->''"Don't believe everything you hear about our boarding schools ({{Beat}}) Don't ''dis-''believe everything you hear either." ''
-->-- '''Creator/ChristopherHitchens''', on ''Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher''

The misadventures of students at "public schools" (British term for most private schools, which are commonly boarding schools) were once a staple of children's literature, but fell out of fashion in the sixties. Starting in the late 1990s, however, the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, a HeroicFantasy taking place in a [[WizardingSchool wizarding]] boarding school, revived many of its tropes (although significantly breaking from the tradition by making the school mixed instead of single-sex; and also free to attend).

Boarding schools may be "public" schools where the pupils are not charged a tuition fee and/or the pupils are selected on their talents or meritocratic basis, or "private", where the pupils (or rather their parents) are charged a tuition fee (which may or may not be outrageous).

Mostly, the boarding schools depicted were for the aspiring middle classes, so did not have particularly elaborate facilities. The biggest educational difference from other schools was the syllabus, which led to a few jokes about Latin, but the classrooms were typically much like any other, because that wasn't where the story was.

The story was in the fact that they were ''boarding'' schools; the children lived in the premises, sharing dorm rooms. The Boarding School genre revolves around the impact of this -- children, separated from their parents, growing up together. All the advantages of having a story about orphans sans the tragedy of dead parents.

Quite often, the school buildings would be in fairly bad shape - leaking roofs, faulty heating -- leading to stories where the children attempted to raise enough money to [[HeyLetsPutOnAShow save their school]].

!!Common elements in the Boarding School genre include the following:
* Children/teenagers as the main protagonists.
* The nice teacher and the [[SadistTeacher nasty one]].
* Midnight feasts.
* Pranks.
* Houses within the school, with fierce competition (note these can be found in TheGoodOldBritishComp too, although in self-consciously modern schools, they're probably called "teams").
* School sports taken [[SeriousBusiness seriously]].
* A spoilt student.
* A perfect and kind student.
* A bully.
* The class struggles between the clique of rich kids and the poorer [[ScholarshipStudent "scholarship" students.]]
* Fagging, the (mostly obsolete) practice of younger students (the fag) acting as servants for the elder ones (the fag-master)--in return, the elder student is supposed to mentor and protect the fags serving him. Has nothing to do with either homosexuality or cigarettes (usually). The term derives from the fact that they used to have to chop and haul firewood (faggots) for the upperclassmen.
* SituationalSexuality, either PlayedForLaughs or PlayedForDrama.

Hell, it's amazing they ever get any work done.

TheGoodOldBritishComp is the other UK school trope. Overlaps with ElaborateUniversityHigh, if the boarding school has many buildings. Contrast with OffToBoardingSchool, which generally portrays the experience as negative, along with the BoardingSchoolOfHorrors, which is even worse.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/BlackButler'': The Weston College from the public school arc is quite a fancy example of this. Complete with pranks and hazing, school houses, [[SeriousBusiness school sports]], a spoilt student [[spoiler:who went too far]], Ciel posing as a perfect and kind student, fagging, and one minor antagonist abusing the SituationalSexuality.
* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'': True Cross Academy is one. In addition to being a magic school where some of the students secretly learn to fight demons.
* ''Manga/CandyCandy'': Saint Paul's Private School, which is a mixed gender academy with separate dormitories for boys and girls. There Candy meets up with her SecondLove Terry (whom she actually met during her journey to England), befriends Patty, is bullied by Eliza and her GirlPosse, [[spoiler:finds Annie and Albert again]], etc.; all of this has a HUGE influence in her CharacterDevelopment.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Ashford Academy is a fancy school for Britannian kids, and both Lelouch and Nunnally reside in its fancy dorms (with C.C [[PrettyFreeloaders hanging out in Lelouch's room]]). Kallen instead lives at her paternal family's BigFancyHouse [[spoiler: and at the end of ''R2'', in a small apartment that she shares with her mother.]]
* ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'': One of the cases happens in a boarding school. Megu and Ryu are asked to pose as {{New Transfer Student}}s to find out the truth about a missing SchoolIdol, and have to deal with the overbearing StudentCouncilPresident and the well-intentioned but ''very'' nosy members of the Broadcasting Club. [[spoiler:The StudentCouncilPresident is messily murdered. And things go FromBadToWorse from then on.]]
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'': Shinryuuji is revealed to be a boarding school.
* ''Manga/HauntedJunction'': Haruto and Kazumi are tasked with infiltrating an all-boys boarding school where the boys are attacked by the [[CuteGhostGirl sexy female ghost]] who haunts the bathrooms. [[spoiler:She is the Blue Spot Girl, Red Mantle's long-lost and antagonistic younger sister.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}''
** ''Anime/JewelpetSunshine'': Sunshine Academy. It's a co-ed high school with seperate dormitories for boys and girls.
** ''Anime/JewelpetHappiness'': Jewel Academy. It's a very large and fancy ElevatorSchool with dorms for the students to commute to. It's also co-ed.
** ''Anime/LadyJewelpet'': the Jewel Palace and the Royal Palace are functionally schools so large that their students are expected to live there (they ARE palaces), and they're dedicated to teaching girls to be ladies and boys to be gentlemen. Though they're co-ed, girls and boys are usually separated since they learn very different things, coming together for exams that require them both (not that they don't hang out in their free time).
* ''Manga/KokoWaGreenwood'': Set in the "boarding dorm" of a prestigious high-school. Most of the students live at home, but none of those are in the central cast. Two of the central cast ''could'' live at home but choose not to.
* Fuuka Academy in ''Anime/MaiHime'' and Garderobe Academy in ''Anime/MaiOtome''.
* ''Manga/MakaiOuji'': the protagonist, Wiliam Twining, goes to an all-male boarding school in VictorianLondon which has a church on campus. Angels and demons regularly pose as students and faculty/staff.
* Mahora Academy in ''Franchise/{{Negima}}'' (a [[ElaborateUniversityHigh big]] one, too).
* The setting for the anime adaptation of the ''Literature/StClares'' series, ''Anime/MischievousTwinsTheTalesOfStClares'' It was adapted into German, Spanish, Italian, French and Arabic, but never into English.
* ''VisualNovel/OtomeWaBokuNiKoishiteru'': The main characters attend an all-girls boarding school. In fact, Mizuho's dead grandfather states in his will that if Mizuho wants to properly become his heir, he must disguise himself as a girl and attend said school without being discovered. [[spoiler:Said boarding school also was the ''alma mater'' of Mizuho's MissingMom... and her dead roommate who had a massive crush on her returns as a ghost...]].
* ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'': The Suimei University of the Arts High School, and one that is not elaborate at all. The story happens in the Sakura Hall, a dormitory for trouble students kicked out of the school's normal dorms.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'': St. Rudolph is not just a Catholic school but also one of these. This is a huge plot point in the Saint Rudolph's arc since [[spoiler:Fuji's younger brother Yuuta, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter in his quest for his own identity]], chose SR as his school because among other things, it had a dorm and thus he could move out of home. He stays there even after his CharacterDevelopment in said arc.]]
* The school attended by the main characters of ''Manga/PrincessPrincess'' is similar to the above example on this regard. There's also the option of living in the dorms during summer vacation albeit the number of students who choose to do so aren't enough to justify keeping the air-conditioner on.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'': Kinkan Academy (translated as "Gold Crown Academy" for the dub).
* ''Manga/PrivateActress'': Ryoukou Academy is this and an incredibly prestigious ElaborateUniversityHigh, nevermind the very odd demises of least five students and one teacher. And then Shiho is hired to infiltrate it and investigate the latest death, involving a girl who was literally [[StockShoujoBullyingtactics bullied to death]]...
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': The deceptively gorgeous Ohtori Academy. No wonder there's so much SceneryPorn.
* ''Manga/SilverSpoon'' mixes things up a little and makes it a rural agricultural school.
* ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'': Astrea Hill's three schools, in which the series is entirely set in, are all prestigious girls-only boarding schools. Makes it easy to isolate all the yuri melodrama from the outside world.
* ''Manga/SweetBlueFlowers'': None of the main characters live in the dorms, but the fancier school is boarding-optional.
* The yuri manga ''Manga/TokimekiMononokeJogakkou'' takes place in one of these.
* ''Manga/VampireKnight'': Cross Academy.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Duel Academia.
* Two mangas by Creator/KeikoTakemiya (''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'' and ''Manga/NatsuENoTobira'') and one by Creator/MotoHagio (''Manga/TheHeartOfThomas'') take place in boarding schools which were inspired by the French film ''Les amities particulieres''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/XMen'': The Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, which is a separate place from, and should not be confused with Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. That's right, the X-men had TWO boarding schools (before they moved to San Francisco).
* The ''StTrinian's'' school for girls, as shown in Ronald Searle's wonderful comics.
* ''ComicBook/MorningGlories'': Morning Glory Academy.
* The Winker Watson strip in ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' was set in a boarding school named [[Literature/{{Greyfriars}} Grey Towers]].
* "The Four Marys" from ''ComicBook/{{Bunty}}'' was set in the fictional St. Elmo's boarding school.
* ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'': Tim's father loses patience with his supposedly bad record (despite his getting excellent grades) after catching Tim in a lie about having tried out for football and yanks him out of public school to send him to the all boys boarding school Brentwood Academy in the middle of his freshman year of high school. Tim adjusts to the school but compares it to a prison and is almost happy when his dad makes a financial blunder that bankrupts him and makes him unable to continue paying Tim's tuition.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* For a while it was generally [[{{Fanon}} assumed]] by the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' fandom that Dalton Academy was a boarding school, for a few different reasons: because Dalton fit the image of a boarding school, because it's far enough between Lima (where Kurt lives) and Westerville (where Dalton is) that a daily commute seemed improbable, and because the idea of an all boys boarding school existing within canon greatly appealed to many fans. It was {{Jossed}} eventually, when Kurt mentioned in passing that he still lived at home, but many fanfic writers still hold onto the idea, either by [[{{Handwave}} explaining away]] or outright ignoring Kurt's comment, or by having Dalton be a boarding school that also has day students.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' continuum, author [[Creator/AAPessimal A.A. Pessimal]] has taken Terry Pratchett's concept of the boarding school - [[WordOfGod Pratchett famously said]] he ''took a typical British boarding school and turned all the knobs UpToEleven - especially the one labelled "violence"'' - and elaborated on it still further, adding more detail and new ideas, especially about the new tensions caused by the A.G. school going co-educational. Pessimal has written a few stories revolving round events at this singular school. A typical one might be [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8774066/1/There-s-nothing-like-a-fresh-pair-of-eyes-is-there Fresh Pair of Eyes]], or [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5055274/1/The-Graduation-Class The Graduation Class]], or [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5423228/1/Murder-Most-Orrible Murder Most 'Orrible]].
* Alongside the aforementioned case of the Saint Rudolph School, a pretty persistent fanon in ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' dictates that Hyotei Gakuen might be a boarding school for rich kids, based on how one of their top players is from outside Tokyo (more exactly, from the Kansai area). It has neither been confirmed nor {{Jossed}} in canon.
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has a slightly meta example in that the author periodically makes reference to attending/having attended a British Boarding School, with the odd, slightly dark comment about what it's like, and the occasional confirmation that Hogwarts is very true to life... except that in real life, there is ''much'' more sex and violence. Particularly violence. Doesn't, however, often come across since most of the action is set outside of Hogwarts.
* [[Fanfic/SkyholdAcademyYearbook Skyhold Academy]] is a boarding school, with the series being a modern HighSchoolAU type of setting for ''Franchise/DragonAge''. It subverts a lot of the tropes, however, not least because of its [[SaveOurStudents true mission]], and the plots focus much more on the TeachersOutOfSchool than on the students.

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/AuRevoirLesEnfants'' happens in a French boarding school during WWII
* ''Film/AlmostAngels'' takes place (and was filmed) in the RealLife [[BigFancyHouse Palais Augarten]], a former Imperial palace used by the Vienna Boys Choir as a boarding school.
* ''Film/CryWolf'' is set in one of these, but does not really use its tropes.
* ''Film/{{Class}}'', starring Rob Lowe & Andrew [=McCarthy=]
* ''Film/{{Cracks}}'' is set in a British boarding school for girls.
* ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety''
* ''Film/TheEmperorsClub'' is about an American private school. This one's from the point of view of a teacher, the school is a good place, and it's all thoroughly in the tradition of molding boys into men, etc. There's still some of the "[[InadequateInheritor overbearing rich parent]] [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent damages adolescent son]]" [[Administrivia/DoWeHaveThisOne trope]], but that's treated as more of a sad fact of life than an indictment of the whole system.
* John Dugian's ''Film/{{Flirting}}'' is set in one of these, or rather a pair of them (one for each gender) set across a lake from each other.
* ''Film/TheHairyBird'', a.k.a ''All I Wanna Do''
* Much of ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' takes places at Hogwarts, a boarding school for wizards.
* The cult British film ''Film/{{If}}'' deconstructs this viciously. Most famous for launching Creator/MalcolmMcDowell.
* ''Film/PrivateSchool'', starring Phoebe Cates and Matthew Modine
* The ''Film/StTrinians'' series. This series is most notable for creating the "[[SexySchoolwoman sexy female school uniform]]" trope. A new film recently came out. Too late for the EMP, then.
* ''Film/ScentOfAWoman'' is about a poor boy who has a scholarship at an expensive American boarding school which prides itself on producing good future Officers for the Army, as he takes extra-curricular job looking after a blind ex-officer who teaches him to stop being so driven and to enjoy the finer, simpler things in life (i.e. ''the scent of a woman'').
** His school only becomes a main part of the film towards the climax.
* In ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'' the Baroness jokes about sending the children off to boarding school when Max laughs at the idea of her being a mother to seven children. At least we think she was joking...
* ''Film/SchoolTies''
* ''Film/ToySoldiers'' takes place a boarding school full of kids who've been kicked out of other boarding schools. A ragtag group of misfits, if you will. And then the terrorists come...
* ''Film/WildChild'' has this boarding school in England.
* The ''Film/YoungSherlockHolmes'' movie.

* ''Literature/TomBrownsSchooldays'', by Thomas Hughes, is the [[TropeMaker genre-founder]], published in 1858. It is set at the real Rugby School, which Hughes attended.
* The other TropeMaker is ''Eric, or Little By Little'', by Frederic W Farrar, also first published in 1858. Farrar was a master at Marlborough College, although the novel is set at the fictional Roslyn School. Its reputation compared to Hughes' novel has suffered from its extremely melodramatic tone, overt religious fervour, and DownerEnding.
* The TropeCodifier of the British boys' boarding school story, however, is the Literature/{{Greyfriars}} stories by Frank Richards (real name Charles Hamilton), known for their BreakoutCharacter, Billy Bunter.
* The TropeCodifier for the girls' boarding school story is the work (over fifty novels) of Angela Brazil. They were the original source of most of the tropes that came to be regarded as boarding school cliches in later years, and suffered badly from SeinfeldIsUnfunny as a result.
* ''Literature/{{Madeline}}'' takes place in a French one. (It's an orphanage in some of the adaptations, but in the original books it's a boarding school; in one of the books we see Madeline's parents.)
* Spence in the ''Literature/GemmaDoyle'' trilogy.
* C.S Lewis' first autobiography goes into great detail about his rather traumatic experiences at two different boarding schools in his childhood.
** Creator/RoaldDahl's autobiographical 'Boy' isn't full of happy moments either.
** Neither is George Orwell's essay 'Such, Such Were The Days'.
* ''[[Literature/TheGreatBrain The Great Brain at the Academy]]'' by John Dennis Fitzgerald. It's mentioned in every book that anyone wanting more than a sixth grade education has to go boarding school in Provo or Salt Lake City, until some parents get together and build a seventh and eighth grade "academy".
* ''Literature/ASeparatePeace''
* ''Literature/IsThatYouMissBlue'' by M.E. Kerr.
* ''Literature/{{Prep}}'' by Curtis Sittenfeld.
* ''Literature/StalkyAndCo'' by Creator/RudyardKipling, and assorted little sequels including "A Deal in Cotton" (in ''Actions and Reactions'') and "The Honours of War" (in ''A Diversity of Creatures''). Only both the school and protagonist are... rather unusual.
* Most of the first decade's worth of Creator/PGWodehouse's books, including ''Mike'', which introduces the character ''Literature/{{Psmith}}''. He had a couple different ones, of which at least St. Austin's and Wrykyn are the setting of more than one story. Neither are [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors horrible]], but do have a strong focus on sports (cricket and football, of the [[RugbyIsSlaughter rugby]] flavour, being the main ones) and house-pride.
* ''Literature/{{Jennings}}'' is the TropeCodifier for the comedy boarding school subgenre, concentrating on pranking and {{Zany Scheme}}s.
* Creator/EnidBlyton's had three series centred around this, all of them pretty similar \ - ''Literature/StClares'', ''Literature/MaloryTowers'' and ''Literature/TheNaughtiestGirl in the School'' (although the ''Naughtiest Girl'' novels were unusually not set in a OneGenderSchool). Most of her other series' protagonists - e.g. those of ''Literature/TheFamousFive'' books - are mentioned as attending these as well.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is set in one of these. Creator/JKRowling's great achievement is not so much the fantasy fiction element of the ''Potter'' novels, but that she reinvented and breathed new life into what was by the start of the 21st Century a moribund cliché'd genre - the boarding school novel. Rowling confirmed in July 2015 in answer to a fan dispute that Hogwarts is not a fee-charging school, however; all tuition is paid for by the Ministry of Magic.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':- The other British author who has re-written the boarding school novel is Sir Terry Pratchett. In ''Pyramids'', he introduces the Assassins' Guild School as a parody of the boarding school novel - [[WordOfGod Pratchett has said]] that to visualise the School for Assassins, he ''took a typical British boarding school and turned all the knobs UpToEleven - especially the one labelled "violence"''.
* Elsewhere in the Literature/{{Discworld}} there are other examples, including the Quirm College for Young Ladies, Hugglestones, the Fools' Guild school, and the ''Assassins' Guild School''. In particular, the opening section of the novel ''Soul Music'' covers most of the stereotypes of the genre at the Quirm College for Young Ladies.
** Don't go to the [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors Fools' Guild school]], by the way. It's a crying shame.
* Brazilian realism novel [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Ateneu O Ateneu]] by Raul Pompéia. In the very first page of the book Sérgio narrates his arrival to the boarding school: "Thou shalt meet the world, told me my father, at the doorsteps of the Ateneu. Have courage for the fight! I later experienced the truth of that warning, which undressed me, in one gesture, of the illusions of a child educated exotically in the greenhouse of tenderness which is the regime of domestic love, different from what is found outside, so different, that it makes the poem of the maternal love seem to be a sentimental artifice, with the only advantage of making the creature more sensitive to the rude impression of the first teaching, burning search for vitality under the influence of a harsh new weather."
* The beginning of ''Literature/JaneEyre'', though this predates the genre proper. Subverted in that the school tries to pretend that it is for wealthy girls when it's really the exact opposite: Lowood is a textbook BoardingSchoolOfHorrors and the girls there are horribly mistreated by orders of the HolierThanThou owner, despite the opposition of a more reasonable governess. [[spoiler: Until an epidemic exacerbated by the insufficient food and heating breaks out and several students die.]]
* The ''Literature/ChaletSchool'' books by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer.
* The ''Dimsie'' books and the ''Springdale'' books by Dorita Fairlie Bruce.
* Garnet goes off to a boarding school towards the end of Jacqueline Wilson's ''Double Act''; when she writes home, she says it's nothing like what Creator/EnidBlyton portrayed.
* The Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''Literature/CatAmongThePigeons''.
* ''Les Disparus de Saint-Agil''
* Aglionby Academy in ''Literature/TheRavenCycle''. None of the main characters actually live on campus, but they do still attend classes and have plenty of the boarding school tropes.
* The ''Literature/BrunoAndBoots'' book series by Creator/GordonKorman, set at Macdonald Hall, which is near the fictional town of Chutney, Ontario, a relatively short distance from Toronto. Also featured in the series is Miss Scrimmage's Finishing School for Young Ladies.
* The story of Rachel Klein's novel ''Literature/TheMothDiaries'' unfolds in a boarding school.
* ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' -- boarding school doesn't work out for Holden.
* The Literature/CiaphasCain novel ''Cain's Last Stand'' features the titular now-retired commissar as a teacher at a Schola Progenium, a sort of state-run boarding school for orphans specifically devoted to educating future members of the Ecclesiarchy and the Commissariat. This being the TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} universe and Cain being a '''Hero of the Imperium''', not much time is devoted to actually developing much beyond Cain's class and work associates before the action starts. However, from the innumerable references to Cain's own experiences in a similar body, its clear that the Scholae Progenia are essentially British boarding schools InSPACE!
* Coates Academy in the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series is a boarding school specifically for "difficult" kids.
* Mordantly documented by [[Literature/{{Molesworth}} Nigel Molesworth]] (with [[Film/StTrinians Ronald Searle]] doing the illustrations) in ''Down with Skool!'' and its sequels.
* Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women in ''[[Literature/TheGallagherGirls I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You]]''.
* Alabaster Prep in ''TheDisreputableHistoryOfFrankieLandauBanks''.
* Literature/ASeparatePeace is a rare American example.
* Miss Minchin's boarding school in ''Literature/ALittlePrincess''.
* Easton Academy in ''Literature/{{Private}}'', as well as Atherton-Pryce in the SpinOff ''Privilege''.
* Ariadnio in ''Literature/GreekNinja'' is a school in Greece, with students coming from all over Europe to study in.
* In Creator/{{Edgar Allan Poe}}'s short story ''William Wilson'', [[FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator the narrator]] attended one of these in his youth.
* Mercedes Lackey's [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Valdemar]] novels have elements of this, particularly those set at the Collegia in Haven.
* Bethel Woods Orphanage from ''Literature/{{Hours}}'' is actually more of a boarding school for gifted geniuses. Who also happen to be orphans.
* Paul Murray's ''Skippy Dies'' (set in Dublin).
* Creator/EvelynWaugh's first novel, ''Decline and Fall'', is largely set at one of these, though it concerns one of the tutors rather than the students themselves.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/BetweenPlanets'' begins with Don Harvey attending one for several years on Earth while his parents are busy with archaeological digs on Mars. Aside from academics it is also a dude ranch with each boy being assigned a horse to care for.
* ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight''.
* The children of ''Literature/EndersGame'' attend a futuristic one.
* ''Literature/TheLiarNovel'', which has SituationalSexuality all through it -- unsurprisingly.
* ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' has Jade Mountain Academy, a boarding school for dragonets of all tribes founded by the protagonists of the first arc.
* Ursula Nordstrom's classic ''The Secret Language'' is set at Coburn Home School, which has both boys and girls; mostly middle-class children of single parents who have to work a lot. The education, food and accommodations are all right but newcomer Victoria North, aged eight, is [[FragileFlower severely homesick]] and a bossy, military-style housemother doesn't help (she's replaced by a gentler one, so there's that one.) {{Snarker}} and [[GoodWithNumbers math whiz]] Martha Sherman connects with Victoria and teaches her the three words of a "secret language", a kind of doubletalk made up by a close friend. They both learn from each other and face life in their own styles. Interestingly, the girls lampshade the "midnight feast," inadvertently proving it's impossible because everyone falls asleep first.
* The first half of ''Literature/ACollegeOfMagics'' covers the protagonist's time at Greenlaw College, the boarding school of the title, and hits many of the tropes for the girl's boarding school subgenre.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Dance Academy}}'' is an entire show about an Australian boarding school for dancers.
* The Argentinian SoapOpera [[http://www.delboca.net/spanish/tele_files/perla.html Perla Negra]] starts in a boarding school for rich girls located in the Argentinian countryside. Two former students, Eva and the titular Perla, get in a car accident: Eva dies, Perla survives but is mistaken as Eva, and she [[DeadPersonImpersonation decides to mantain the masquerade]] to protect Eva's baby son Charlie, [[ParentalSubstitute whom she loves as if he were her own child]], from Eva's BigScrewedUpFamily. [[spoiler: What Perla doesn't know is that she was dropped off at the school when she was a baby, with 22 authentic black pearls to pay for her education, and that she'll eventually learn ''who'' did this to her and ''why''...]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler reveals he attended boarding school. The details aren't revealed, (apart from being all boys), but he doesn't make it sound like fun and its hinted he was bullied.
* ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''
* Medenham Hall in ''Series/{{Hex}}''. That is, until [[spoiler:Malachi burns it down...]]
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'', where all the action takes place in a British Boarding School that was built originally as a real house for a famous archaeologist. Despite it's appearance and charm, it's more of a [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors boarding school of horrors.]]
* The forgotten teen sitcom ''Series/RunningTheHalls'' was ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' [-[[RecycledInSpace IN A BOARDING SCHOOL!]]-]
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' put [[AlphaBitch Libby]] [[PutOnABus on a bus]] in season 4 and explained that her parents had sent her away to boarding school.
* Parodied and subverted to hell and back in ''Tompkinson's Schooldays'', the first episode of ''Series/RippingYarns''. Actually, Greybridge itself (the school in the story) probably counts as more of a Boarding School Of Horrors, but it's intended as a parody of this trope.
* ''Series/USAHigh'', a '90s series from the same people who brought you ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' and ''Running the Halls'', was basically [-[[RecycledInSpace SAVED BY THE BELL IN PARIS!]]-]
* ''Series/TowerPrep'' is set in a boarding school, which none of the students know where it is, or why they're there.
* "Series/TheWorstWitch" is set in a boarding school for young witches.
* The entire point of ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'', in perfect combination with ElaborateUniversityHigh.
* ''Series/MadMen'': Teenage Sally Draper gets sent to Miss Porter's School, an old (for the U.S.) and exclusive all-girls' boarding school in Connecticut, for high school. She doesn't like it much, and at first gets up to antics there, including sneaking in boys and beer (getting suspended for the latter), but later matures, especially after [[spoiler:her mother is diagnosed with terminal cancer]].

* Bob Geldof, lead singer of TheBoomtownRats, describes his experiences with Catholic boarding school in Ireland during TheSeventies in his memoirs. It was [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors not a pleasant experience]] to put it mildly, and contributed greatly to his disenchantment with the Catholic Church.
* Music/PetShopBoys' "This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave" is a more restrained but still negative depiction.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' plays with a lot of these tropes, though the game is set in New England. Some of the Preppies even affect upper-class English accents to suit -- which they tend to drop when angered.
* Main setting of ''VideoGame/LuminousArc3'', although the students are only shown in class twice and even then they're barely learning.
* Main setting of ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlrevis'' and [[VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy its sequel]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', Gekkoukan High seems to have both day students and student dorms. However, the main characters live in a boarding house some distance away from the actual campus.
* ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Warnings at Waverly Academy]]''.
* St. Frost Academy in ''VideoGame/WastedYouth''.
* The Gardens in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' takes place in a co-ed boarding school.
* Kanenone Gakuen ("Sound of the Bell Academy"), the school in ''VisualNovel/GreenGreen'', which is an isolated all-boys school at the start, but is invaded by girls, making it co-ed.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' takes place in one for the disabled.
* ''VisualNovel/MissingStars'' takes place in a Vienna boarding school that helps students with mental health issues.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. Except so far the Houses seem to exist not to compete with each other, but give a measure of separation keeping some minimal sanity and safety for everyone involved, given that the students evidently include borderline {{Mad Scientist}}s, reincarnated [[TheFairFolk Fairies]] and ''really unusual'' cases.
* Early chapters of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}''.
* The Sokolov Academy, a boarding school for the children of wealthy and influential werewolves, is where most of the main cast of ''Webcomic/BadMoonRising'' first met. They return there for a school reunion of sorts in the second arc.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** The stories mostly take place at Whateley Academy, a boarding school in New Hampshire.
** And the classic British boarding school is the backstory for Beltane. When she manifested as a mutant and got her powers over ectoplasm, she pranked the entire school, creating what appeared to be the worst haunting in British history.
* Shows up a few times in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''. Version one had students abducted from schools all over the world, a few of which were boarding schools, while version three's Dorian Sanders briefly spent time at one that may have been a BoardingSchoolOfHorrors.
* ''Literature/LovelaceOneTwo'' takes place at Brooks-Carillon Academy, a fictional New England boarding school; the protagonist, Andi Gannett-Moore, has been going to boarding schools since first grade.
* ''Literature/VoidDomain'' has Brakket Magical Academy, one of five boarding schools for magic around the United States.
* ''Toys/EverAfterHigh'' takes place in a boarding school for the children of fairy-tale characters, who are in turn meant to inherit their parentsí roles.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''. Interestingly, the school the children go to is heavily visually based on real locations in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. It isn't a boarding school in real life though; the writers consciously changed that to keep the characters together (even though one does live off-campus).
* ''WesternAnimation/JamesBondJr'', the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Franchise/JamesBond''.
* There was a ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' Halloween movie centered around a "[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheGhoulSchool finishing school for ghouls]]."
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateBookOfSpells'': The WizardingSchool is just one of the many reasons the cartoon is considered an {{Expy}} of ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* ''Toys/PollyPocket'': Polly Pocket's would-be [[WickedStepmother stepmother]] tried to convince Polly's father to send her to one.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys Movie'' has Eliza's grandmother convincing her parents to send her to a girls boarding school in Londen to be more "civilized" and have a calmer lifestyle. Darwin manages to sneak along with her by hiding in her luggage.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The USA has a few schools like this, generally old and expensive and in the USA's 'New England' region. Historically, the USA had several public (in the US sense, meaning state-run) boarding schools in rural areas, although they are extremely rare today. Boarding schools for families of all (above-average) incomes abound in The Commonwealth. They make occasional appearances in non-British movies and TV and use pretty much the same tropes as in the British model. Modern-day, and non-American, boarding school settings tend to place more emphasis on getting into good universities; outside the USA, one can no longer get into a good university without good grades.
* In Japan, the boarding school idea shows up a few times, though not in the more realistic anime, because boarding schools are a foreign idea in Japan and its only real boarding schools are exclusively for international students. High schools are not region based but more like American colleges; as such, some students' parents [[MinorLivingAlone rent their kids small apartments or rooms]] so they can go to the school they attend without waking up really early or the whole family having to move to another city.