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- Mx0: After failing to sneak into (unknown to him) a secret Wizarding School, Taiga gets dragged though the school's barrier by a teacher mistaking him for a student trying to sneak out. A sequence of unlikely events establishes him as a genius mage when he actually has no power at all—a reputation he is forced to uphold thereafter.
- Rosario + Vampire: Tsukune accidentally gets accepted to All-Ghouls School in Another Dimension and faces the death penalty for spying if discovered. Turns out the Big Bad of the second major arc is himself a former human who ended up at Youkai Academy under the same circumstances. And in both cases, their acceptance to the school wasn't an accident at all.
- Animal Academy Hakobune Hakusho: A Book Dumb girl is mistakenly accepted to a school for animal shapeshifters and begs her way in (still not knowing what the school was) when the head faculty see that she's human because no other school will take her. The other students believe she's a cat, because her given name is—quite conveniently (and probably why she was first accepted)—Neko.
- Kanokon is a borderline case, since the school is dedicated to rehabilitate youkai who have trouble integrating into human society, but at least some unwitting humans attend as well to provide an incentive to be more stealthy about their true natures.
- Hollow Fields: Lucy Snow is a fairly ordinary child in a school for the children of mad scientists.
- Afterschool Charisma: Shiro's the only non-clone in a school for clones. Or Is He?
- Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: Nami Hitou, the normal girl in a Dysfunction Junction class.
- Ironically, she develops a complex about it, making her Not So Above It All.
- Ouran High School Host Club is a non-supernatural example: Haruhi is a working-class girl at a school for the comically rich.
- And unusual in that as the story starts, she's already attending and has blended in so well that nobody's really noticed her yet.
- Pokémon: Jessie apparently attended one of these prior to joining Team Rocket - she wanted to become a Pokémon nurse, but somehow wound up at a school training Chanseys as medical assistants.
- Angela, the protagonist of The Underburbs and her admirer, George, for entirely different reasons. (Angela has actually gotten turned into a witch by the time she enrolls a short time before.)
- The strip Strange Hill in The Beezer was a variation—an ordinary teacher stuck in a horror-themed school. On one occasion he was delighted when an apparently normal boy joined his class, but he turned out to be a Mad Scientist.
- In All-Ghouls School, Becca Norman is suspended for cheating at her old school. Her only chance to pass is to attend summer school at the Darkmoor Academy boarding school. What she does not know is that darkmoor is an All-Ghouls School and her attendence there has been carefully orchestrated.
- Tyler Marlocke of PS238 — normal, unpowered child in a school for superkids. He doesn't pretend to be anything else, but between the fact that both his parents are legendary superheroes and the school being a constant Weirdness Magnet, he has no choice but to become an Action Survivor in order to, well, survive. Currently in training to become Badass Normal.
- Detentionaire fan fic "Stranger in a Strange School" uses this exact trope as a title but for the most part it has to do with the main character, an OC, being a new student at A. Nigma.
- The Mysterious School, as its name suggests, is all about four students who get accepted into a school... for people with magic.
- The entire plot of Vampire High is that Cody, as a newcomer to a small town in Massachusetts, is one of the few people unaware that there are vampires living there as well. As a result, he has no idea that the high school he attends is primarily intended for vampires (there are a few humans, but all are there through necessity and not choice).
- Inverted in HOWL High - the protagonist is a half-warlock who attends a high school dedicated to Hollywood horror effects. Also played with in that the "normals" attending the school with him are weird enough to shake a guy with actual monsters in his family.
Live Action TV
- The Other Kingdom takes the usual setup and flips the players: The protagonist, Astral, is a young fairy girl who attends a regular human school.
- The heroine of Hatoful Boyfriend is a human teenager attending a prestigious private high school for birds. Going by the official manga, it's also a boys' school. Added to that is the fact that she is a hunter-gatherer who lives in a cave.
- A-san of Overlord Academy is an accidentally transferred into the titular school. He's an oboist.
- Graham in Wizard School is a rich, drunken jerk who replaces the "Chosen One" at a school for wizards.
- Cameron of Zoophobia is the Zoo-Phoenix Academy's new guidance counsellor, and happens to be the only fully human staff member.
- The Pink Girl in the appropriately named Strange School.
- My Gym Partner's a Monkey is about a human boy accidentally sent to an animal school.
- An episode plays with this where a monkey is sent to a plant school.
- Mini Monsters (aka Camp Mini-Mon) had two normal kids accidentally be sent to a Summer Camp for Movie Monsters' (Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, etc.) kids.
- Similarly, Gravedale High featured Rick Moranis as the only human teacher at an All-Ghouls School.
- In The Magic School Bus, Phoebe seems to be this trope. Her Catch Phrase is "This never happened at my old school!" while several of the other kids seem much more accustomed to the strange things Ms. Frizzle does.
- Eventually, Phoebe does seem to acclimate to the strangeness and finds her own niche, leading to the addition of Arnold's cousin Janet to the show as the new outsider.
- Galaxy High is about two normal teenagers who become the first Earthling students at the eponymous school for aliens.
- Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School is a Scooby Doo movie about Scooby, Shaggy, and Scrappy becoming teachers at an Extranormal Institute full of Cute Monster Girls. They are the only human staff members... well, Shaggy is.
- Over the Garden Wall has an episode where Wirt, Gregory, and Beatrice run into a schoolhouse of well-dressed animals.