Created By: LeoStar on December 6, 2012 Last Edited By: Tuckerscreator on December 17, 2012

30 Student High School

Teachers only seem to have one class to teach in High School.

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In movies about Education, the teacher-hero is only ever shown dealing with one particular class of students. In spite of the fact that this particular group only represents about 20% of the workload of an average high school teacher. No mention is ever made of the other four classes the teacher should be teaching.


  • Stand and Deliver: only Escalante's eventual AP Calculus class receives any focus from the movie, or apparently their teacher.
  • Freedom Writers: a core group of about 20 or so inner city students are the focus of the movie. Any school so supposedly underfunded should have class sizes nearing forty.
  • Dead Poets Society: Perhaps somewhat justifiable, but there should still be more students than the small group featured. They can't spend their whole day in English.

Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • December 6, 2012
    I think this is covered by Two Teacher School.
  • December 6, 2012
    I say that's a subtrope, and is it okay if I edit the description?
  • December 6, 2012
    May be related to Rule Of Perception, as the protagonists may be in that class and thus their class is the only one that's seen.
  • December 7, 2012
    This is probably due to The Law Of Conservation Of Detail. If the other classes aren't important to the plot, there's no reason to show them.
  • December 7, 2012
    Anyone can feel free to edit the description. As for p Perception and Two Teacher School, this trope is more about movies where the Teacher is the protagonist. Not showing the other classes is understandable, but most movies and tv shows never even refer to the other 100 or so students a normal teacher would have.
  • December 17, 2012
    I think this is fully valid, and had it in the back of my mind to ykttw myself someday.
    • Welcome Back Kotter: Gabe Kotter goes back to his old high school to teach social studies to the Sweathogs, and only that class.
    • Head Of The Class: Charlie Moore is brought in as a sub for the Freshman advanced History class. He isn't expected to actually teach them anything because they're so advanced; but he ends up with the job permanantly when the old teacher retires - despite the fact that he has no advanced history education or teaching credentials himself (other than a general substitute teaching license [or whatever's needed]). He hangs around the school when not teaching but he neer teaches anything else including any other years' advanced History classes. His replacement Billy MacGregor is likewise hired to only teach that one class; for one episode he also substitute-teaches the advanced French class (despite knowning no French whatsoever) to the same students.