking at the U.S. and Michigan flag. The flag is supposed to be, the size is dictated by the size of the pole. I have a bigger flag that I like on there. It’s just not hung right now. We have a huge flag that’s actually inside in the gym. So this building here has two different locker rooms, one on each end. They’ll be a pass-through area and concession stands on the end. There’s also some rooms on the other end for the athletic trainer for injuries and that, and then there’s a building down at the very end for the visiting team. The stadium itself is actually, it’s artificial turf, so it’s fantastic. It never has to be mowed. It always looks good. If we get a big rain, it’s playable. It’s a great playing surface. So just another shot of the stadium and playing surface. Now these are the home bleachers. They’ll seat roughly twenty-five hundred some people. Press box, and then the area above that is for video-taping, so it’s covered so you’re out of the elements. The other thing is up on the hill lots of cars will park up there and watch from up on the hill. They’ll tailgate and have kind of a party up on the hill and they’ll watch the games as well.

Yeah, starting from your left, that’s the auditorium that we were in earlier. And as you pan to the right, you see the darker brick. That’s the actual kind of the school part where we were at the main office and the library and that. As you keep looking right, now you’re over toward the cafeteria. And then, even more to the right is the separate field house with the gym and all that. So this rock right here is ones that the students, they paint it for birthdays and events and homecoming and, you know, certain things like that. So they’ll come out here. It’s kind of a rallying point for the students, just one of the things that they like to cover. This is one of the baseball fields.


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