Most schools are basically the same: school buses, classrooms, lessons, cafeterias. Yet there are schools as different from those we’re used to as day and night.
Bright Side has collected for you the most unusual and extreme schools in the world that you probably couldn’t imagine existed. Let’s walk the path to knowledge!
The Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy, Boracay
This school teaches you to become a true Ariel…or Poseidon. It accepts both kids and adults and has various program levels, from beginner to instructor.
And if you’ve always dreamed of a bright shiny tale but are afraid of the water, you can turn into a mermaid for a 30-minute photo session.
San Antonio Zoo School, USA
The school’s goal is to teach children to protect and appreciate nature, develop social and fine motor skills, and prepare them for further education by teaching math and pre-literacy.
Kids spend at least half a day at the Zoo getting to know the animal world through play and lectures.
River Plate School, Buenos Aires
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, there’s a school in one of the country’s most popular football stadiums. Classes are often held during games, and children can watch them through a window. How hard it must be to concentrate on studies!
In Atule’er, China, education is something kids have to strive for. Backpacked, they climb shaky vine ladders and cling to rocks on their 90-minute journey to school.
The ascent is so dangerous that it was decided to accept a kind of boarding program, so now children come home only twice a month.
These are preschools, where children can play and learn in a natural environment rather than in boring classrooms. Though it may seem kids only have fun there, the education process is built so they learn art, communication, and math.
Gulu Elementary, China
Gulu Elementary is probably the most remote school in the world. It’s located in Sichuan Province, almost in the clouds, and a one-way commute takes 5 hours.
Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Atlanta
Yes, this is a school for those who have decided to make their career in funeral service. At Gupton-Jones College, they’re taught everything from required practical skills to ethical behavior to help people cope with the death of a loved one.
Orestad Gymnasium, Denmark
We are all used to classrooms, but this building is the classroom itself. As the school is media-oriented, everything here is designed to teach the students flexible thinking and create a comfortable learning atmosphere.
There are huge “drums” equipped with soft pillows, where students can break into groups for doing projects, homework, or enjoying their breaks.
Snake Charming School, India
The Vadi people start their 10-year snake charming education at the age of 2. The girls are taught to take care of snakes, while boys are to become the real charmers.
Green School, Bali
“The greenest school in the world,” situated in the jungle, dwells on the principles of joy, passion, kindness, and making a difference. Its building is made of bamboo to preserve nature’s beauty and environment and teach kids to feel nature and take care of it.
Besides the usual school activities, the students are given a chance to try something new in different fields and prepare for real life.
School Under the Bridge, Delhi
This school, created by Rajesh Kumar Sharma, is for poor families unable to afford their kids’ education. It’s free, with volunteer teachers giving classes in Hindi, English, and math to present children with a chance of a better future.
Husband-Hunting School, Japan
Due to extreme careerism levels, high expectations, and the enormous development of the virtual date sector, many 30-something women in Japan are still single.
Such schools teach them how to set their priorities to finally find a husband and start a family.
Gondola Bridges, Nepal
The rivers in Nepal can be tricky. During high tide, they’re impossible to cross by foot. This is why kids in Nepal have to use “tarpuls” — wire or gondola bridges.
This way of transportation can lead to hand injury or even death, but the other choice is to stay isolated for weeks without any chance for an education.
Santa Claus School, Michigan
You can undoubtedly ask these guys where a fairy tale begins. Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School is the oldest — it has existed since 1937 — and is called Harvard for Santas.
The students learn to talk, smile, laugh, dress up, behave, and bring joy to every kid in the world like a real Santa Claus.
So which school did you like the most? Is there one you’d love to attend?
And what about school paths? Would you dare to walk one of them at least once? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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