It’s back-to-school season and we’re ready to hit the books with these 10 fictional schools from books. From elementary schools and primary schools to prestigious prep schools, public high schools, boarding schools (some of which we’d never want to visit in real life!), futuristic virtual schools, and more, prepare for back to school with these best fictional schools from literature.
10 Fictional Schools From Books
1. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
Attended by students aged eleven to eighteen, Hogwarts is a British boarding school of magic and the primary setting for the Harry Potter series.
2. Hailsham from Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Another British boarding school, only in this institution teachers are referred to as guardians and the students focus on art instead of witchcraft and wizardry. Sounds decent, right? Except for one sinister secret…
3. Crunchem Hall Primary School from Matilda by Roald Dahl
Crunchem Hall Primary School is one of those schools where students do not thrive but struggle to survive. Enough said.
4. Pencey Preparatory School from The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
As Holden Caulfield would point out, it’s full of phonies.
5. The Rachel and Leah Re-Education Center from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Otherwise known as The Red Center, The Rachel and Leah Re-Education Center houses and trains handmaids. If a student misbehaves here, the punishment is much more severe than detention (think hands being chopped off, for starters).
6. Forks High School from The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
Fun fact! Vampires may only be fictional creations, but Forks High School, where Bella attended junior and senior years in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, is a real school located on South Spartan Avenue in the town of Forks, Washington.
7. Lowood Institution from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
This English boarding school for poor and orphaned girls is low on creature comforts and led by a cruel headmaster.
8. OASIS School from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The only virtual school on our list, where you can wear pajamas all day (sort of similar to what happened in 2020, right?!).
9. Wayside School from Wayside School Series by Louis Sachar
Anything can and does happen in this architecturally-challenged school.
10. Thomas Ewen Consolidated High School from Carrie by Stephen King
The high school that will forever hold the title for worst prom night ever.
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