Also called an ''escalator school''. An kind of school consisting of an institution that offer education from elementary or middle school (or even from kindergarten ) until the university .

Often, elementary school, middle school, high school, and college are separate institutions requiring that prospective students pass rigid entrance examinations at each transition. Elevator schools, however, allow students to move to the next educational level without having to take the standard entrance exams. (In particular, they allow students to bypass the notoriously hellish high-school entrance examinations.) Despite or perhaps because of this, elevator schools often themselves require students to pass an examination to gain admission at all.

In most countries, this is simply what the public school system ''does'', taking in any and all students of the appropriate age living in a defined geographic area. Some countries (such as UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}) almost all private schools are like this and they are typically very expensive and prestigious, so expect the student body to display LuxuryTropes.

Note that it's still entirely possible to flunk out of these schools, so they don't work as an explanation for lazy or [[ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow frequently-absent]] students. What they ''do'' is provide a quick and easy way to realistically have characters of very different ages in the same school setting.

Not to be confused with {{Wayside School}}, where nobody uses the elevators anyway.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Ohtori Academy in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' teaches kindergarten through at least high school.
* The CLAMP School, the main setting of ''Manga/{{CLAMP School Detectives}}'' and making a cameo in ''Manga/{{X1999}}'', includes all grades from kindergarten through college.
** As does Horitsuba Gakuen, the school in the [[Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle Tsubasa]]/Manga/{{xxxHolic}} {{omake}} and CD dramas.
* Mugen Gakuen (Infinity Academy) and T.A. Girls' School in ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. The former acts as a cover for the villans of the 3rd arc and is rarely seen acting as an actual school (though it is one) and is destroyed in the arc's climax. The latter is attended by Rei Hino (AKA Sailor Mars) and is again rarely seen. T.A. also happens to be a Catholic School run by nuns. Rei also comments that while she doesn't have to do an exam to enter high school doesn't mean she has it easy as the nuns could easily not let you pass to the next year if they don't like you.
* Mahora Academy in ''MahouSenseiNegima'' is an elevator school (starting from preschool), but a condition of Negi's continuing employment (and thus receiving his magic license) is that he must get the class exam averages up -- specifically those of the five worst students, the self-proclaimed "Baka Rangers".
* Ouran Academy in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''.
* Saki Girls School in ''Manga/GirlsHigh''
* Maijima Private Academy from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' from kindergarten to university.
* Eriol Academy from ''Manga/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''.
* The Sakuragaoka Academy in ''Manga/KamichamaKarin'' seems to have at least an elementary branch and a middle school branch.
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Gakuen Alice]] from ''Manga/AliceAcademy'' is one of these.
* The Ayanoi Gakuin in ''Manga/GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass'' is a more realistic example. It has a junior high, a high school and technological university in adjacent campuses, and they share a lot of common facilities-- the main characters, which are in the high school, often goes to the university campus to have computer graphics classes and sometimes even for ''vending machines''. It's also worth noting that because of the university's background, the high school have a relelatively large technical/vocational division, on top of general ed and arts divisions-- and it's not an ElaborateUniversityHigh, but just TruthInTelevision in Japan.
* Supposedly Hakuou of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' is one, but since all the characters are in high school, you can't really tell.
* Sakashitamon Academy in ''Manga/AiKora''.
* Oujou in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', but played with using the Poseidon's school, a building so tall and with such tall people that most of the students go on to become elevator workers.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' has got a variation: The school is a small country school, with just one class but still having children of varying ages.
* ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru''[='=] Lillian Girls School runs from kindergarten through university. It's mentioned that most of the cast have attended for their entire school days with flashbacks to previous years (Sei and Eriko's first meeting during Kindergarten, Sei and Youko's meeting during Middle School, and Sachiko's childhood through her classmate's eyes). Sei, herself, is currently attending the University, though she had to take the entrance exams because she was late getting her paperwork.
* The school attended by the cast of ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' is specifically mentioned to be an ElevatorSchool in the first episode. Its an extreme example, with classes from Kindergarten straight through high school graduation, and some community college classes.
* ''{{Slam Dunk}}'': Kainan is an escalator school, as it's always introduced as Kainan University Affiliated High School.
* Morinomiya in ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'' is known to have at least a middle school section and a high school section.
* The prestigious San Marx Private Arts Academy from ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' is one, right the way up from kindergarten.
* The school from Manga/AssassinationClassroom counts, but the fail condition is made very clear - the students will not be allowed to continue attendance if they're part of Class E by the end of the year, with being part of the class having [[MarkOfShame a certain]] [[TheExile social stigma]] (Nagisa's friends completely abandon him when he's moved to class E). That, plus the fact that it's in the old school building, is one of the reasons everyone is given a contract on their superhuman sensei.
* Some of the schools in ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' go from at least junior high to highschool. Hyoutei and Rikkaidai are explicitely mentioned to be like this, with both of them going at least from elementary to university.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters/Xavier Academy, in the comic book, cartoon and theatrical versions of the ''Comicbook/XMen''. Xavier's "elevator" goes one step higher, since most of the instructors are former students who seamlessly moved into their new roles. Remember that this role is teacher-slash-superhero. Well, in most cases, anyway; it's hard to imagine Wolverine teaching anything but gym. And you do not want him teaching you gym.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''[[FanFic/TheMysteriousSchool The Mysterious School]]'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as its name says,]] has the Artemis Kuroshi School. The twist is that there are no exams needed to get in: accept the invitation and you immediately are let in.
* ''Webcomic/KillLaKillAU'' seems to have a variant in that said school, at the beginning of the comic, that Satsuki, Nui, Ryuuko, and Mako went to also doubled as a day care center, as then five year old Satsuki attends kindergarten with a three and a couple of two year olds and the fact that, in comic 18, according to Nui, the class they attended was also attended by infants.
* In the ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'' fanfic [[ ''In a Different Light'']], there is a mention of an unnamed prestigious private elementary school with an affiliated college campus. Clair attended the elementary school...and [[{{Squick}} his father paid some college boys to gang-rape him]].

* Rushmore academy from ''Film/{{Rushmore}}'' appears to be one of these, as it includes an elementary school in addition to a high school.
* [[Film/{{Matilda}} Trunchem Hall]] becomes on in the climax because [[spoiler: with Trunchbull gone, no-one wanted to graduate.]]

* ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'' by Adam R. Brown.
** Oberon works with his business partner, Dr. Morgan Flaye, and enemy turned friend and ally, Helena Velazquez, to initiate a special program for gifted young people. He calls it the Nu-Age Program and builds a system of private schools that feature a very different teaching style for those who attend.
** Oberon later builds two more special schools intended to help even younger gifted children called Devo and GAIA.
* The high school in the ''California Diaries'' spin-off of the ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' becomes one of these, due to overcrowding in the elementary school.
* ''[[Literature/CHERUBSeries CHERUB]]'' Campus resembles one of these. Due to the CHERUB policy of not separating siblings, there are a number of under-10s living on the campus. All campus residents are educated on campus, and the curriculum ranges from basic English, maths and science to whatever A-level courses the older agents want to take.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The school in ''Series/ICarly'' is a combined MiddleSchool and HighSchool, unusual in a major American city, presumably because the main characters were in 8th grade in the first season and the producers didn't want to cast new teachers and build new school sets after just one season. Justified, in that many school districts in Washington State (the show is set in Seattle) have ninth graders attend junior high, yet take high school level courses and earn high school credit. Apparently it prevents overcrowded high schools. It's also more analogous to Japanese high schools/junior highs, by pure coincidence.
** It's called a Junior High (in Canada at least).
* The only explanation Max being in the same school as Justin and Alex since the ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' started.
** It's even more blatant after Max gets turned into a little girl (apparently in the fourth grade) and still goes to the same school.
** Although it may be a JustifiedTrope because of the fact that it's a private school.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the video game ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', each of the three Gardens is an ElevatorSchool (you can get in as early as 5 years old, and you get kicked out if you're not a [=SeeD=] by 20), in addition to being an ElaborateUniversityHigh (some towns have smaller populations than the Gardens).
* Bullworth Academy from ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', in addition to being an ElaborateUniversityHigh, has everyone from kindergartners to high school seniors.
* Gunjou Institute from ''VisualNovel/CrossChannel'' is this without the university.
* ''VideoGame/EscapeFromStMarys'': Though most of the game concerns high school, the entire school has children aged 6 to 18. So though you are a student, you spend time "minding" a younger class and even throw a tiny younger student over your shoulder.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Collegium Caelum in ''Roleplay/DeptHeavenApocrypha'' teaches preschool through grad school. Most people transfer in because of scholarships, though, because the cost of actually ''going'' to the school from ages six to twenty-six is exorbitant.
* SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse is one of these. Most mutants manifest around fourteen and start as freshmen, but some manifest earlier, so the school has kids as young as eleven or twelve, like Diz and Clover. And it teaches classes that include college and ''grad school'' level curricula because some mutants have the [[MadScientist brain power]], or at least the skills with physics and biology.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision: some American Private schools (usually of the Religious type) and some rural public schools are small enough to have a K-12 range of students.
** Also in Japan, where many private universities have high schools and junior highs in adjacent campuses.
** Ditto for some small towns in Canada.
* Before the 20th century, due to limited transportation, the need for children to help their parents out on the farm, and the lack of teachers, especially in the frontier, most schools of the era had a dizzying range of age for the students.
* Those are also common in Mexico today. The Instituto de Ciencias in Guadalajara, for example, has all grades from kindergarten to high school. If you stretch it a little bit, you might consider the ITESO -- founded by priests from the I de C -- as part of the campus (and indeed they have a "direct pass" if your GPA is higher than 85%), thus technically making it the same school from kindergarten ''to doctorate''.
** One has students from 4 to 18 with three adjacent campus: One for preschool, one for the 4 first years of elementary school, the last a big campus for all the others grades. High school classrooms were close to the entrance, Middle school a little farther, Junior School classroom much further... Done to remind students how many years they will have to endure?
** Many Marist schools also follow this paradigm. Case in point: Instituto México and Colegio México, which begin at elementary school, move on to junior high, high school, and get automatic pass to college. While students do need to change campus, there are no entrance exams as long as they remain within the system.
** ITESM, also known as Tec De Monterrey, is an elevator school between tenth grade and university, all in the same campus. You only need to take entrance exams for the level you're first applying to.
* Certain schools - both state and private - in the UK also resemble this.
** Most secondary schools in England and Wales go from Year ([[WeAllLiveInAmerica Grade]]) 7 to Year 11, sometimes with a college or sixth form taking students up to 18 years old included. A small number have primary and junior schools as part of the school. So in all you can have people ranging from 4 years old to 18 in the same school (but probably not in the same building.)
** Also, the US equivalent of kindergarden to 2nd grade and 3rd to 6th grade are divided into Infants and Junior schools, which are separate educational establishments with their own administration and budget but are almost invariably sited in close proximity and sometimes share certain facilities. The effect is much the same from a pupil's point of view. And then there's certain counties that have a three-tier system that mostly corresponds with the US system, and they usually have at least two out of three tiers co-located.
* Rural regional schools in Australia often have a small student body, so most schools go from CPC(preschool) to year 12. Many private/religious schools also do this.
** Australian schools as a whole are like this. Instead of splitting into 3, primary, middle, high school, the vast majority of students will go through a single school from Kindergarten to Year 6 or 7, and then move to a high school for Year 7 or 8 through to the final Year 12. The only formal exam to progress in most states is in Year 10 (Called the School Certificate in NSW). There is a final set of tests in Year 12, but students leave regardless, and would usually go to the equivalent of a Community College if they failed Year 12 but wanted to complete it anyway the year after.
** One school in Melbourne ran a bit more unusally. Prep - year 8. The 7/8 were the 'high school' section, of an otherwise normal primary school.
* New Zealand has ''area schools'' and ''composite schools'' covering all 13 years of primary and secondary education. Area schools are found in rural areas where the population does not justify separate primary and secondary schools, while composite schools are found in urban areas and are most likely private, state-integrated schools[[note]]Former private schools which have almost gone under and been bought out by the government.[[/note]], or Kura Kaupapa Maori[[note]]Maori-medium schools[[/note]].
** While in major towns and cities it is common to go through separate primary (Years 1-6), intermediate (Years 7-8) and secondary schools (Years 9-13), the intermediate years in smaller centres and some parts of larger centres are usually covered by a full primary school (Years 1-8) or a Year 7-13 secondary school.
* Pine View School in Osprey, Florida, a public gifted school that ranges from 2nd to 12th grade, all on the same sprawling campus.
* The Escuela Nueva Laboratorio (New Laboratory School) in Costa Rica has only 1 30-student class in each grade going from preschool (called "5 years" the kids age at the time) to the 6th grade (12 years). The graduates can continue to Liceo Laboratorio Emma Gamboa (Emma Gamboa Laboratory High) which has 3 classes per grade, that never change throught 7th grade to 11th (there's only 11 grades in Costa Rica)
* The Moravian Academy in Bethlehem, PA. The school also has an association Moravian College which is nearby.
* In Detroit, there was a campus that included an Elementary School, Middle School, and High School on the same property, though in seperate buildings. It was one of the many places that have been shut down in the city's recent budget-induced closings over the past few years, though.
* The way the Venezuelan educational system is made means that the most common type of public school is a "Unidad Educativa Básica" (Basical Educative Unit), who teach what is known as the "basic cycle", ranging from ages 5 to 16, and grades 1st-9th. Some UEB have kindergartens, but that's not common outside of big cities. There are also the ones popularly known as "Liceos", who teach grades 7-9 plus the two-three years of "ciclo diversificado" or "''Bachillerato''" (the equivalent of other countries High School, but with differentiated programs for science, humanistic, and vocational instruction). And there are institutions like the Gran Colombia School, who has all the range from kindergarten to ''Bachillerato'', with a technical vocational school and (more recently) a college trown to the mix.
* In the Philippines, it's not uncommon for universities to have high schools, elementary schools, and even kindergartens attached, usually in the same general area. Also, one university (such as De La Salle University or St. Scholastica's College) may have different campuses (and adjacent high schools...etc.) all over the country.
* Tends to happen in college towns in the US too; just for example, the University of Arkansas has an elementary school and a combined middle and high school (same campus, different buildings) all within walking distance of the main university campus, in addition to several daycares. They aren't the only schools in the area though.
* In Denmark, the normal public school system works like this; going from kindergarten classes to 9th grade.
* The Grupo Objetivo in Brazil works this way. There are schools from the kindergarten to the high school and preparatory schools for the universities' admission exam (aka "vestibular") named "Colégio Objetivo". Their owner also own the Associação Unificada Paulista de Ensino Renovado Objetivo, that contains 21 colleges, so one person can go from kindergaten to the grad school without exiting its domains.
* Standard operating procedure in Russia and most other post-Soviet states, where elementary, junior high and high are usually the same school, consisting of 10 or 11 grades, called a "middle school" ("high" is a university or college).
** EastGermany, another Eastern Block country, had Polytechnic Secondary Schools (POS), which spanned over 10 years, from 6 to 16.
* Some of the oldest [[UsefulNotes/LesGrandesEcoles French ''Lycées'']] have [[CramSchool preparatory classes]] and also integred junior high schools on their campus, which come from the time befote the 60s where the ''Lycée'' spanned over seven years, unlike three today, and pupils entered when they were 11-years-old, not unlike the English Grammar Schools and the German ''Gymnasiums''. Some of these ''lycées'' also had ''primary schools''[[note]]Called ''petits lycées''[[/note]] and even, in the big cities, ''kindergartens''.
* In North America, some of the more prestigious universities will have affiliated "feeder" high schools or preparatory academies. Examples include the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for University of Chicago and University of Toronto School for University of Toronto (in general, if the name of the university is in the name of the high school, it's probably a favored feeder). While admission is not always guaranteed, getting into the university is generally much easier because of the school tailoring their curriculum and extracurriculars to the host university's needs.
* Many Chilean schools also go from elementary to highschool. It's often associated with private schools, but several prestigious public schools have similar deals.