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A Pokémon academy is a school where students and Trainers can learn more about Pokémon. Most beginning Trainers visit at least one of them, and common Trainers who study extensively at these locations are Lasses, School Kids, and Scientists.
In the games
Pokémon academies are commonly found, quite conveniently, in a town or city very near to the player's hometown. They are often referred to as Trainer schools.
The Pokémon academy in Viridian City is visited by many beginning Trainers, and so is dedicated to teaching the basics of Pokémon to said inexperienced Trainers. Many Trainers that pass through Viridian tend to be beginning ones, which makes Viridian an ideal location for such an academy. In Generation II and Generation IV, the academy has been replaced by the Trainer House. The academy in Violet City, Earl's Pokémon School, is a place where students and beginning Trainers can learn more about Pokémon. It is run by Earl Dervish, who can first be seen outside the Violet City Gym but will show the player the way to the school while twirling at every turn. Another of Earl's Academy are seen in Pokémon Stadium 2, in this case in White City.
One of the bigger academies is situated in Hoenn's Rustboro City, named Pokémon Trainer's School, of which Roxanne is a student. The Generation IV academy, the Trainer's School, is situated in Jubilife City of Sinnoh. In Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, the Ranger School is where the player starts the game. It is located in the Almia region, and connected to Vientown. Some characters from Pokémon Ranger graduated from there. Students of the school are given Capture Stylers that have limited capabilities, and there are some Pokémon roaming the grounds, and some in the main building.
In the Generation V games Pokémon Black and White, a Trainers' School is located in Striaton City. In Pokémon Black and White 2, the Trainer's School is located in Aspertia City with the backyard serving as the Aspertia Gym. Unlike previous academies, however, two School Kids can be found and battled inside. The Prestige Precept Center in Phenac City, Orre, can also be considered a Trainers' school, as this purpose is more fitting than an official Pokémon League Gym (due to a lack of an actual league in Orre).
In the Generation VI games Pokémon X and Y, a Trainers' School is found in Santalune City.
In the anime
In the anime, several Trainers' schools and Pokémon academies have appeared. A different Kanto-based Pokémon school, Pokémon Tech, appeared in The School of Hard Knocks, while Earl's Pokémon Academy in Violet and the Pokémon Trainer's School in Rustboro also made anime appearances, in A Bout with Sprout and Gonna Rule the School!, respectively. Another Hoenn-based Trainers' school appeared in The Evolutionary War, located on Island A of the A-B-C Islands, in a Pokémon Center. Another Trainers' School appeared in Classroom Training!, located in Snowpoint City in Sinnoh.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Earl Dervish owns the Pokémon Academy in Violet City. It first appeared in the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter, when Professor Oak went to meet Crystal and give her a Pokédex. Crystal was a helper at the academy, which was in very poor shape and low on money. It is later revealed during the Emerald chapter that Emerald arrived at the academy on that same day, after the Trick Master sent him there. Emerald admired Crystal and decided to stay, not knowing that Oak hired Crystal to complete the Pokédex for him, and the next day she left the academy.
Emerald then spent a large part of his childhood in Earl's academy, and Earl even told Professor Oak about him. Not long after Crystal left, she started using the money she received for her work to completely renovate the academy, earning Emerald's respect.
In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga
Red goes to a Pokémon Academy in Violet City where he battles a Sentret which evolved into Furret.