School doesn’t get better as you go along, and it doesn’t reach its pinnacle your senior year.

Each fall, you had to start back at zero and hope it was one of the good years. Now that we're out of school, we know, and we can look back and determine with scientific accuracy which individual years of primary education are the best and the worst.

Pictured: You. 
Pictured: You. 

1. 11th Grade 

Junior year boasts all the benefits of being an upper classman and none of the pressure. You get first dibs on picking classes and activities, and if you're a real baller, this is when those off-campus lunch privileges kick in. Seniors get all that, but juniors don’t have to worry if they’ve got enough credits to graduate or where they’re going to apply for college. Youth feels infinite. Junior year is literally the best.

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