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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, Schoolkids, 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 a Trainers' School (Japanese: トレーナーズスクール Trainers' School).
In the spin-off games
Another of Earl's academies is seen in Pokémon Stadium 2, in this case Earl's Pokémon Academy in White City.
The Prestige Precept Center in Phenac City, Orre, contains a classroom.
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.
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In the anime
A Pokémon academy in the anime
Trainers' Schools and academies
An elite Kanto-based school, Pokémon Tech, appeared in The School of Hard Knocks. Students are required to complete rigorous examinations and computer-simulated Pokémon battles, and after graduation, they could compete in the Indigo League.
In The Purr-fect Hero, Ash and his friends sent out their Pokémon to help a Kanto school celebrate Kids Day.
In A Bout with Sprout, Earl's Pokémon Academy was shown to have a campus in Violet City.
Roxanne taught at Rustboro City's Pokémon Trainers' School in Gonna Rule the School!.
Another Hoenn-based Trainers' School appeared in The Evolutionary War, located on Island A of the A-B-C Islands, in a Pokémon Center.
Dawn, Kenny, and Leona all attended the same Pokémon School somewhere in Sinnoh. Dawn reflected on her experiences in Hot Springing a Leak! and Yes in Dee Dee, It's Dawn!.
Snowpoint City's Trainers' School appeared in Classroom Training!. Candice, the local Gym Leader, teaches at the school for children to learn the basics of handling Pokémon until the age of 10. However, the school also runs a special, practical course for older people who have obtained Pokémon in the past but for some reason had interrupted their journey. It was also revealed that both Zoey and Candice had attended this school when they were younger. Mr. Honcho is the school's principal.
In Drayden Versus Iris: Past, Present, and Future!, Iris was revealed to have attended the Opelucid Academy when she was younger. The school is led by Drayden and is one of the most famous schools of Pokémon knowledge in the Unova region. Martha is part of the school's staff.
The Aspertia Trainers' School appeared in There's a New Gym Leader in Town!, where it functions both as a Gym and a school. Cheren is the Aspertia Gym Leader and also works as a teacher. The goal of the school is to prepare children to become fully fledged Trainers. Having the Gym on site allows the school to further nurture the children after they have grown up. The school is shown to have many classrooms and corridors in between, as well as a library, where students can learn about Pokémon from regions outside of Unova using the numerous books and computers. The school also has a swimming pool, a kitchen with dining tables, and a room where announcements can be broadcast all around the grounds. Outdoor field projects are held to study wild Pokémon so that students can become familiar with and eventually catch their own Pokémon. The school also raises and keeps Pokémon in a Pokémon House, which allow students to interact with various Pokémon.
A Pokémon School is one of the central settings of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon, where Ash is attending classes.
From Camping It Up! to One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!, Professor Rowan ran the week-long Pokémon Summer Academy on Mt. Coronet. Students participate in several activities to learn more about Pokémon.
Johanna teaches a traveling seminar for children, "My Very First Pokémon Coordinator Class", which focuses on the basics of being a Coordinator, and also includes lessons on how to catch a Pokémon and Pokémon breeding. In Teaching the Student Teacher!, Dawn, Ash, and Brock filled in for her session at the Valor Lakefront while she served as a judge in the Neighborly Town Pokémon Contest. Thomas is one of the children who attended the seminar. Johanna also teaches novice Coordinators at her house in Twinleaf Town. She has a battlefield in her backyard for instructing her students. Noelle is known to have trained under Johanna's guidance.
Ash and Serena attended Professor Oak's Pallet Town Summer Camp when they were younger, as mentioned in Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race!.
Professor Sycamore runs a week-long Pokémon Summer Camp, which Ash and his friends attended from Summer of Discovery! to Battling Into the Hall of Fame!.
Goh and Chloe attended one of Professor Oak's Summer Camps as six-year-olds, as revealed in Enter Pikachu!. Ash also meant to attend this camp, but he overslept.
Universities and colleges
The Pokémon Nurse School is a nursing institution intended for Chansey; it was featured in Ignorance is Blissey. Jessie also did her nurse's training there, though she failed to graduate as she was not able to perform some tasks.
Celadon University was only mentioned in the anime, specifically in Chikorita's Big Upset and Fossil Fools.
Specialist training institutions
Many Gym Leaders and Frontier Brains offer prospective Trainer's apprenticeships, where they work as battle judges and Gym assistants, such as Olivine Gym, which took on Janina, and Shauna who trains at the Dewford Gym.
Fighting dojos are family owned institutions that specialize in the training of Fighting-type Pokémon, like the facility run by Kenzo, which appeared in Two Hits and a Miss, and the Kanto Fighting Dojo featured in Pasta La Vista!.
Lake Slowpoke's Slowpoke Temple appeared in Enlighten Up!. The religious school teaches students like Madeleine the principles of meditation and focus alongside their Pokémon.
Bomba Island's Pokémon Battle Judge Training Institute, featured in Judgment Day! is a leading education facility that teaches people to become official League referees.
Jujitsu schools also exist, such as Kanto's Pokémon Ninja School and Johto's Pokémon Jujitsu Academy, which appeared in From Cradle to Save and Ariados, Amigos, respectively.
Cal's Pokémon Training Center appeared in The Electrike Company!. The Sinnoh-based school specializes in teaching students how to handle Electric-type Pokémon. A student raises a Pokémon during the course, with the main aim being to teach the Pokémon to control its electricity so it could be used for power generation.
In Unova, the Pokémon Connoisseur Association operates a school where graduates earn themselves Pokémon Connoisseurs or Connaisseuse accreditation.
It was revealed in A Campus Reunion! that Clemont studied at an academy near Coumarine City, which specializes in Electric-type Pokémon.
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 even further resort from Emerald.
Aspertia Trainers' School in Pokémon Adventures
The Aspertia Trainers' School first appeared in the Black 2 & White 2 chapter. It is a school recognized by the Pokémon Association and has over 151 students from across the Unova region, including Blake, Whitley, Hugh, Leo, Yuki, Yuko, and Maya. The school is much larger than in the games and even contains a dormitory for the students to stay in. Leo dorms with Hugh, who has a room despite being from Aspertia City himself, while Blake has a room all to himself. Cheren becomes a teacher at the school during the beginning of the chapter. By the end of the chapter, Cheren's class graduates from the school, while Black enrolls in the school in preparation for rechallenging Gyms.
In the Pocket Monsters BW Good Partners manga
A Trainers' School in Striaton City appeared in BWGP03.
In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga
In Demanding Tests at the Pokémon School!, Red went to a Pokémon Academy in Violet City where he battled a Sentret which evolved into Furret.
In the Pokémon Newspaper Strip
In the first strip of the Pokémon Newspaper Strip, Ash mentioned that at some point he had gone to the "Pokémon training academy". It was not explained exactly what he did there, which may simply be a reference to the events of the anime episode The School of Hard Knocks. However, Ash remarked that a regular school should be easy after the Pokémon training academy.
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