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For the song featured in School Daze - Part 1, see School of Friendship (song).
Exterior view of the School of Friendship S8E1
The School of Friendship is a private[1] vocational[2] school established by Twilight Sparkle in School Daze - Part 1 as a way to educate different ponies and creatures from Equestria and beyond about the Magic of Friendship. It is called the Magical School of Friendship in some merchandise and Twilight School in some other media.

Development

The School of Friendship was previewed in a 2018 "MY LITTLE PONY SERIES" image within Hasbro 2017 Investor Day webcast presentations from August 3, 2017.[3][4]

Depiction in the series

Twilight Sparkle starts addressing the students S8E1
The school makes its debut in the two-part season eight premiere School Daze. It is located adjacent to the Castle of Friendship. After receiving provisional approval from Chancellor Neighsay and the Equestria Education Assocation to open the school, Twilight Sparkle appoints her friends as its faculty, and Sandbar, Gallus, Yona, Smolder, Ocellus, and Silverstream are among the students who enroll.

At the end of Part 1, Neighsay shuts the school down, having been led to believe only ponies would be allowed to enroll, and not agreeing with the decision to allow other creatures to attend. With encouragement from her friends, Twilight reopens the school in Part 2 as an independent institution outside the EEA's purview.

Beginning with The Maud Couple, the school is prominently featured in the series' theme song, replacing most of Ponyville.

The school makes minor appearances in Fake It 'Til You Make It, where Rarity asks Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer if they could run the Rarity For You boutique in Manehattan. Later, Smoky, Softpad, and Smoky Jr. approach Spike and Twilight in the latter's office to tell them about Fluttershy's personality changes.

In Grannies Gone Wild, Rainbow Dash briefly tells the students about what the Wonderbolts told her about the Wild Blue Yonder rollercoaster ride in Las Pegasus.

In Horse Play, Twilight holds a play at the school to celebrate Princess Celestia's "ones-versary," and Celestia briefly takes acting lessons at the school.

In Non-Compete Clause, Fluttershy is voted by the students as the school's most popular teacher. Following a field trip, the students later vote for Rainbow Dash and Applejack to be the school's next Teacher of the Month.

In Molt Down, Spike accidentally takes over a tour for Pinkie Pie, showing a group around the school.

In Marks for Effort, the Cutie Mark Crusaders attempt to get themselves enrolled in the school, but are refused, due to already knowing all about friendship. They then tutor a struggling student, Cozy Glow, who intentionally fails a test to try and make it look like the Crusaders need to attend the school. This backfires, as Twilight believes the Crusaders intentionally set up Cozy to fail. Cozy confesses the truth to guidance counselor Starlight, and the Crusaders are given honorary diplomas, and an offer to become official friendship tutors for the school.

The school is briefly seen at the beginning of The Mean 6 when a photographer (actually Queen Chrysalis in disguise) arrives to take pictures of Twilight and her friends.

In A Matter of Principals, Twilight organizes a scavenger hunt for the students before she and her friends are called away on a friendship mission. In their absence, Starlight Glimmer serves as interim headmare. Discord hires Iron Will, Cranky Doodle Donkey, and an inanimate dragonsneeze tree to serve as temporary substitute teachers and inconvenience Starlight, and Starlight hires Spitfire, Trixie, and Maud Pie to serve as substitutes.

In The Hearth's Warming Club, the Hearth's Warming decorations are sabotaged by an unknown culprit, leading Twilight and Rainbow to find out which of the remaining students did the deed.

In Friendship University, the School of Friendship briefly faces competition in the form of the Friendship University.

In The End in Friend, Rarity and Rainbow Dash are used as an example when Twilight teaches her students about the power of compromise.

In Road to Friendship, the school is briefly seen when Trixie invites Starlight to join her on a tour of Saddle Arabia.

In A Rockhoof and a Hard Place, Rockhoof briefly becomes a teacher at the school. While he quickly becomes a hit with the students, he accidentally causes a lot of damage while telling his stories.

In What Lies Beneath, Twilight has her students prepare for a test on Equestrian friendship history. As they study, Sandbar, Gallus, Yona, Smolder, Ocellus and Silverstream discover a cavern beneath the school, where they meet and are tested by a representation of the Tree of Harmony.

The school briefly appears in Sounds of Silence and Father Knows Beast.

In School Raze, Twilight once again places Starlight in charge of the school while she and her friends investigate the disappearance of magic in Equestria. In their absence, Cozy Glow plots to seize control of the school by trapping Starlight within the same spell she uses to drain the magic from Equestria and undermining Chancellor Neighsay's attempt to make the school pony-exclusive. With the help of the Tree of Harmony, Sandbar, Gallus, Silverstream, Smolder, Ocellus, and Yona foil Cozy's plans.

The school is briefly seen in the background during My Little Pony Best Gift Ever, having been closed for the holidays.

Other depictions

Storybooks

In the adaptation Meet the New Class, "Princess Twilight Sparkle is opening a School of Friendship!"[5][6]

In the chapter book Beyond Equestria: Fluttershy Balances the Scales, Twilight starts to share the idea of the school, but is interrupted by the arrival of a messenger from Princess Skystar.

Promotional material

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Commercials

Derpy, White Lightning, Spike, Yona, Silverstream, Ocellus, Gallus, Smolder, seapony Silver Stream, Dr. Hooves, Sprinkle Medley, Sweetie Drops, "Rhythm / Night Shade", Meadow Song, Cloud Kicker, "Mango Juice", another Cloud Kicker, Lemon Hearts, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, and Rarity appear at the School of Friendship in Saved by My Friends; Hasbro's YouTube video description refers to the school as Twilight School.[8]

Merchandise

Twilight Sparkle Magical School of Friendship playset
Two School of Friendship-themed playsets are slated for release in Fall 2018: the "Twilight Sparkle Magical School of Friendship" playset, which includes a Twilight figure, and the "Pinkie Pie Beats & Treats Magical Classroom" playset, which includes a Pinkie Pie figure.[9]

Notable characters

School of Friendship group photo S8E2

Faculty

Students

Gallery

Twilight glowing in front of her students S8E2

School of Friendship image gallery

References

  1. Nicole Dubuc (2018-06-02). Private school - open to all ages and teaching a different curriculum than Miss Cheerilee's.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 June 2.
  2. Jim Miller (2018-10-13). I think of it more like a vocational school. Like a film school or technical college.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 October 13.
  3. PresentationPC2 (2017-08-03). PowerPoint Presentation. Retrieved on 2017 August 4.
  4. PresentationPC2 (2017-08-03). PowerPoint Presentation. Retrieved on 2017 August 4.
  5. My Little Pony: Meet the New Class. Hachette Book Group. Retrieved on 2018 April 4.
  6. My Little Pony: Meet the New Class. Hachette Book Group. Retrieved on 2018 April 4.
  7. Watch Season 8 of Friendship is Magic on.... Facebook (2018-04-12). Retrieved on 2018 April 14.
  8. MLP: Friendship is Magic - 'Saved by My Friends' ⏰ Season 8 Official Sneak Peek. YouTube (2018-03-23). Retrieved on 2018 March 25.
  9. "Selbach, Sarah" (2018-02-13). MLP Core 2018 Product Descriptions US.pdf. Retrieved on 2018 February 16.
  10. Jim Miller (2018-05-22). Big Jim on Twitter: "He’s essentially TS’s executive assistant.… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 May 22.