In Hysteria by Megan Miranda, Mallory needs to get away. She killed her boyfriend, Brian, and even though everyone knows it was self-defense, the events of that night haunt her. Why can’t she remember all the details? Mallory goes to Monroe, a New Hampshire boarding school—hoping it will be a fresh start. But the past seems to follow her no matter how far she runs.
We might not be fleeing the ghost of our dead boyfriends, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had grand dreams of packing our bags and starting a new life at an all-kids, all-the-time boarding school. Check out the six best fictional boarding schools and vote for the one you’d most like to be accepted to!
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
When we were growing up, we wanted nothing more than to be one of those twelve little girls in two straight lines. Of course, if we had been in school with Madeline, we def would have stolen some of her limelight. That girl was a bit of an attention-grabber. Burst appendix? Likely story . . .
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
If you are bold, brave, and magically inclined, you would do well at Spence. Is there a risk of death? Yeah. But entering a magical world where you have ultimate control over reality? That’s pretty hard to turn down.
Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters
Do we want to go to Xavier’s or do we really want to have crazy powers? Crazy powers. But if we have to attend school with teachers that look like Hugh Jackman and James Marsden? Ugh. I guess we’ll take one for the team.
St. Trinian’s by Ronald Searle
This all-girl school is a den of gambling, violence, aggression, and illegal activity. The headmistress’s motto? “In other schools girls are sent out quite unprepared into a merciless world, but when our girls leave here, it is the merciless world which has to be prepared.” Totalsuperhyperultrabadass.
Growing up, we always thought that college would be filled with the same kind of academic fervor that permeated DPS. Tearing up books, carping some serious diem—we were set. There was fervor, sure, but nothing will dampen ferve like a nice term paper. Still, come midnight before a 20-page paper due date, you will see us standing on our beds, “Oh, Captain, my Captain”-ing like no one’s business.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Because if you say you’ve never dreamed of going to Hogwarts, you’re a liar. We’re still hoping the American version sends out acceptance letters a teensy bit after age 11.
Which boarding school would you like to attend? Vote now! Did we forget your favorite? Leave a note in the comments!