Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Do you have a child in high school that you want to better understand?

Have you heard a lot about the culture within a high school within the US?

Do you want to understand what the various groups are that make up a typical high school?

We’re going to look at what a typical high school is like and the groups that tend to make it up.

We’re also talking about how the show “Beverly Hills, 90210” helped to capture all of this and why it can be a great idea for you to watch an episode of it.

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Understanding This Dynamic and What’s Going On

We’re looking at high school in the US, and what you can expect.

When we look at a show such as “Beverly Hills, 90210”, you can see the sort of setup that plays out at many high schools in this country.

This show really helped to show the various groups and the culture at a high school in the US.

This speaks to cliques or groups of people that really exist within high school.

It also looks at different types of people that you may encounter, particularly at this stage of your life.

It can be really helpful to watch an episode to gain an understanding of this show, the culture, and how a high school can really be here.

The Various Groups In High School

There are a lot of different things going on within high school.

There are the typical groups of kids or things going on.

Understanding what the dynamic is, who the usual players are, and what is happening on a typical high school day is like can give you some great insight.

  • Cliques: This may not be taught in textbooks, but this is real life. This is a very tight knit group that not everyone can be a part of. This group is very close but not always very welcoming to new people. In high school you are trying to figure out who you are and find your own identity. You may be part of any clique or group based on who you are.
  • The “In Crowd”: This is the supposed “popular” group within the school. These are the cool kids and the popular people–but they aren’t often the nicest people. As a generalization, you may see these kids peaking in high school and then not necessarily doing well in social situations after. In high school though, this “in crowd” is full of the most popular or coolest kids in the school. Many people want to be a part of that.
  • “Skaters”: These are the kids that thrive on being unique. They may skateboard or just dress like they do. They are cool, different, and march to the beat of their own drum. They may dress a certain way that is different or even dye their hair different colors. They like being unique and so this is a group that sticks together because they want to be off on their own.
  • Jocks”: These are the athletes and the ones that are driven by sports. They play sports at school, and they may often excel at them. They tend to hang out with other people on their team or who play the same sport. They are very focused on this activity and therefore a lot of their conversation may be about that given sport or activity. The jocks often make up their own clique and hang out with other jocks like them.

There are other groups within a high school, but these are the primary ones.

Understanding these groups and the dynamic in high school can help to give you perspective.

This is especially helpful if you happen to have a child in high school so that you can understand what is going on in their day.


It can be quite helpful to understand the culture and dynamic happening at a high school within the US.

These various groups tend to make up the high school experience, and this insight can be helpful.

This is especially true if you have a child in high school so that you can understand what their day is like.

Sharing various high school experiences is a great topic of conversation.

Try to discuss this from your culture with a native for a unique viewpoint, and this of course can help you to make connections!

If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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