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[[caption-width-right:350:A school made of flying bricks for {{Flying Brick}}s.]]

It's like a normal school. Drab classrooms with blackboards, hallways with lockers -- and a danger room. Maybe even a hidden hangar.

This is SuperheroSchool, where young superhumans go to learn about their powers and how to use them for good. A subtrope of ExtranormalInstitute, where it's often not the place that's unusual, but the students. And sometimes the faculty.

Often inverted by introducing a [[AcademyOfEvil super]]''[[AcademyOfEvil villain]]'' [[AcademyOfEvil school.]]

Maybe we can excuse it for possibly being an ElaborateUniversityHigh. Often has DangerRoomColdOpen scenes. {{Badass Teacher}}s are a given.

Compare with AcademyOfAdventure, WizardingSchool, NinjaSchool, HeroAcademy, and AllGhoulsSchool. A dark take on this trope can turn it into a SchoolForScheming.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* To an extent, Duel Academia in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' -- at least, it was designed specifically to train duelists strong enough to defend [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique three dangerous forbidden cards]] from falling into the wrong hands, and it's a WeirdnessMagnet for kids with the power to communicate with spirits from another world.
* Academy City in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' is dedicated to the study and development of psychic powers, with students who have undergone the development program comprising the vast majority of the population.
* The eponymous school in ''Manga/AliceAcademy''. While the "hero" part is debatable, it's a school for people with powers, most of which easily qualify as "super".
* The Death Weapon Meister Academy in ''Manga/SoulEater'' is a school where [[ShapeshifterWeapon shapeshifter weapons]] and those who wield them train to fight evil. Missions are part of their schoolwork.
* One main setting for ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' is the Hero Academy named U.A. This is where the main character learns to fight villains and train 'n stuff. It's really similar to the DWMA from Soul Eater. There are also others out there, but U.A. is the most prestigious of them all.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has The Hero Academy where young NEXT (what the series calls individuals who develop superpowers) can learn how to use their abilities and become {{Corporate Sponsored Super Hero}}es. Although notably attending is not a mandatory requirement to becoming a hero, and of the two title characters, only one is a graduate. It's implied the academy wasn't even around yet when the other title character first started in the hero business. Also many of the students have abilities that are more in line with BlessedWithSuck or would not be flashy enough to pique the interest of a sponsor company.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* The TropeMaker is Professor Charles Xavier's school in ''Comicbook/XMen''. Depending on the continuity, Comicbook/EmmaFrost's school, the [[ComicBook/GenerationX Massachusetts Academy]], may count as a supervillain school if she is Xavier's foe.
** In fact, the Xavier Academy jumped around a bit between being a SuperheroSchool, and a superhero base which happened to be disguised as a school, largely because, until Comicbook/KittyPryde joined the Creator/ChrisClaremont "all-new all-different" X-Men's ages ranged from the 20s onwards, with none of them even of college age. The [[Film/XMenFilmSeries films]] cemented the concept in people's minds by depicting the X-Men as teachers of a large non-superhero student body, and the {{Comic Book}}s [[RetCanon followed suit]]. Xavier's school now has a lot of non-superhero mutants of all ages, learning to control their powers as well as reading, writing, and 'rithmetic. A few of them 'graduate' to X-Men status. There's also a relatively new X-comic focusing on the students (of course, trouble seems to find ''them'') that's pretty much a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Generation X'' and ''ComicBook/NewMutants.'' Its title changes a lot, though.
*** It got to the point where Xavier's 'school' was so chock-full of adult superheroes that they changed the name from Xavier's School for Gifted Youngers to the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, making it a superhero ''college'', and opened a franchise with the formerly evil rival Massachusetts Academy for ''ComicBook/GenerationX''.
*** Played straighter with the ''original'' (pre-Wolverine) X-Men, who were of high school age at the time the group was formed.
** The fallout of the Schism storyline has Wolverine establishing the Jean Grey Institute for Higher Learning, largely featuring students from the now-defunct Xavier Institute
*** Meanwhile, the fallout of ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' has a rogue ComicBook/Cyclops, Emma Frost, and ComicBook/{{Magneto}} running the "New Charles Xavier School for Mutants". While unlike any previous incarnation its existence is secret and it doesn't present itself as a real private school (Cyclops and his team being outlaws and all), there ''are'' classrooms and the senior members do teach newly manifested mutants.
* [[ShoutOut Shuster Academy]] from ''Sidekicks''.
* ''ComicBook/PS238'' -- a superhero ''public'' school.
** And the Praetorian Academy, [=PS238=]'s rival which is heavily troped to be a supervillain school: you've got your Evil Headmaster, your Military Discipline, your Faceless Minion Masks, your overly-militaristic student codenames, and of course the overwhelming arrogance that they are far superior to their rival school.
*** Also, [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat they cheat at soccer.]]
*** [[spoiler:Which is eventually subverted; the discipline and the minion masks, as it turns out, is not to create supervillains; it's because the headmaster uses them as methods to instill order and curtail what he views as tendencies towards becoming "uncontrolled" metahumans. [[UnreliableExpositor Or so he says]]. He's a former US Senator with a strong anti-metahuman bias who got bonded to an experimental AI. Who knows just how sane he is anymore.]]
* The ComicBook/PhantomLady became dean of Université Notre Dame des Ombres which is a French women's superhero boarding school. Or possibly villains school. It's a little unclear.
* The manga-inspired French comic book ''Manga/SentaiSchool''.
* The Legion Academy from [[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} The Legion Of Super-Heroes]].
* The comic ''ComicBook/NecessaryEvil'' has the eponymous Supervillan School. They've also implied the existence of a good counterpart.
* ComicBook/TheAvengers' ''[[ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative Initiative]]'' program is somewhat like this, but blurs the line heavily between "school" and "boot camp." Not many other examples listed here take young teens and put sniper rifles in their hands...
** Initiative's successor ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'' is a more traditional example, except [[spoiler:it's more about training kids so they ''wouldn't'' become supervillains]].
** In a later arc, they moved the Academy to the old West Coast Avengers compound and added a bunch of other teen heroes as students.
** ''Comicbook/AvengersArena'' later introduced Comicbook/CaptainBritain's Braddock Academy, the Avengers Academy's TransAtlanticEquivalent.
** ''Comicbook/{{Infinity}}: The Hunt'' then introduced several other international schools for superheroes (or villains): The Wakandan School for Alternative Studies, the Latverian School of Science and the Pan-Asian School for the Unusually Gifted.
* The Comicbook/FantasticFour have the [[Comicbook/{{FF}} Future Foundation]].
* ''ComicBook/HeroCamp'' is sort of like this, but, you know, summer camp instead of an actual school.
* The Seminary in ''ComicBook/TheIntimates'', where powered teens are sent by their stage parents to develop skills they wish they didn't have. Courses include Secret Identities (taught by an obvious analogue of Superman, right down to the glasses) and Morality (the instructor of which had over 32 confirmed kills in UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}}).
* The mini-series ''Grounded'' follows the only normal kid in the school for superpowered teens. In this case he's the odd one out for wanting to be a hero, in spite of his powerlessness; the other kids might be the children of superheroes and have abilities of their own, but in general they aren't interested in running off to try and save the world once they've graduated - most of them want to use their powers in the most self-serving way possible, and three in particular want to be villains!
* ''ComicBook/PrideHigh'' has this as its core premise: a gay/straight alliance at a superhero high school.
* The French comic ''ComicBook/FreaksSqueele'' revolves around the students' life in a university for heroes, specialized in (pretty lame) bad guys and villains.
* ''ComicBook/Marvel2099'' had a Superhero ''Orphanage'': the Xavier Shelter for Indigent Children in ''X-Nation 2099''. Run by a group of [[ChurchMilitant warrior nuns]] called Sister Nicholas and the Howlin' Commandments.
* ''Super School'' a comic strip which feature in the Britsh comic ''ComicBook/TheBeano''. In this strip the idea of a superhero school is PlayedForLaughs. Extra points for the strip's title is almost the name of this trope.
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', this is how Sophie learned to control her powers: she was coached by Plymouth, an ex-hero, along with a stack of 'How To' books.
* Liberty Vocational, in Naomi Novik's ''Will Supervillains Be On The Final'' series, offers classes ranging from designing costumes to discussing the ethics of superhero-dom.
* ''Gladstone's School for World Conquerors'' by Mark Andrew Smith and Armand Villavert, a comic series published by Image Comics in 2011 and collected as a graphic novel in 2012. Though this series also arguably fits in the ''Academy of Evil'' category, there are (spoiler) reasons why it also belongs here.
* The titular institute in ''ComicBook/TheUmbrellaAcademy'', though its seven students are never shown in a classroom or studying.
* The last pre-Rebirth ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' arc has Kara attending one of these -Crucible Academy-, with heroes from all across the galaxy both new and some which had not been seen on DC titles for some time now (like the New 52 version of Maxima).

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* The eponymous academy in ''Fanfic/SlayerAcademy'', a virtual series spin-off of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', was built with the purpose of training all the new Slayers in the use of their abilities.

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': This is the only entry in the First Class trilogy where we get to see a fully operational Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Since mutants aren't hiding from humans in the AlternateTimeline after 1973, the [[http://collider.com/x-men-apocalypse-news-things-to-know/ school's enrollment is much greater than what we saw in the original trilogy,]] plus there is generally less angst among the youngsters due to society being more accepting of them (relatively speaking).
* Disney's ''Film/SkyHigh2005'', an almost platonic ideal of the trope, with retired superheroes as disgruntled teachers and a bunch of wannabe students, mostly the children of famous superheroes.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels introduced the Jedi Academy.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' has Camp Half-Blood, a combination summer camp, training ground, and haven for demigods.
** ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' introduces Camp Jupiter, which is much the same.
* In the ''My Brother Blubb'' book series, both a superhero school ''and'' a supervillain school are featured.
* Inverted by Catherine Jenks' ''Literature/EvilGenius'' series.
* The ''Literature/HIVESeries'' focuses on a school for supervillains.
* In ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool'', Drearcliff Grange is a 1930s girls' school which takes "talented" students. Combined with BoardingSchoolOfHorrors for a parody of Girls' School stories of the period. (Incidentally, the headmistress makes it clear that she doesn't much care if one of her girls becomes a super''villain'' instead of a super''hero'', just so long as she makes use of her talent and doesn't settle for being mundane.)
* The very straightforwardly titled ''Superhero School'', an illustrated book for kids by Aaron Reynolds and Andy Rash, published in 2009 by Bloomsbury. Leonard is the only kid on his block who can knock a baseball into orbit or clobber the occasional, rampaging lava monster, so he's not surprised when his parents switch him to superhero school. When he gets there, though, he's disappointed that his teacher, Mr. Blue Tornado, is much more interested in teaching fractions and multiplication than techniques for catching runaway trains or fighting space octopi.
* The Estate in ''Literature/TheRook'' trains students to use their supernatural powers.
%% * ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight''.
* Kitty Burrows' ''Literature/ThePosterchildren'' deals with a large group of characters connected to a school for mutants. The main book focuses on a group of students, but there are also stories focusing on parents, alumni, teachers, and people with even more tenuous connections. Wonderful if you prefer character and relationship driven stories over action.
* ''Literature/{{Citadel}}'' by Unillustrated has, well, the Citadel. A government program where super powered people, Empowered, are trained to be Operatives. Closer to SWAT teams than typical superheroes.
* ''Literature/TheLastSuperhero'' has The University of The Phoenix, [[spoiler:which is secretly also an AcademyOfEvil, training villains to oppose its superhero graduates]].
* ''Literature/SuperPowereds'' has five universities in the US that offer the Hero Certification Program for Supers, who wish to become fully-licensed Heroes. The tetralogy is focused on the HCP at Lander University (Lander, CA), although the others are mentioned in spin-offs and on the author's website: Korman University (BigApplesauce), Sizemore Tech (Chicago), West Private University (Orlando), and Overton University (Overton, TX). Other countries have varying means of certifying Supers for Hero work, and there are no international agreements to allow Heroes to operate internationally. HCP involves TrainingFromHell in order to weed out the merely willing from the willing and able. Hundreds of Supers apply each year, only scores are accepted into each school's HCP, only to either quit or be cut from the program. It's possible for those, who haven't made the cut for next year to re-apply, competing with students from the year behind them for spots. Each school graduates only ten Heroes per year. Besides regular (non-Super) classes, HCP students also have several hours of exhausting gym each day to prepare their bodies and to hone their fighting skills. Additionally, as the HCP students advance in years, their classes grow more specialized based on their abilities and powers. Also, while in in the program, students are required to keep the fact that they're in the HCP (or even that they're Supers) a secret from everyone outside the program, which means they can't use their powers in public or attract unwanted attention. HCP facilities are typically located underground, away from prying eyes, with elevators leading to it from dorms with HCP students. During graduation, each new Hero wears a ceremonial white cape. Also, this is where they register their new Hero names (names have to be unique, except in case of legacy names, but those require permission from the original). After that, recent graduates are required to undergo a two-year internship under an experienced Hero.
* The New Human Institute in ''Literature/TheNewHumans'', a school/care home for superhuman children in Australia.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' has a school set up to take in young returnees who may not be welcome in regular schools. Owing to genetic meddling, several of these children had abilities like precognition and electrical manipulation.
* ''ComicBook/GenerationX'' got its own made-for-TV movie in 1996.
* ''{{Series/Heroes}}'' has Tracy setting up one of these in a graphic novel.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has the Time Lord Academy.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* The primary setting, Freedom City, for the TabletopRPG ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' has at least one of these. It was called the Claremont Academy as a blatant ShoutOut to writer X-Men Creator/ChrisClaremont.
* Ravenswood Academy from the ''[[TabletopGame/{{Champions}} Teen Champions]]'' sourcebook.
* The Tomorrow Academy in ''TabletopGame/HaltEvilDoer!'' for ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds''.
* ''TabletopGame/VillainsAndVigilantes'' had an introductory adventure, ''Crisis at Crusader Citadel,'' where the players have to temporarily stand in for the eponymous hero team. The latest version of the game explains in its background section the Crusaders are still around but have retired from fighting crime to run one of these.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Avengers Academy}}'' is a free-to-play mobile game that brings back Marvel's popular icons mysteriously [[YoungerAndHipper de-aged]] into young heroes where they deal with periodic invasions, [[AcademyOfEvil villainous rival schools]], and awkward dates.
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' has Camp Whispering Rock, a summer camp for kids with PsychicPowers that functions similarly to this trope.
* This is the hook behind the Skeelz gang in ''VideoGame/UrbanRivals'', being literally a private academy for burgeoning superhumans and comprising of students and faculty out for blood against punks stepping to their turf.
* ''Spandex Force 2: Superhero U'' is a parody of the trope.
* ''VideoGame/CommunityCollegeHero'' has you attending a school for wannabe heroes.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
%%* ''Webcomic/BadGuyHigh''
* Subverted in the webcomic ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', where Summer Mighty attends a normal high school. WordOfGod has it that there is an after-school program for superhumans.
* In the WebComic ''Webcomic/EvilInc.'', the eponymous corporation of supervillains started with an evil daycare center for employees' kids, and has recently moved up to an evil education program.
* ''WebComic/TheHeroesOfCrash'' were knockout gas and grappling hooks are considered school supplies
* The {{webcomic}} ''Webcomic/{{Magellan}}'', which focuses on the special challenges of an aspiring BadassNormal.
* The {{webcomic}} ''Webcomic/{{Mallville Rules}}'', which is a parody of the traditional super hero high school. It focuses on a normal kid and his idiot friends.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sidekicks}}'' all supublics are sent to Justice College the moment their superpower manifests. Those who don't are labelled villains.
* ''WebComic/SpecialSchool'' Which is actually a special class for super-powered students, but held in a normal school.
* The eponymous school of ''Webcomic/OverlordAcademy'' is a school for supervillains.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pulse}}'' a city is built in the Great Lakes near Michigan to hide a underground Government complex meant to train superhumans.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* ''Roleplay/FreedomCityPlayByPost'' maintains one of these, that continuity's version of the Claremont Academy mentioned above under ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds''. Claremont, a friendly place in a friendly city, is run by Duncan Summers, the local {{Expy}} of the Neal Adams-era Batman, with the standard tropes of the SuperheroSchool genre. Only makes occasional use of [[CanonSue canon]] characters, as of course they're all [=NPCs=]. Is somewhat more realistic than some super-schools in that [[TykeBomb kiddie supervillians]] get counseling.
* The WebOriginal fiction series [[Literature/WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]] is built around this trope. In this [[TheVerse universe]], [[PubertySuperpower mutant traits manifest around fourteen years of age]] (often even if [[CompulsorySchoolAge starting out older]]), so mutants from all over the world go to high school at [[ShoutOut Whateley]] Academy in [[Literature/TheDunwichHorror Dunwich]], New Hampshire. There is a danger room equivalent or two, martial arts, magic arts, and psychic arts classes, and curricula ranging from normal high school stuff all the way to 'workshop' courses that teach young mad scientists how to make power armor and killer robots. Elective / specialist classes include Costume Shop, Intro to Flight, Psychic Ethics...
** However, school administration insists that under the Whateley Charter they are an AcademyOfAdventure instead of a Superhero School. Whateley is ''strictly neutral'', accepts any and all mutants, good, evil or neutral; powerful, weak, or [[CosmicHorror Class X]], and is protected and funded by several groups of heroes, villains, and "superneutrals" to provide a safe location for superpowered children to grow up. The headmistress (a retired heroine of some renown) has had to remind several groups (especially the protagonists) of this fact repeatedly. This treaty [[TruceZone also forbids any faction to attack any other faction on the Whateley campus]] on pain of all Charter signatories going EnemyMine on the perpetrator. Parent-teacher conference day must be quite an experience for all concerned...
*** Later developments reveal that many of Whateley's faculty are former villains and heroes who wanted to retire from "the Biz" and there's an unofficial agreement that the headmaster and assistant headmaster come from opposite sides to ensure balance: If the headmaster is a hero, then the assistant must be a villain, and vice-versa. Faculty and Staff conferences must be even more interesting than parent-teacher conferences.
* The Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse features two such schools: the Hyperion Academy is located in New York State and resembles a Ivy-League-prep school more than anything else. The Venture Institute in Minnesota outside the Twin Cities, and more resembles ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' than anything else. The latter is specifically designed for superpowered teens who can't maintain a secret identity for whatever reason.
* The web serial ''Literature/TheDescendants'' is packed to the gills with these; from the now-defunct Psionics Training and Application Academy run by the BigBad, to the Liedecker Institute currently being run by the heroes in unknowing cooperation with the local AntiVillain. There are at least three other schools mentioned so far as well.
* Inverted in the web video, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyi0qEvB03A Reunion]]'': Music/DoctorSteel calls up fellow mad scientist WebVideo/AgamemnonTiberiusVacuum and invites him to the 10th annual Mad Scientist's reunion - implying that they attended some Mad Scientist school together in the past.
* ''WebOriginal/AcademyOfSuperheroes'': ''Academy'' is the origin story of most of the ASH and STRAFE characters. It is set at the eponymous Academy of Superheroes.
* In ''Literature/{{Phaeton}}'' one of the buildings in the Orphanage doubles as this. Though the main characters do not generally go there.
* ''[[WebVideo/SuperAcademy Super Academy]]'' is, as the title suggests, centered around one of these.
* ''WebAnimation/DCSuperheroGirls'' is set in a superhero themed high school. Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} have long since graduated however a large number of DC heroes -Franchise/WonderWoman, ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}''-, and some villains -Harley Queen, Poison Ivy-, currently attend it.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Dimmsdale Elementary briefly becomes one thanks to Timmy's wishing.
* The cartoon ''WesternAnimation/HeroHigh''.
* The Spanish cartoon '''WesternAnimation/HeroKids'', heavily inspired by the ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' in addition to this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'' is a variant. Feature a school for superhero's sidekick.
* The {{SHIELD}} Academy in later episodes of ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan: Web Warriors''.
* The Xavier Institute also features in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' in its role as a SuperheroSchool; however, the X-Men also attend regular school at Bayville High. How the kids going to ''two'' schools is explained to parents and such who don't know what Xavier's really is is never addressed. For the first two seasons it's the usual high school antics complicated by keeping their powers a secret while season three focuses on what happens when the {{Masquerade}} breaks and the other students find out their secret.
** At the Institute, they learn power control, at school they just have normal school. The Institute teaches them how to use their powers and fit in.
* ''WebAnimation/DCSuperHeroGirls'' has Super Hero High, with the obligatory hijinks of its titular heroines (and {{antihero}}ines and {{antivillain}}esses).