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"First day of school! First day of school! Come on, get up, come on! First day of school!"
Nemo, Finding Nemo

Logically, everyone who has been to school has had a first day, and this is when that happens.

Sometimes, it's their first day at a particular school and they're a New Transfer Student, while other times, it's a young child and it's their absolute first day of school.

If it's a child, they may be nervous, or reluctant to go to school, but will generally learn An Aesop about how school is important and/or fun. They may not even want to leave afterwards.


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     Anime & Manga 

     Comic Books 
  • Steven Universe: Too Cool for School focuses on a story where Steven attends school with Connie. Note that, in the main series, Steven has always been homeschooled.
  • In Robin Tim's first day at Brentwood and then Louis E. Grieve Memorial high schools are shown where he's being shown around the campus by other students. The third time this looks like it's going to happen at John Wayne High in Bludhaven Tim leaves before his first day is up because he doesn't have the patience for his new classmate's ridiculous questions about the gang war his girlfriend died in, especially since his father was just murdered as well.

     Fan Works 

     Films: Animated 
  • Finding Nemo begins with a clownfish named Nemo having his first day of school and getting kidnapped by a scuba diver after he takes a dare to touch a boat.
  • Inside Out has Riley, an 11-year-old girl, switch schools after her move as a minor part of the plot.

     Films: Live-Action 

  • Adventure Annie Goes To Kindergarten, has a Badass Cape wearer's first day of school.
  • Ally-saurus & the First Day of School has a dinosaur-obsessed Cloudcuckoolander girl's first day of Kindergarten.
  • Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten, in which Amanda knows how her first day of kindergarten should go, but her expectations are thwarted at every turn.
  • Amelia Bedelia's First Day Of School; and yes, she's still as Literal-Minded as ever.
  • Barbie: My First Day At School has a little girl describing how she overcame her worries about starting preschool when she discovered that Barbie was her teacher and made a new friend.
  • The Bear With Sticky Paws Goes to School has a human girl attend a school for bears.
  • The Berenstain Bears Go To School, for Sister Bear.
  • A Big Day for Migs stars a Shrinking Violet mouse's first day of school.
  • Bob and Flo has two penguins' first day of preschool.
  • The Buttons Family: First Day at Playschool is this for a girl named Cherry.
  • Captain Freddy Counts Down to School involves a first day of school in space.
  • Charlie and Lola has "I Am Too Absolutely Small For School".
  • Chu's First Day Of School, starring the titular sneezing panda.
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog has "Clifford's First School Day", starring puppy Clifford.
  • Chrysanthemum has the titular character reaching school-age and becoming a target of Alpha Bitch Victoria's teasing because of her long name.
  • Countdown to Kindergarten.
  • Curious George's First Day Of School.
  • Dad's First Day, in which it's the father's first day of school.
  • The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten has the mother's first day of school.
  • In one of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, Manny has his first day at preschool and gets afraid because his classmates are in Halloween costumes.
  • Dilly The Dinosaur has two stories like this: In "Dilly Goes to School", Dilly starts school, and in "Dilly Goes to Big School", he moves to primary school.
  • Don't Eat the Teacher! has Sammy the shark's first day at school. As you can go by the title, you can guess what he almost does.
  • Edda: A Little Valkyrie's First Day of School.
  • Fancy Nancy: "JoJo's First Day Jitters".
  • First Day At Bug School.
  • First Day Jitters has Sarah Jane Hartwell being scared and being reluctant to start over at a new school.
  • The children's book First Week at Cow School focuses on a chicken named Daisy having trouble at her first day of school because, due to being the adopted daughter of a cow, she attended a school made just for cows.
  • First Graders From Mars Episode 1: Horus's Horrible Day has Horus adjusting to how First Grade no longer has the luxuries from Martiangarten.
  • Frankie Stein Starts School has the son of Frankenstein attend his first night of school, and unlike all the other kids, he isnít scary at all.
  • Franklin Goes To School has Franklin having all sorts of emotions to starting school.
  • Froggy Goes To School, starring the titular Adorkable frog boy.
  • Go to School, Little Monster (illustrated by Bonnie Leick), which has Little Monster going to school for the very first time.
  • Grover Goes to School, a book based on Sesame Street, focuses on Grover's first day of school.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone focuses on Harry Potter and several other children with magical abilities, including Draco Malfoy, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger being enrolled at a Wizarding School called Hogwarts.
  • Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? has a buffalo's first day at a human school.
  • Junie B. Jones:
    • "Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus" has Junie B.'s first day of kindergarten.
    • "Junie B., First Grader: At Last!" has Junie B.'s first day of Grade 1.
  • Kindergarten, Here I Come!, which starts from the first day and follows through a whole school year.
  • Kindergarten Rocks! has a boy named Dexter claiming his Companion Cube, Rufus, is the one scared instead.
  • The Kissing Hand has Chester Raccoon's first day.
  • Leo/Lola's Words Disappeared, which is about selective mutism.
  • Little Critter: First Day Of School is this for Little Critter.
  • The Little Princess book "I Don't Want to Go to School" focuses on the four-year-old princess's first day at school.
  • Llama Llama Misses Mama has the titular character's first day at Preschool.
  • Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! stars Henry's first day. There is a sequel book called First Grade, Here I Come!.
  • Maya/Milo, The Brave!: I Am Ready For School focusing on anxiety management.
  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten, for the teacher and her 26 students.
  • Miss Mingo and the First Day of School has the titular flamingo teacher's and her students' first day of Kindergarten.
  • Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten! has a boy's mother undergoing the separation anxiety instead.
  • Mondays at Monster School has Fred and Ted's first day.
  • Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten, from the author behind Arthur, has Monkey preparing for the first day the week before.
  • The Muppet Babies book I Can Go to Preschool focuses on Kermit's first day of preschool. Baby Piggy Goes to Nursery School focuses on Miss Piggy's.
  • My First Day follows a bear cub's perspective on the first day of Kindergarten.
  • My First Day of School (by P.K. Hallinan)
  • My Kindergarten, which starts from the first day and follows through a whole school year.
  • The Night Before series has ...Preschool, ...Kindergarten, and ...First Grade.
  • Noni Is Nervous stars a little girl overcoming her first day of school jitters.
  • Not This Bear has Bear's first day of school.
  • Oliver and Amanda:
    • "Amanda Pig, Schoolgirl" has Amanda's first day of Kindergarten.
    • "Amanda Pig, First Grader" has the titular character's first day of Grade 1.
  • On The Way To Kindergarten combines this with a variation of a Coming-of-Age Story.
  • Pete the Cat, Rocking in My School Shoes combines this trope with Musical Episode.
  • The first Planet Kindergarten book, which explores a school in space.
  • The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School has the aforementioned Pout-Pout Fish's first day of Kinderguppy.
  • Ready For Kindergarten, Stinky Face? features a Cloudcuckoolander getting ready for his first day.
  • Schoolies: My First Day At School.
  • School's First Day of School, in which the first day takes place from the actual building's POV.
  • Sea Monster's First Day has sea monster Ernest starting his first day of school.
  • Timothy Goes to School: For the titular raccoon.
  • Wemberly Worried has the titular character's first day of Kindergarten.
  • We Share Everything! by Robert Munsch, starring Amanda and Jeremiah's first day of Kindergarten.
  • Wiggles' First Day at School has a dog attend a human Kindergarten class.

     Live-Action TV 
  • Bear in the Big Blue House: The episode "First Day at Mouse School" focuses on Tutter's first day of school.
  • Sesame Street:
    • One episode had Cookie Monster's first day of school, with Kermit interviewing him about how he feels.
    • One episode focused on Abby Cadabby the three-year-old fairy attending a school with a bunch of fairy-tale characters. In a later episode, Baby Bear started attending the same school.
    • In one episode, Elmo had his first day at preschool.
  • The first episode of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide focuses on this by introducing most of the characters, Moze attempting to take an elective away from Ned and Cookie to make more girl friends while Ned tries to thwart her attempts, and Cookie nearly overheating himself due to him wearing a large winter coat in the summer.


     Video Games 
  • In the Moshi Monsters mission "Super Moshiversity Challenge", Elder Furi sends the Super Moshis to university to learn various trivia. However, due to the absence of a headmaster, they only last three days.

     Web Original 
  • Fowl Language: First Day Of School.
  • The Most Popular Girls in School: Episode 60 has Brittnay's first day after transferring to Meadow Lane Elementary (she was actually expelled from her previous school) in the Third Grade.
  • The official website for Sesame Street had a game featuring Elmo's first day of preschool. He also gets read a book about a young fish called Henry having his first day of school.
  • Smosh Babies:
    • The first episode of the series, "The Rise of the Bread Head" focuses on Ian's first day at Mrs. Buttz's daycare, wherein Anthony forces him to get his Froggy doll from the playground, which is guarded by Lenny, Bruce, and Melvin, a trio of three-year-old bullies.
    • In the season 4 premiere, "The Honey Dew Balls", the cast start attending Uncle Joe's Kindergarten. During Ian's first day of kindergarten, his diaper gets ripped off by his mom's car door and he has to deal with being naked from the waist down.

     Western Animation 
  • The Busy World of Richard Scarry has "Sally's First Day at School".
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood has "Daniel Visits School" (before the actual day happens), and "Daniel Goes to School" (where the day actually happens).
  • Franklin has "Franklin Goes to School", based off the book with the same name.
  • The first episode of Milly Molly, entitled "Monday", is set about two years before the events of the rest of the series and focuses on the children's first day of school and the beginning of Milly and Molly's friendship.
  • A flashback in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" tells about Twilight's first day at Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns.
  • The Nina Needs to Go episode "To Preschool", Nina has her first day at preschool.
  • Rugrats had a few First Day of Daycare Episodes.
    • In "The Big House", Tommy gets dropped off at a daycare which nobody likes due to it being very strict. He meets a few toddlers who have been there before, all of whom have nicknames.
    • In "Dayscare", Chuckie and Kimi get dropped off at a daycare and Chuckie is nervous, due to mishearing "daycare" as "day-scare".
    • In "Educating Angelica", Angelica starts preschool and has to learn how to share.
    • In "Preschool Daze", Angelica goes to a new preschool and gets into competition with Susie.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Lisa's Sax", a Flash Back shows the Simpson kids' first days at Springfield Elementary.
    • In "Bart the Genius", Bart is mistaken for a genius and transferred to a new school, his first day there taking up one scene.
  • Spot the Dog has "Spot Goes To School''.
  • Timothy Goes to School:
    • "Timothy Goes To School", based off of the book with same name.
    • "Mama, Don't Go!" is this for newcomer Juanita.