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->'''Homer''': Marge, I think that guy's a spy!\\
'''Marge''': Of course he's a spy! We just saw him go through spy school!
-->--''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Colonel Homer"

Pretty much any training program for spies, assassins and related CloakAndDagger types. The primary purpose is to train new spies, but some spy schools might also include further training for experienced agents. Sometimes an experienced agent might retire from the career and become a trainer, or might be invited to be a guest lecturer from time to time.

Most spy schools are for adults, although there is a growing genre of series like ''CHERUB'' and ''Spy High'' that depict schools with university age, teenage or even preteen students. Such schools may be the origin of the TeenSuperSpy.

The exact training program varies greatly, but most include a wide variety of espionage, commando and generally unconventional dirty trick training. Some are MildlyMilitary, and many programs emphasis martial arts and weapons training to equip their agents to be an ActionHero. However, most give foremost importance to the ability to think outside the box, interact with people, and be a well-rounded GuileHero. The school might have classes oriented toward being a MasterOfDisguise and a CunningLinguist.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/PrincessPrincipal'' introduces "The Farm" in a late episode. Only two of the main characters - [[BadassDriver Dorothy]] and [[MasterActor Ange]] - have gone through it however. That same episode confirms that Ange has been TheAce from the beginning, being the top student in their class.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''ComicBook/{{Zero}}'', the titular character and his fellow agent, Mina, went to one run by the Agency. Student deaths were not unusual.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* In Red Witch's ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' Fanfic ''Sins of the Father,'' Miss Abercrombie's Charm and Finishing School looks like a snobbish prep school, but is really a covert training academy for espionage agents from Earth's wealthiest and most well-placed families. The other three Rangers are surprised to find their team's BadassNormal had initially been assigned as TheMole, but screwed over his bosses to side with them.
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}}, the Assassins' Guild School rounds out the education of students on the Black with practical training in these matters. It is largely administered by Monsieur le Balouard, portrayed as a semi-retired James Bond who is keen to pass his experience in Flamboyant and Energetic Espionage to a new generation. Doctor Perdore, a far more shadowy member of staff, teaches in intelligence gathering and evaluation. In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6093110/18/Clowning-is-a-Serious-Business Clowning Is A Serious Business]], we see a class of senior students being taught how to conduct an interrogation of an interesting person, whilst avoiding the somewhat ''inelegant'' and unproductive physical stuff. Assassin interrogation is rather more ''psychological''.

[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{DEBS}}'': The heroes attend a secret academy for the title organization, a government agency.
* ''Film/GetSmart'': CONTROL had a training school.
* ''Film/TheRecruit'': The majority of the plot takes place in one of these.
* ''Film/CarryOnSpying'' was set, at least initially, in a spy school.
* ''Carve Her Name with Pride'' is a movie about a female SOE agent being trained and deployed.
* The 1993 Russian comedy ''Gun with a Silencer'' has two American spies, apparently, being trained in a mental hospital to infiltrate Russia and locate nuclear missile silos in order to prove that all those talks about nuclear disarmament are bullshit. The movie makes it ambiguous as to whether they really are spies or are merely escaped mental patients who think they're spies. On one hand, one of them clearly has a split personality and their "training" is woefully inadequate (one of them learns the wrong language); on the other, they are provided everything they need to actually get into Russia to do the mission. The ending even features a typical PrisonerExchange on a bridge, except the two prisoners are in straightjackets and, possibly, lobotomized, and the vehicles are ambulances.
* ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' opens with a scene in the SPECTRE training academy: a spy school for bad guy spies.
* ''Film/BarelyLethal'' has ''Prescott Special School for Orphans'', where they teach little girls to become secret agents and assassins.
* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': The stately manor that is Kingsman HQ is also a fully equipped training facility for new recruits.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women in ''[[Literature/TheGallagherGirls I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You]]''.
* [[Literature/CherubSeries CHERUB Campus]] is the training ground of the TeenSuperSpy James Adams in Robert Muchamore's books.
* There is a grotesque scene, of the protagonists walking through a Medieval spy training camp, in one of Andrzej Sapkowski's non-[[Literature/TheWitcher Witcher]] novels. Among the highlights are propaganda [[TheShill shills]] [[NoIndoorVoice HONING THEIR VOICES]], and an old spy teaching young ones what to do if you're uncovered. [[spoiler:Cry that the Jews have poisoned the wells and leave when everyone's gone to do some pogrom.]]
* Novgorod from the ''Literature/TheBourneSeries''.
* The temple of the Many-Faced God in George R. R. Martin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
* A large part of Viktor Suvorov's novel ''Literature/{{Aquarium}}'' (and the subsequent Polish-Russian TV miniseries) focuses on the training of new GRU operatives in the secret facilities. Also counts as a RealLife example.
* One of the B-plots from Creator/TomClancy's ''[[Literature/JackRyan Executive Orders]]'' has veteran field agent (and resident paramilitary badass spook extraordinare) John Clark training a new batch of agents at The Farm to rebuild the CIA's HUMINT[[note]][=HUMan INTelligence=][[/note]] assets (read: agents) after years of downsizing in favor of SpySatellites and other technical intelligence gathering methods. Other books in the series explicitly state that this is his regular job: While he may be the CIA's go-to guy for 007-type missions, ops like that are not done very often.
* The Alien Investigation and Removal Agency school in Gena Showalter's ''Literature/RedHanded''.
* A large part of the Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse novel ''[[Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineAStitchInTime A Stitch in Time]]'' is about Garak remembering his days in an elite school for future government officials, military officers, and [[StateSec Obsidian Order]] operatives. Guess which one he becomes, considering his father is the head of the Order. Much of the curriculum involves infiltration and hiding.
* Played with in ''Literature/BelisariusSeries''. There is no spy school as such. However the princess was trained by her body-guard and tutor in Indian, Ninja-like martial arts.
* ''Literature/TheQuestForKarla''. The Circus has a combination interrogation centre/training ground at Sarratt.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has the Assassins' Guild School, although it plays with the trope. Not all students actually become assassins; the school was where nobles sent their children on the principle that you had to think like an assassin if you wanted to avoid being killed by them, and then, because so many nobles were invested in it, it became the most prestigious school in Ankh-Morpork and now has graduates who "probably had a note from their mother saying they were excused from stabbing."
* ''Literature/EmilyTheStrangeStrangerAndStranger'': Not an official school, but Venus Fang Fang agrees to train Emily in covert operations.
* The Red Room in the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'' TieInNovel series, ''Literature/BlackWidow''.
* In ''Literature/TheInvisibleLibrary'', the first chapter opens with Irene cleaning the floors of a [[OneGenderSchool boy's boarding school]] that is implied to be this. She states that she doesn't think the students need any protection, as they are probably the most dangerous thing there. Since Irene is undercover as a servant in order to steal a book from that school, things get dangerous pretty soon. Irene also mentions that this school reminds her somewhat of the school she herself went to, and throughout the book it is hinted that the curriculum at her old school involved more self-defense than girls tend to be taught at regular schools.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Alias}}'': In the backstory, Sydney went to a training school run by the SD-6.
* ''Series/TheAmericans'': The Center, the KGBC origin of operations, operates at least one, teaching everything from combat to seduction. Turns out the administration also lets the teachers rape the students. And the students are coerced into sex with complete strangers as part of their seduction training. Both Philip and Elizabeth go through this, and are equally traumatized, though in different ways. Later Elizabeth starts homeschooling Paige with this in mind.
* ''Series/ISpy'': The Department has a training school on a military base in the San Francisco Bay Area, featured in the episodes "Anyplace I Hang Myself Is Home" and "Tag, You're It".
* Marcie Ross from the early ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Out of Mind, Out of Sight" gets sent to one of these by TheMenInBlack after she [[{{Invisibility}} turns invisible]] and goes AxeCrazy.
* Parodied on ''Series/{{Friends}}.'' When Sean Penn's character realizes he has been deceived: "There's no such thing as the top secret school for the children of spies!"
* ''Series/TheSandbaggers'' are trained at the "Field School."
* ''Series/TheManFromUncle'' went to the "Survival School."
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': Joel once claimed that all spies attend a special spy school, where they learn (among other things) [[BondOneLiner post-kill puns]].
* ''Series/{{Covert Affairs}}'' starts with the female protagonist being transferred from the training center known only as the Farm to the CIA earlier than her peers thanks to her linguistic skills. In another episode, she meets an experienced foreign operative who quickly figures out that she's too young and inexperienced to have completed full training and also deduces her skill in languages.
** In a later episode she goes back to training, officially to receive proper weapons training, but in reality because someone was leaking names of potential agents to foreign intelligence agencies.
* The BBC series ''Spy'' was a RealitySeries based on this trope.
* ''Series/MIHigh'' is about a spy school underneath a [[TheGoodOldBritishComp Good Old British Comp]].


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Assassin's Creed 2]]'', Desmond uses the Animus machine to relive his ancestor Ezio's training to be an assassin, and learn the same techniques himself through the "bleeding effect". Ezio, in turn, is trained in swordfighting by his uncle, inconspicuous travel from the courtesans, etc.
** It is stated that Desmond himself grew up in such a place and it was the training/lifestyle that caused him to leave in the first place (leading to the Templars finding him in the first game).
** ''Assassins Creed: Revelations'' has Desmond relive some of his childhood memories at the Farm.
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'''s headquarters features one of these, though it is rather abbreviated as compared to a proper training program. It also has the effect of starting with a drugged recruit awakening. [[JustifiedTutorial It primarily exists to serve as a tutorial]], [[spoiler: thought the same path will again be repeated in the final mission.]]


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The Institute's School in ''TabletopGame/AgeOfAquarius'' combines SpySchool and WizardingSchool. Justified, because this particular school trains TheMenInBlack.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Sara goes to one of these in ''Webcomic/ErrantStory''.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': Haley was shown to have been sent to a spy training school in her younger years. It is also implied that Steve was also in one.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The Farm: An alleged CIA training school at Camp Peary, Virginia, depicted in such works as Creator/TomClancy's books.
* SIS (aka MI6) has a school at Fort Monckton in Hampshire
* The British UsefulNotes/WorldWarII era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Operations_Executive Special Operations Executive]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYfXJwyuPd4 trained]] at a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_SOE_establishments variety of locations]], including Aston House, Wanborough Manor, Beaulieu in Hampshire, and the commando training at Arisaig in Scotland.
* [[MoscowCentre FSB Academy]] in Moscow.
* The National Intelligence University in the United States, which is run by the Department of Defense and provides a graduate education in intelligence collection. To be fair, most of their students are already employed as analysts by federal government agencies, but they also offer scholarships for non-government employees looking to work for U.S. intelligence agencies.
* Several schools have begun offering degree programs or concentrations in Intelligence and Security Studies, the goal of which is to familiarize students with the workings of intelligence analysis, typically with the goal of working for their country's diplomatic corps or spy agency.