Education in the fictional world???

How do school and academic institutions work in your world?
Are they similar to your nation’s schools or not?
What is the education/school system like in your fictional world?
Are teachers paid pretty well or underpaid?
What is school life like for the student depending on the grade?
What are grades like and the grading system?
What is school like for a rich person or a poor person?
Did your main character finish school or are they still attending school?
What are the school subject like? What is your character majoring in or want to major in?
How is the school day mapped out for the students?
Are there things like cliques and bullying and other school related issues that you could also find in the real world?
How many days does your student attend school?

Anything else you can tell me.
(NOTE: This is mainly for fictional schools in fictional world. I am curious to know your worldbuilding skills.)

I shall return with a few more questions.
Edit: I am done with the questions. LOL!

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The only school I have in any of my Elgana stories is police academy. Scotch, with his buddy Mason, leave their village life behind to attend the school in the city. Well, it’s a remote part of the city, but they still get hated on for being from the villages. And yes, despite being 18 and older, there are bullies.

I don’t go into detail-detail about the school. Since it’s focused on policing, the students learn everything that have to do with that. It’s a three to four year program. The last year and a half is more or less the student already being in the field and working. Scotch, as a freshman, still has to learn subjects especially about criminal laws and such, also he has to do pilot training with simulations, lots of physical exercise. They also do situational learning, where the students watch a clip of some robbery happening and are asked what the best actions to take are. There’s also combat training.

They also learn to shoot, but freshman aren’t given official clearance to use a gun without teacher supervision and they don’t get to keep a gun with them. If they have guns, the guns are taken away. Can’t have eager-eyed freshman shooting people by mistake. However, the law on weapons is loose in this world, so, some students might have hidden guns in their bags.

However, however :stuck_out_tongue: Guns aren’t a popular choice of weapon. Most citizens are taught swordsmanship or combat in some form. Guns came with Humans, so Humans are the ones that use it the most. But policecitizens learn everything. Just in case.


Well, it’s either on this earth (so, same) or it’s pre-industrial, which means a lot of uneducated masses or private tutoring, elite schools and apprenticeships.


@J.L.O and @TheTigerWriter: Did I ask a bunch of ridiculous questions because it feels like I did?

I am only saying this due to the fact that this is school related and is involving a fictional world.
Maybe it is too much worldbuilding related or something.

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Not necessarily. Just tired and got out of a hot shower after inhaling hair dye fumes for half an hour, so I didn’t notice that there were a ton more questions than the gyst I gave.


Oh, I see.

I was wondering if this was too thought-provoking for some people, since not everyone does worldbuilding in their stories. LOL!

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I just don’t have the answers, so I gave you what I have :stuck_out_tongue: I only do as much world building as I need to tell the story.

I do know some people in Facebook writing groups that have magical schools with entire curriculums thought up. So, there are people that do. Just not me :stuck_out_tongue:


I understand.



Everyone does some level of world-building, even if its not fantasy. It’s just that there are like…spectrums, or levels, I guess, of world-building. Some go into great, great detail. Others throw things together and hope for the best. Some, like me, might only world-build as much as is needed during a particular scene or story.


Ah, alright. Sorry if my earlier comment came off as rude or something.


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Not rude at all. Don’t worry :wink:

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This was answered basically in my first post.

Some. We still have all that stuff. We just have standard education as well.

Well, the only one I really get into is the Assassin’s Journals. It’s a boarding school run by retired Assassins.

They are paid the standard rate for Assassins, which is fairly high pay for their world. The poor have no education or skill, and Assassin’s have skills and an education.

Well, it’s a bunch of things you would expect: reading, writing, arithmetic, as well as basic training for fighting or magic. Probably the only thing that would weird people out is training from early childhood to not respond to being pinned down by an attacker (basically, to not panic in claustrophobic moments). Problem is when you have a class of mostly girls with a male teacher, it’s a bit awkward, so they keep extra adults around as witness. War training, tactics, law, specialist combat things of this nature take up the latter half of training in-school.

Then you’re apprenticed out to your partner for five years, and I mean partner in every definition of that meaning. Culturally, you marry the eprson you partner with, or if you pass them up, you marry your student. But this is usually an age gap of 5 years, and some people take on a private teacher as a formality and marry whomever the heck they want.

This includes corporal punishment.

And the story follows a young woman who is very critical of their system.

It’s really a pass-fail system. You can get high or low scores, wholly numbers based, and depending on your talents, you go into one of the castes that are easy to access directly from school. There are further case beyond that, but they aren’t usually available to those in their first 5 years after schooling.

Really, not much different except you get to go home if your family can afford to bring you home.

Scholarship student show talent in areas that the guilds want to nurture, and you can’t do that by putting too many barriers in front of the person you’re training. If someone is found who is too old for the boarding school, they are privately tutored until they are ready.

Finished boarding school and setting into the relationship/apprenticeship.

She majored in “Night Assassin” or “Blues”. She gets to steal things and spy, as well as kill people in their sleep. She’s supposed to not have to directly confront an adversary, as that’s a Day Assassin’s job (Green), and she doesn’t have much training in magic (Red) at the start, although she qualifies after she moves more into archives–a category all it’s own–yellow? Still within the 5 year.

I never mapped it.

Dorm-cliques. That is, kids that room together pull pranks together.

I never set a timeline, so I’m guessing 2/3rds a year?


Thanks a bunch.

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Most of Arya doesn’t get education. They’re taught in groups by someone in the village when they’re children, and then they’re taught how to work by their parents - whose business they will eventually take over. The nobles are taught by vessels of the gods and governesses from the west.
There’s no middle class yet.
This is similar to how India’s traditional system used to be (not the nobles part, the commoners part) before British colonization


School is pretty much non-existent in my world because the Earth’s history and literature was completely erased through the Continental Drift and wars. Math and science would be the only things available, along with basic survival skills and other skill sets like sewing, cooking, etc.

Basic skills aren’t taught in a school setting. If you end up working a job that requires it, they teach a few classes before you start the job.

When it comes to math and science, the majority don’t know it because it isn’t essential to most daily lives unless you’re a business owner. And most business owners in the main city are born in wealth and do have schools, but they’re very specific to the subjects and are taught from an early age.

So, basically: the rich are educated, the poor not.

The other educated individuals would be anyone who works for the government, so soldiers, mechanics, etc.

No, the setting for it is really different lol. There are no teachers and no major classrooms. You’re put in this “bubble” and learn about stuff through videos and assignments that you write on a clear screen.

Similar to something like this, but smaller:

There is no such thing as grades for most assignments. You’re graded only on exams and it would be as what we have now, technically, from 0-100%. 80% or higher is passing and you’ll “graduate” when all exams are passed. You can retake exams as much as you like in order to pass.

Poor people are often the uneducated ones in regards to math and science and other subjects alike. The same goes for anyone else who wasn’t born or doesn’t live in the main city as the city, Belris, is the only place with schools. Everywhere else doesn’t have them.

My character grew up in a small village named Alcor and he didn’t grow up going to school either. But was eventually schooled when he started training to be a soldier.

Either way, it doesn’t determine how smart you actually are because even if you never went to school, you can be smart in many other ways.

He finished it in a year because he’s a fast learner.

If you’re going because you’re rich, it would depend on age. Young students would go to learn for a few hours during the morning and afternoon (like from 10-11am to 2pm), then go home. Teenage students would learn for a few hours, have a lunch break, then work at their family’s business.

If they’re going because of the army or other government department, they would go for a few hours, train, then eat lunch, and train some more.


Rich kid school goes for five days of the week. Soldiers and anyone else goes for six days.


I have a lot of imaginary worlds, but I’ll just answer the questions based on one of them XD

The education system for ordinaries—humans without special abilities—is very similar to what we have on Earth. Six years of elementary school, followed by three years of junior high school, and then three years of senior high school.

Children typically start school once they’re six years old, but some children may start at five-and-a-half or five. After that you can pursue a bachelor’s, a master’s, and maybe a PhD if you want to go that far.

Those from the villages or poor families usually just go to vocational or technical schools after graduating high school, or they may only pursue education up to high school. Those from more urban areas are more education-oriented.

As for gifteds—humans with special abilities—they’re all sent to academies, which are schools established specifically for educating gifteds. Gifteds start schooling once they reach the age of seven, and they typically graduate once they’re nineteen or twenty.

They share some similarities with ordinary schools: the way they’re split up (six years of primary school, three years of junior high, three years of senior high) and the subjects taught (e.g. language arts, arithmetic, the sciences). However, academies are typically boarding schools with vast campuses and state-of-the-art facilities, whereas ordinary schools usually aren’t (although some ordinary boarding schools exist). Academies are also known to be stricter and have a more rigorous curriculum. Academies used to have two pathways: the path of the guardian (basically you use your powers to actively defend settlements from wild beasts), and the path of the neutral (prepares you for life as a “normal” person). However, in recent years, there has been such a huge shortage of guardians that basically every gifted child is forced to take the pathway of the guardian.

The only similarity I can see is that they’re split like this: six years primary school, three years of junior high, and three years of senior high. I don’t really know anything else because I didn’t go to a local school—I went to a private international school that uses a different curriculum from local schools :rofl:

They’re typically paid well. Teachers at academies and private schools make the most money. Those teaching in villages and small towns don’t really get paid well, but they’re not severely underpaid—maybe just slightly underpaid, if they’re even underpaid in the first place. They earn normal salaries.

It really depends on whether you’re a gifted or ordinary and which village/town/city/city-state you’re from. For ordinaries, rich people can afford to go to whatever private schools they want, although some go to government-run schools. Everyone else studies at government-run schools, which are all free. Non-rich people also tend to study at schools that are in their zone (the area they live in), and they can only go to school in another zone if they’re pursuing a subject available only at that school, if they’ve received a scholarship from that school, or they’re paying for a private education.

As for gifteds, all of them go to good schools and experience the same things, regardless of their background. They typically attend academies that are nearest where they live, and that’s where they’re usually assigned to study. However, if you’re very wealthy—as most gifted families are—you can afford to send your gifted children to a more “prestigious” academy, usually the one that’s affiliated with a rich city like Ildor. Even then, most rich parents don’t feel the need to pay extra to send their gifted children to a more prestigious academy, since all academies are prestigious in the first place, even the “least prestigious” ones.

My main character never went to school.

Uh, huge spoiler alert. Basically he’s the son of an evil sorcerer, and he was never sent to the academies to be taught. When his evil parents died, his mother’s family took him in. They didn’t send him to the academies either because he looks exactly like his evil dad, so out of protection, they homeschooled him instead.

When he was a young adult, something happened and he lost his memories and almost died in the middle of nowhere. The deuteragonist, a female guardian and academy graduate, found him and took him under her wing. There, he received a second education. She would mainly mentor him in terms of helping him wield his special abilities. As for the “normal” subjects like arithmetic and social studies, she would just assign textbooks to him and he’d read them.

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