18 Fictional Schools in TV and Movies We Wish We Could Attend

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For most of us, an average day at school was never anything particularly memorable. We’d attend the same classes as usual, gossip at our lockers, and get strangely excited if the cafeteria ladies decided to serve square slices of pizza for lunch. This may account for the occasional pangs of jealousy we feel while watching the insanely dramatic lives of the students who attend our favorite fictional schools. The institutions on screen and in books never seem to contain a single dull moment, whether it’s Miss Frizzle leading kids through space or Cher Horowitz debating the current state of Haiti.

And I know I’m not the only one who gets jealous whenever a choreographed dance routine breaks out during the prom scene of any given teen movie.

Below is a list of the 18 coolest, most adventurous fictional schools in TV and movies that I’m sure we all wish we could attend. As millions of kids return to school over the next couple of weeks, let’s hope their days are filled with just as much excitement — minus any vampires, of course.

18 Fictional Schools We Wish We Could Attend:

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    Transfiguration classes and Zack Morris? Truly the stuff dreams are made of ...

  • Hogwarts | Harry Potter 2 of 19
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    I mean … obviously. As soon as you saw the title of this post, you probably thought "Hogwarts!" so let's not kid ourselves. Every child AND adult has fantasized about wandering the halls of this witchcraft and wizardry school at some point in their lives. Plus, isn't Transfiguration so much more practical than trigonometry?

     

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  • Rydell High School | Grease 3 of 19
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    While the characters of Grease were often less than admirable, Rydell High still seems like a great place to get your all-American high school experience. The school dances are insanely fun, there are intense pep rally bonfires, and you'll get a carnival at graduation (so jealous). Oh, and the students frequently break out into choreographed dances during lunch.

     

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  • Starfleet Academy | Star Trek 4 of 19
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    As long as you can wait another 150 years or so for it to be founded, Starfleet Academy would be a great place to get your education. The student population is diverse (because aliens), you can study everything from medicine to xenolinguistics, and it's conveniently nestled in lovely, futuristic San Francisco. Also, you'd get to hang out with the kids who are too cool for the Vulcan Science Academy (I see you, Spock).

     

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  • Bayside High School | Saved by the Bell 5 of 19
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    Oh Zack Morris, you beautiful scoundrel. Who wouldn't want to stare at the back of his head during English? Bayside would be an amazing high school to attend. Not only would you get to socialize with Zack and Slater, but you'd also get that perfect balance of theatrical wit and serious life lessons about caffeine pills.

     

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  • Third Street Elementary School | Recess 6 of 19
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    The schoolyard of Third Street Elementary teaches students more about the real world than any classroom could. If you went there, you would move on to middle school with so many life skills, from beating rainy day boredom to negotiating with hustlers. Societal microcosm aside, TJ and the gang are always guaranteed to show you a good time.

     

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  • North Shore High School | Mean Girls 7 of 19
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    After the Plastics disband and Regina's reign of terror officially ends, North Shore High School seems like a lovely place to spend one's days. You could talk about the rain with Aaron Samuels or go to intense mathlete competitions with Kevin G. And you can apparently order cheese fries for lunch whenever you want, which is a MUST.

     

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  • Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters | X-Men 8 of 19
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    As if mutants weren't cool enough, they also get to live in the X-Mansion and take music lessons from Nightcrawler. Of course, the school is almost constantly getting attacked and destroyed by supervillains, but let's not get nitpicky. It houses Cerebro and that awesome basketball court, so it's totally worth it.

     

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  • Summer Heights High | Summer Heights High 9 of 19
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    If you have never experienced the glory that is Summer Heights High, an Australian show named after the school it depicts, then you should probably start watching now. Mr. G's drama class is worth transferring to a different continent in and of itself, although Ja'mie and her all-about-me assemblies can be just as entertaining.

     

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  • Walkerville Elementary School | The Magic School Bus 10 of 19
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    You probably didn't get to travel through time and space when you were in elementary school, did you? That's because you didn't have Miss Frizzle as a teacher. Stick with her, and you'll get to explore Jupiter, the ocean floor, and inside the body of one of your classmates (don't worry, it's not as creepy as it sounds).

     

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  • John Adams High School | Boy Meets World 11 of 19
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    First things first: Mr. Feeny. Obviously. Any school instantly becomes great when you throw an omniscient teacher/principal/neighbor/mentor into the mix. But even aside from Fee-hee-heenay, John Adams High School would be a fine place to attend. Cory, Eric, Topanga, and Shawn are goofy and loyal friends, and they are always up for solving universal moral conflicts. Even Frankie and Joey, the school "bullies," are quite charming.

     

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  • Battle School | Ender’s Game 12 of 19
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    Granted, a sketchy military school located in space might not be for everyone. But definitely consider going to Battle School if you want to learn how to fight in zero gravity arenas and essentially play video games ALL day … I know I do. One word of advice: If you are morally opposed to genocide, maybe take a sick day come final exam time. 

     

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  • Mystic Falls High School | Vampire Diaries 13 of 19
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    Sure, just about one in every three students is either a vampire, werewolf, or witch. But Mystic Falls High School still seems kind of awesome. When they aren't busy solving their esoteric problems, the students there get to attend truly amazing themed dances and gaze at Alaric Saltzman during history class (for a while anyway…).

     

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  • Sunnydale High School | Buffy the Vampire Slayer 14 of 19
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    The same goes here as it does for Mystic Falls High School. While Sunnydale High does sit right on top of Hellmouth and vampires seem to always be around, there are still qualities that make it a sweet potential school. You could be best friends with Buffy, and she'd protect you from all those demons. And between periods, you could chill with her and Giles (swoon) in one of the coolest school libraries of all time. Just try to graduate before the whole building collapses into a crater, okay?

     

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  • Wayside School | Sideways Stories from Wayside School 15 of 19
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    Wayside School is a legitimately insane establishment, where students add words instead of numbers and the smelly kid sitting next to you might actually be a dead rat. But wouldn't it be fun to go to an absurdist elementary school, at least for a little while? You know you would be besties with Louis the Yard Teacher and his multi-colored mustache.

     

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  • Padua High School | 10 Things I Hate About You 16 of 19
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    Padua High School has it all: rapping English teachers, Bogey Lowenstein parties, and Alison Janey as a guidance counselor — all contained in a lovely, Shakespearean bubble. But above all else, if a school has even a 1% chance of Heath Ledger singing on the stadium bleachers, you better believe I'm going to enroll there.

     

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  • Riverdale High School | Archie Comics 17 of 19
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    I always kind of wanted to go to Riverdale High. Every school day is essentially the same: engage in a little student-principal banter with Mr. Weatherbee, go to some variety of sports practice, and then hop in the old jalopy to go to Pop Tate's with the rest of the gang. It's nice and safe, with plenty of antics to keep things from getting too boring.

     

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  • Horace Green Preparatory School | The School of Rock 18 of 19
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    Spending the school year with Jack Black giving rock lessons and raising your self-esteem? Yes, please! Horace Green simultaneously preps its students for Harvard and helps them win Battle of the Bands, so they are truly set for life. Bonus: If you went here, Joan Cusack would be your terrifyingly awesome principal.

     

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  • Bronson Alcott High School | Clueless 19 of 19
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    Cher Horowitz and her crew are geniuses, as would we be if we attended Bronson Alcott. Cher's vocabulary is stellar, and she references Monet and quotes Hamlet better than any pretentious college girl. And if you wanted to blow off eighth period to go have a calorie fest and watch the latest Christian Slater, it would be fine, because rules and classes don't really seem to exist there. Case in point:

     

    Mr. Horowitz: So, what did you do in school today?

    Cher: Well, I broke in my purple clogs…

     

    Sold.

     

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