A subgenre of SliceOfLife, Schoolgirl Series tend to revolve around a group of female classmates and their antics and adventures during and after school. Depending on how comedic they are, such series may feature a rather unusual school where [[RuleOfFunny highly unrealistic things happen]]. Having a ManChild teacher in control of a WackyHomeroom is not uncommon in Schoolgirl Series though a StraightMan educator may be swapped in to form a contrast with the outrageous behavior of the main heroines. A SenseiChan character may be thrown into the mix in order to incorporate some kind of friendly adult perspective.

Schoolgirl Series can also have more serious or romantic elements, but are similar in how their main focuses are on the [[DayInTheLife day-to-day]] activities of a group of girls in school and the friendships that grow through them. Sometimes there is a main heroine in the story and if that is the case, the series may have some ComingOfAge elements.

Male characters may appear, but they rarely enter into the main cast and if they do they are [[TheOneGuy outnumbered by female ones]]. Occasionally, this element is used to such a degree that one may wonder why EverybodyIsSingle and yet people rarely mention relationships or dating in many of the more comedy-centered Schoolgirl Series.

In Japan, these kinds of series often overlap with {{Moe}} and almost always have men as their target demographic. Even so, Schoolgirl Series rarely delve into {{Fanservice}}. Though the anime-centric language may lead you to believe otherwise, the schoolgirl genre is also present in the West, with 1931 German film ''Film/MadchenInUniform'' the UrExample.

!!Tropes commonly associated with Schoolgirl Series:

* ACupAngst
* BeachEpisode: Almost mandatory for any self-respecting Schoolgirl Series.
* BishoujoSeries
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Will overlap with AttentionDeficitOohShiny if the character is a GenkiGirl.
* CuteClumsyGirl
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Especially in the 10s, and on some occasions the voice actresses tend to form a group for said series.
* EverybodyIsSingle
* FestivalEpisode: Equally obligatory in Japanese HighSchool settings as the Beach Episode (see above).
* HairDecorations
* [[FourGirlEnsemble Four / Five-Girl Ensemble]]: May also overlap with [[FiveManBand Five-Woman Band]].
* GenericCuteness
* GenkiGirl
* GirlishPigtails
* TheGlomp
* UsefulNotes/InsideShoes: Often are ColorCodedForYourConvenience to tell [[SempaiKohai upperclassmen from lowerclassmen]].
* {{Iyashikei}}: Some series can qualify for this trope.
* {{Joshikousei}}
* KaraokeBox: Not as often as the BeachEpisode, usually with the HollywoodToneDeaf.
* [[HoYay Les Yay]]: Often, but not always, but may go so far to overlap with a RomanticTwoGirlFriendship.
* ManChild: Often overlaps with SenseiChan if the character is a teacher. If female, often is a ChristmasCake.
* {{Meganekko}}
* {{Moe}}
* {{Nice G|uy}}irl: Expect at least one character in the main cast or secondary characters to fall into this trope, usually the TokenMiniMoe. Often the center of CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and TearJerker scenes.
* NoAntagonist: There is usually no antagonist in a schoolgirl series and even if there is one, the said antagonist will most likely be played for comedic purposes or as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* NonuniformUniform: As a way to tell the characters apart, especially if the show has GenericCuteness.
* {{Ojou}}: Often has a BigFancyHouse, sometimes more than one and is a [[TheDitz ditzy character]] as well. Expect [[{{Ojou}} Type 1]] if she is a main character, [[{{Ojou}} Type 2]] if she is a SitcomArchNemesis (although this is less common).
* OneGenderSchool: Quite a few series take place at all-girl's schools, so the number of male characters can be limited as much as possible. If it's not this, than there usually seem to be a lot more girls around than guys (which is sometimes justified by letting the series take place in an art club or something similarly "girly").
* ProperTightsWithASkirt
* PuniPlush: Often, but mostly dependent on the art style.
* RapunzelHair
* SailorFuku
* SchoolFestival
* ShrinkingViolet, in the same character more often than not. Will often have a HimeCut and be well endowed, but [[HollywoodPudgy self-conscious]]. May overlap with {{Meganekko}} / {{Tsundere}} characters.
* SkinshipGrope: Often the primary basis for the [[HoYay Les Yay]] elements.
* SweetDreamsFuel: A major reason for the popularity of this anime genre amongst male audiences, is the open warmth and sentimentality permitted by an all-female setting; in the still relatively-chauvinist MenDontCry world of Japanese males, it is quite cathartic to allow oneself to occasionally partake in a world where it's okay to hug your friends, love, hope, and dream, even if its for just 30 minutes a week.
* TaremeEyes: Often the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and GenkiGirl characters.
* TokenGuy: Often the ''only'' guy in the series.
* TokenMiniMoe: Expect at least one character to fit this bill.
* {{Tsundere}}: May also be a {{Meganekko}} and often the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]], but also can be NotSoAboveItAll.
* TsurimeEyes
* TwoTeacherSchool: One of them will be the main SenseiChan, while the other will often be her [[VitriolicBestBuds friend]].
* UnlimitedWardrobe
* VitriolicBestBuds, often between the {{Tsundere}} character and the GenkiGirl. Often, but not always a ChildhoodFriends and TomboyAndGirlyGirl / RedOniBlueOni relationship, especially if the {{Tsundere}} in question is the [[StraightMan Straight Woman]] / [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]].
* WeightWoe: At least one character will be sensitive about her weight gain.
* {{Yonkoma}}: Almost a rule, if the series in question is a manga.
* ZettaiRyouiki



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun has undertones of this, especially in its {{Filler}} arcs.
* ''Manga/AChannel'' is such, plus a few LesYay overtones.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' is generally considered the biggest TropeCodifier for schoolgirl series, following the enormous success of the both the manga and anime, and it established many of the character tropes commonly associated with this subgenre.
** It is also an example of this trope being used without having a main character and its only named male characters are the creepy [[DirtyOldMan Mr. Kimura]] and [[Creator/NorioWakamoto Chiyo's father]], a man who only seems to appear in day dreams as a giant catlike creature. It tends to focus on comedic side of things.
** Many series that came after Manga/{{Azumanga|Daioh}} [[FollowTheLeader follow its formula pretty closely]], along with the elements above, drawing comparisons such as "[[RecycledINSPACE Like Azumanga Daioh, but in/with X]]". It even is ''so'' popular, that ''Manga/DokiDokiSchoolHours'' is considered to be a copycat, even though its manga came out two years earlier.
* ''Anime/BangDream'' focuses on high school girls who form a band called Poppin' Party.
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' is another gender-inverted example.
* ''Manga/DokiDokiSchoolHours'' is the earliest example in this list and as such is seen as the [[TropeCodifier codifier]] of some of the most important tropes. However it's actually an aversion, since there are an equal amount of male characters.
* ''Manga/{{Fullmapla}}'' is about the OddCouple of a GenkiGirl and a SilentSnarker who [[TalkingWithSigns talks with numbered signs]].
* ''Manga/GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass'' focuses on a group of girls (and a couple of boys) at Ayanoi High School, most of whom are enrolled in G.A., a class that specializes in arts.
* ''LightNovel/HereComesTheThreeAngels'' is about gradeschoolers playing in a rock band.
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' features a group of girls who live in the Hidamari Apartments and attend a nearby art school together. One of their teachers at their school, Yoshinoya, [[ManChild sometimes seems much less mature than they do]]. In some ways the series tells the story of how the main heroine, Yuno, matures from being a naive freshman to being more of an adult.
* ''Manga/HighSchoolGirls'', also known as ''Girl's High''.
* ''Manga/HinakoNote'' focuses on cute girls and their theater club.
* ''Manga/{{Hyakko}}''
* ''Manga/IsTheOrderARabbit'' focuses on schoolgirls working at cafés, but there are few school scenes.
* ''Manga/KimiToBoku'' is a rare gender-inverted example.
* ''Manga/KiniroMosaic'', the plot point being an ''English'' NewTransferStudent.
* ''Manga/KomorisanCantDecline'' is a series about a schoolgirl [[ExtremeDoormat who can't deny requests]] and her classmates.
* ''Manga/KOn'' fits the Schoolgirl Series template to the T, telling the story of a group of girls who are members of a light music club at an all-girls high school with the spunky "Sawa-chan" playing the role of club sponsor. There is really only one named male character that reappears in the anime and he is the brother of a club member. [[CanonForeigner He never appears in the original source material.]]
* ''Anime/LuckyStar'' mainly focuses on the core group of friends of Konata, the twins Kagami and Tsukasa, and Miyuki along with a few of their classmates and relatives. This series [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on]] the EverybodyIsSingle part of a good many Schoolgirl Series when the group wonders why Miyuki does not yet have a boyfriend. It also only has two named male characters that appear for more than a couple of minutes (aside from Anime Tenchou), Konata's dad, Soujirou, and Minoru Shiraishi.
* ''Manga/MagicOfStella'' overlaps with SchoolClubStories, all the cast are schools are four of them involves making a doujin game.
* ''Manga/ManabiStraight'' combines this with TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.
* ''Manga/MinamiKamakuraHighSchoolGirlsCyclingClub'' is about girls in a bicycle club.
* ''Anime/NatsuiroKiseki'' is all about [[FourGirlEnsemble four childhood friends]], spending their last summer together before one of them moves away.
* ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'' revolves around an eleven-year-old girl teaching a [[WackyHomeroom crazy high school class]].
* ''Manga/SakuraTrick'': Stretching RomanticTwoGirlFriendship into main-text YuriGenre.
* ''Manga/SchoolLive'', what happens when the character archetypes of Schoolgirl Series are dropped into an altogether different genre and circumstances, in this case a ZombieApocalypse.
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble''
* ''Manga/SeishunKouryakuhon'' is a schoolboy series that's taking place in the last year of their high school days. It has a bittersweet feeling to it because of that.
* ''Manga/{{Sketchbook}}'' revolves around the mostly female members of an art club and their chicken-obsessed, energetic teacher Ms. Kasugano.
* ''Manga/SweetMagicSyndrome'', Characters from a MagicalLand go to school in the real world and talk about food, mostly sweets.
* ''Manga/{{Tamayura}}'' can be considered as one. The girls may not spend much time at school, but they are often [[{{Joshikousei}} depicted in their uniforms]].
* ''Manga/WakabaGirl'', a series of short 7-minute episodes about an {{Ojou}} who ends up going to an ordinary school and making ordinary friends.
* ''Manga/WaratteSotomuraSan'', is a series about a misunderstood girl who wishes to make friends with her smile, too bad her smile looks like she's about to viciously murder you.
* ''Manga/YuruYuri'' is one of these, focusing more on humour and {{Yuri|Genre}} elements.
* ''Manga/{{Yuyushiki}}'', which shares some similarity to ''Yuru-Yuri'', with slightly less yuri.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''The Four Marys'', a long-running strip in the ComicBook/{{Bunty}} girls' comic paper in Britain. It's about four girls named Mary that attend a girls' boarding school, and have (usually) age-appropriate adventures. Named male characters come from outside the school and generally appear for one story arc only.
* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' is a mix between this and the MagicalGirl genre, as the comics focus as much on the five main characters' lives at home and school as their [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld saving the world]]. The [[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} show]] focuses a little more on the "fighting evil" side while mixing in the SliceOfLife elements as B-plots.

* A series of works in the ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal are set in the Assassins' Guild School, a boarding school with a reputation. They're not ''all'' about the girl pupils (WordOfGod is that the author finds girls are more fun to write). Several close pairings of best friends happen. Jocasta Wiggs and Millie Mountjoy-Standish; Mariella Smith-Rhodes and Rivka ben-Divorah; and most lately Johanna Smith-Rhodes Maaijande and Emma "Piles" Roydes. Intense animosities come into it too: Catherine Perry-Bowen and Deborah Rust; Rivka ben-Divorah and Pamela Eorle. The teaching staff manage this carefully. Fights and feuds of the intense sort that happen between teenage girls are not good in a school where the pupils have access to lethal weaponry.
** Elsewhere, the canonical setting of the Convent School of the Spiteful Sisterhood of Seven-Handed-Sek (SHS) is expanded upon and is revealed to have the Discworld's equivalent of [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule Catholic Schoolgirls]]. Compared to the Assassins' School, SHS is more mainstream and typical of the sort of general education the Disc gives to its daughters. Who are tended by kindly and caring nuns with a deep commitment to educating their charges and turning out well-adjusted young ladies. It's not their fault they get girls like [[FightingIrish Shauna O'Hennigan]] and [[FieryRedhead Rebecka Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons]].
* ''Fanfic/TokimekiPokeLiveAndTwinbee'' is a series of crossover fanfics and one shots that takes place in an alternate version of the ''Love Live!'' universe that focuses on certain female characters from the ''Pokémon'' games, ''Love Live! School Idol Festival'', ''Love Live! Perfect Dream Project'', ''Tokimeki Memorial:Forever with You'' and ''Twinbee'' with occasional appearances from other female characters from other franchises and it also combines this with various Mon series tropes.

* ''Literature/TheGallagherGirls'' series is about girls going to a SpySchool.
* Creator/EnidBlyton wrote a lot of these, ''Literature/MaloryTowers'' and ''Literature/StClares'' being the most famous ones.
* ''Literature/PrincessHolyAura'' by Ryk Spoor, centered around Holly Owen's two slightly overlapping sets of friends and allies.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/DestinyFailsUs'' revolves around a group of girls making their way through their final years of high school.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' could essentially be described as this. It was a SliceOfLife with FunnyAnimal ponies about characters who were regularly seen attending school. There were a couple of token guys, but most of them were girls.