Real-world schools can lack character. These don’t.

1. Pacific Coast Academy (Zoey 101)

Get this people: Zoey 101‘s Pacific Coast Academy is a REAL school. Well, sort of. The hit Nick show was shot at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Ca., but mostly all of the interior shots were filmed on sets and sound stages. Either way, PCA is a dream school for teens and preteens. It’s modern, colorful, and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. It sports a movie theatre, a Japanese restaurant, and coffee carts. The pilot episode of the show even revealed that it had some of the best teachers in the country, if you’re into that sort of thing.


2. Bayside High School (Saved by the Bell)

The modern era is cool and all, but sometimes I wish I could go back 30 years and rock outfits like Zack Morris and A.C. Slater did on the hit Saturday morning series Saved by the Bell. This school had your stereotypical everything, from the jocks, to the nerds, to the spoiled rich kids. Just let me be the seventh member of the gang and wear a pair of high-waisted pants and I’ll be good.


3. Degrassi Community School (Degrassi: The Next Generation)

The Degrassi Community School was a melting pot. It was home to five different grades and students from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds, reflecting the demographic of real-world Toronto. Give me a locker next to Jimmy Brooks and make sure I graduate before season 10 when the school instituted color-coded uniforms for each grade. No thanks.


4. Mrs. Puff’s Boating School (SpongeBob SquarePants)

If anyone knows how to drive a boat, it’s Mrs. Puff. I’d also like to think I’d be better at it then SpongeBob, who failed the exam in a miserable fashion two days in a row.


5. William McKinley High (Freaks and Geeks, Glee)

Technically a two-for-one, William McKinley High was home for many big television stars, including Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segal, Matthew Morrison, Lea Michelle, Naya Rivera, and more. Being a student at William McKinley would be quite the ride. Between hanging with troubled slackers, and competing with eclectic misfits on the choir circuit, I’m not quite sure I’d get any work done.


6. Riverdale High School (Riverdale)

I’ll admit, I would be hesitant to enroll in Riverdale High School. As a student, you’d probably be required to have perfect hair, spotless skin, and a knack for uncovering sinister plots and other dark happenings. I’d be lucky to check off just one of those boxes, but I’d still be interested in sporting the blue and gold and booing Central High School.


7. Hawkins Middle School (Stranger Things)

Hawkins Middle School is another institution I’d hesitate to join, but I’d probably give it a shot for the chance to battle supernatural beings with Mike, Will, Dustin, and Lucas. Also, I have experience biking with someone on my pegs, so I like to think I’d be an asset. When I’m not peddling away from danger, I’d enjoy time in the AV room with Mr. Clarke or give dancing a shot at the Snow Ball.


8. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy (Harry Potter)

Hogwarts is a British marvel. Although quite scary at times, it’s a jumble of towering castles created and supported by magic. As a student at this mythical school, I could start every day with breakfast in the Great Hall, a cafeteria that is second to none here in real life. I could take so many unique courses not presently offered at American universities, including Potions, Transfiguration, Muggle Studies, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. If anyone has seen these offered here in the real world, please contact me.


9. North Shore High School (Mean Girls)

Actually, scratch this one. Too many cliques, too many plastics, and one too many burn books.