Quiz: Which Fictional TV High School Should You Have Gone To?

High school: a ripe setting within which many of our most beloved LGBTQ+ narratives take place, inspiring us to say things like, “I could never wear that to my school” or “how does Will Schuster still have a job?” Now it’s time to find out which one of these fictional high schools owes you an education:

Which Fictional High School Do You Belong At?

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1. Which of these mediums would be best for telling your high school story?*

2. Pick a place to grow up:*

3. Pick a musical:*

4. Pick a default after-school and weekend hangout spot:*

6. Pick a teen movie*

7. Pick an outfit for your first day of school:*

8. It's time for the big school play! What's your role in the production?*

9. Pick a plan for your 16th birthday:*

10. Pick a song to play at your graduation ceremony:*

11. Pick an After-School Special:*

12. What is your favorite self-defense mechanism?*

13. Pick a Core Value:*

14. Pick a crush:*

15. Pick a backpack*

16. Tell me about the craziest party that ever happened at your high school:*

17. Which of these fictional high school's students do you THINK you'd fit in best with? (This question is optional and won't override your other answers, but it could be a tie-breaker.)

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  1. I got Genera+ion!

    A show I haven’t watched but teenage me certainly would have liked the idea of fitting this description

    “You burn brightly, dress wildly, feel all your feelings and only go to the mall ironically”

  2. Another winning quiz from Riese!! Always a highlight of the day!

    drum roll please: Bayside High, from the saved by the bell reboot.

    Sounds about right.

    The best part of the quiz was reading all the choices for each question, some are laugh out loud funny…..

    • to be honest it’s been like 10 years since i last watched buffy, and it’s a show with a PASSIONATE INTENSE FANDOM, so i didn’t include it ’cause i didn’t feel literate enough in the buffyverse to come up with answers that would pass muster! also i already had a lot of schools in california

  3. “Congratulations you’re entering the beautiful dreamworld of Netflix’s Heartstopper, where teens drink milkshakes instead of wine coolers and cartoon hearts pop up when you fall in love and there’s a gay teacher you can have lunch with if you’re lonely!”

    Truly the closest match to my actual high school experience. Except the teacher was my best friend’s straight mom. Wait. WAS SHE ACTUALLY GAY?

  4. maybe this finally convinced me to watch Sex Education My queer surroundings, even people I have dated, have not achieved this (partially because the series made me think of the people I dated after they broke my heart) even though there’s GILLIAN ANDERSON

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