It's not as bad as the time they dropped a cross down his shorts.
In some works, the Monster Mash
settles down and raises a family. And where do they send their children of the night? Why, to a monster school of course! While there may not be anything special about the school itself, all of its students are certainly special. When the teens literally are monsters, and Wolf Man
junior and Cute Monster Girl
need to learn what it is to be a proper nightmare, this is where they go. There's often a Reluctant Monster
or Friendly Neighborhood Vampire
in the cast as the odd monster out, and sometimes it's the new monster on the block. Other times, it's a normal kid sent there by mistake
! It may be all monsters and supernatural creatures, and sometimes it's an exclusive boarding school for one species (almost invariably vampires!).
It may also extend to witches
, but only if the witches in question are a separate species
like Hags. Any fantastical creatures, such as Bigfoot, Demons
, Goblins, mermaids and fairies
, as well as made-up monsters, may also be present, so it does not always follow the Monster Mash
casting exactly. Preferably some form of Undead
should be the main focus, it's mainly anything you'd imagine living in Halloweentown
. Oftentimes the school lessons are on being scary, while other schools may focus on staying off of the Van Helsing hitlist by maintaining the Masquerade
. When it's in a world where monsters are commonplace, it's just a normal public school. If not, it's almost invariably a Boarding School
, or a quite literal Boarding School of Horrors
. Often an Academy of Adventure
in this case. Conversely, it could be an Academy of Evil
. A must if the setting is in Monster Town
Requirements are that the school is actually for (or at least appropriated by night by) monsters, ghouls, ghosts
or other supernatural/fantasy non-human creatures. The lone monster enrolled at a normal human
school is a Fish out of Water
and therefore does not count as an example, even if it is a magic school.
Usually this institute has a suitably spooky name. If it is a generic school with no name mentioned, as long as it's a work involving a specialized school for the sort of students previously mentioned, it counts.
Subtrope of Extranormal Institute
. Related to Wizarding School
, only it's for monsters. Not related to One Gender School
despite the similarity in name.
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Anime & Manga
- British children's comics The Dandy had some strips with this premise, "Eddie Potter at Strange Hill School".
- Whizzer and Chips had a "Strange Hill" with a similar concept, but the teacher is a normal man with grotesque students. Another IPC comic Monster Fun had an inversion of that in the strip Creature Teacher with a monster as a teacher and with normal (for British Comics) students.
- The Beano also had a couple of strips with this premise.
- Charm School: Magical Witch Girl Bunny has a love triangle among a witch, a vampire and a fairy at a school whose students are magical creatures.
- Svetlana Chmakova's Nightschool is a regular public school during the day and open to monsters at night.
- The Witch Girls universe has several schools for young witches, which overlap with this, due to both the application of Witch Species, and the occasional staff that are other creatures, or witches that are witch/Otherkin hybrids.
- IDW's aptly titled All-Ghouls School features Darkmoor Academy, and a lot of female monsters.
- The spanish comic Minimonsters has Villa Susto's local school, apart that the entire town are monsters.
- Vampire Academy
- Monster School, a book about a normal kid sent to a school for monsters by accident.
- The House of Night teaches its "vampyres" how to behave in society.
- Monster Goes To School by Virginia Mueller
- 100 Monsters in My School by Bonnie Bader has Frank N. Stein Elementary School and follows Jane Brain, the only human girl at a monster school.
- Bad Day At Monster Elementary by Mike Thaler
- Frankie Stein Starts School by Lola M. Schaefer has Miss Wart's Academy for Ghouls and Goblins.
- Mostly Monsterly by Paula Wiseman and Tammi Sauer is about a nice monster named Bernadette who gets teased for her niceness at a monster school.
- Three Star Billy by Pat Hutchins features a monster nursery school and a bad-tempered monster boy who gets gold stars for acting up, which makes him start to behave instead.
- The Perfect Monster by Sally Grindley features another friendly monster, being tutored by the most gruesome monster in class.
- Jeepers Creepers A Monstrous ABC by Laura Leuck. Educational alphabet book that takes place at a monster school.
- Kanokon: A novel about a boarding school for monsters having trouble keeping up Masquerade.
- Vampire School by Peter Bentley has two: St. Orlok's (for vampires) and Chaney Street Elementary (for werewolves).
- Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins has Hex Hall, a school for witches, vampires, fairies, and the like.
- Dutch childrens book writer Tais Teng wrote a series of books about a witch girl who attends a special monster class within an otherwise normal elementary school. It has vampires, a mummy, a plant creature and a werewolf, just to name a few of the students. The teacher of said class however is an ordinary human.
- The Falcon Quinn series, complete with a rival school for monster hunters.
Live Action TV
- SCP Foundation, SCP-2507 ("A Web Of Cliques"). The conversations of the spider-like members of SCP-2507 refer to events at "Brachypelma Elementary School", which they apparently used to attend. Presumably this is a school whose student body is made up entirely of SCP-2507 (note: Brachypelma is a genus containing several species of tarantula).
- The setting for the Australian kids' TV puppet show Lil Horrors.
- Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice is set at the Evil Academy, where the students include succubi, cat girls, dragons, zombies, and ghosts, among many other things. They do accept human transfer students, assuming they're able to live through the screening process.
- The Academy of Evil from Crash Twinsanity: Although it accepted human students according to the game's story, only two humans are at the academy when the player visits, and both are cyborgs.
- Little Monster At School was an educational CD-i story of the Mercer Mayer character.
- Frightmoore University: Its students are vampires, werewolves and other monsters.
- School Bites: A vampire school called Shadow Academy.
- Eerie Cuties: While it may appear to be a normal school, on the outside, Charybdis Heights is actually a school for cryptids. And to ensure their safety, it must remain a secret from the general public. Which is why Jeffry the groundskeeper tries to keep humans from snooping around. Though the more persistent ones, like Tiffany, present a problem....
- The currently-on-indefinite-hiatus Night School had Kojo Academy, where creatures of the night went to learn how NOT to be monsters in a modernizing fantasy world.
- Seems to be the setting of Even Goblins Wear Tight Pants.
- Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures has SAIA, short for Succubus and Incubus Academy, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. (Though the cubi race in that setting goes for the work-safe alternative of feeding on emotions in general, the specific class of emotions depending on the individual clan and the individual cubi.)
- Fairview High which isn't so much an All Ghouls School as just monsters going to regular high school with the humans blissfully unaware of their existence.
- Monsterful has Addams High and features zombies, mummies, werewolves and vampires, and also some mythological creatures like a gorgon and an anthropomorphic female Loch Ness monster as professors.
- Delcastle High from Tapsal-Teerie is a school for children of the world's monsters, which teaches them to be the next generation of legends.
- Campus Creeps has "Nevergreen Hollow University", a college for monsters.
- Parodied in the Something Positive storyline "Homecoming of Elemental Awful", in which Vanessa decides the scariest possible setting for her Halloween RPG is high school.
Vanessa: Come with me, mortals, to a place where magic and monsters reign, and the law of the land is that might makes right unless that's not cool this week.
- Slime Times High,the name of the monster school in this shojo inspired comic about a slug monster girl.