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10 of the most unusual schools in the world
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Whether it's found in a bizarre location, or its practice is somewhat controversial, these 10 school are without a doubt the most unusual in the world.

Most students have a similar experience at school, wherever they go. Bookbags, whiteboards, homework, you know how it goes.

But if you attend one of these unusual schools, you're guaranteed something very different indeed...

Dongzhong Mid-Cave Primary School

Dongzhong Mid-Cave Primary School
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This school is located in a cave in the mountainous Miao village in Guizhou province, China. Guizhou is one of China's poorest provinces and receives very little government support. Instead of using resources to build a free-standing school building, the community started the cave school in 1984 with eight teachers and 186 students. Some students spend up to six hours daily to travel to and from the school.

Boat Schools in Bangladesh

Boat Schools in Bangladesh
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Twice a year, floods in Bangladesh leave millions of people without access to clean water, electricity, and other necessities. It is difficult for children to attend schools and for the schools to stay open. So, a nonprofit organization called Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha built houses, health care centers, and schools that float.They pick up students from docks and riversides, then dock somewhere to begin class. After lessons, the boat schools return students to their homes and pick up another group.

Abo Elementary School

Abo Elementary School
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Abo Elementary School is the first underground school in the United States. It is an underground school that would also function as a shelter, due to the Cold War.

Gulu Elementary School

Gulu Elementary School
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Gulu is a little-known village located in mountainous Hanyuan County, Sichuan Province, China. The school has been around since the late '80s and is run by a single teacher, Shen Qijun. Shen and the students collectively renovated the school which is hidden in one of the mountains.

Train platform schools in India

A school teacher from Orissa, India, noticed that several children beg train passengers for money instead of going to school. Since it was impossible to take these children to school, she decided to take the school to the children.This led to the formation of the Ruchika School Social Service Organization (RSSO) and the birth of the Train Platform School in 1985. Now, more than 4,000 students are being educated around India through the program.

Harvey Milk High School

Harvey Milk High School
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Harvey Milk High School in New York is named after the famed gay rights activist and politician, Harvey Milk. It was built to cater to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students who are likely to be marginalized and discriminated against in regular schools. It has come under heavy criticism by the anti-gay public and has even faced lawsuits.

Trabajo Ya

Trabajo Ya
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Prostitution is legal in Spain. Trabajo Ya, which means "Work Now" is a school which opened in Valencia to teach prostitutes the most effective tricks of the trade. The school offers a "basic course in professional prostitution with maximum discretion.

The Philadelphia School Of The Future

The Philadelphia School Of The Future
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The Philadelphia School Of The Future does not require students to have books. Instead, students use computers. Mathematics is taught with OneNote, a note-taking app, and teachers use computerized smart boards instead of traditional dry-erase or blackboards for instruction. Students use digital lockers that open with the flash of an ID card.

Brooklyn Free School

Brooklyn Free School
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There is no curriculum. Students are allowed to choose any class they want and are allowed to stay away from school if they wish. The students make the school rules. Some students might decide to be alone and carry out independent studies, which could last years. Some students might decide to play, wander around, or just nap. There are no tests, homework, or grades.

Witch School

Witch School
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Witch School teaches about witchcraft to budding witches worldwide. While the majority of its 40,000 students take their courses online, it has a physical location in Salem, Massachusetts, where students can also take classes in person.

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