Quick hello to Ms. Duck.
And also -- I went to a high school where the classes (e. g. the graduating years) had about 400 kids in 'em. So it was around 1200 kids in the school. Classes ranged from 30 down to 10 students. I don't think I ever saw a class with more than maybe 31 kids in it. Teachers did not have help unless there was a student teacher.
Our school offered French, Spanish, Italian, German and, believe it or not, Japanese. We were offered AP classes in Calc., Bio, Physics, Amer. History, Euro. History and English. I took 3 of those, plus a Physics class that was just below AP, a Calc. class that was just below AP, plus 4th year Spanish, all in my senior year. It was, I swear, considerably tougher than my first year in college.
AP classes were small, my AP English class had 10 kids in it, the other AP English class had, I think, 25. AP Am. Hist. and Bio were both about 30 kids apiece. The slightly lower level Calc. and Physics classes were 30 kids. Spanish was kind of a throwaway then, I had already been through 5 years of French, mostly with about 30 other kids in each class, same for Spanish. When classes got too big, they just offered them more times.
I think pretty much everyone in all of those classes I'm mentioning went to some sort of college. It was just what you did. This is not to say there weren't stoners, etc., but they went to college, too -- two were good friends of mine, one went to Suffolk Community and the other went to SUNY Stonybrook and became a respiratory therapist.
We weren't without trouble, one of the kids in my class was gunned down during our senior year (by another guy in my senior class), and a kid in the following year committed suicide, via pistol. One, maybe two gals, were Moms at a time when that just wasn't favored.