I've been to two weeks of school so far, and it is VERY different!
It starts at 8:30 and ends at 4, except for Wednesday's everyone gets off at 11:15. For me and the other exchange students (there are 5 in my school-from Brazil, Ecuador, New Zealand, and Australia) we get out Thursday at 12:05 as well because we aren't taking two languages. I'm in the "sports" section, so I have 6 hours of PE a week. I basically stay with the same group of students for every class, so hopefully it will be easy to make friends with them! With my schedule, I take 6 hours of PE a week, 4 of math, 4 of French, 4 of English, 3 of science, 2 of drama, 2 of history, 2 of religion, and 2 of geography. You can choose whether to take 3 or 6 hours of science and instead of drama you can take philosophy. All the other students are taking 3 hours of Dutch, but because I've never taken Dutch before they didn't want to put me in the advanced Dutch class so I just have off hours.
French, English, Religion, History, PE, Math, Science, and Geography are all mandatory for at least 2 hours a week. My schedule is only for people in the Sports section, people in the Latin-Grec section obviously have less hours of PE and more of Latin and Greek. It's different than the U.S. because you don't pick your classes, you pick your section and go to the classes that section requires. The classes are about 50 minutes long, and we have a 15 minute break in between 3rd and 4th hour for a snack because we don't eat lunch until 12:50-way later than the 10:43 lunch I was used to! I think the schedule changes a little bit each week, but I'm not really sure about that one. My religion, geography, french, history, and math class are all in the same room. My teacher for French is also my teacher for history. My schedule this week is like this: