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After a stint behind bars, how tough can a room full of fourth graders be?
Mary Margaret Blanchard src

Storybrooke Schools are Storybrooke locations featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. They first appear in the first episode of the first season.

The Storybrooke Schools consist of the Storybrooke Elementary School[1] and the Storybrooke Secondary School[2]

History

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During First Curse

Casting a curse to trap everyone with no memories of their past lives, Regina spends relishing in her work. The former Snow White, Mary Margaret, is now a school teacher. On the first day of the curse, she conducts a lesson, teaching her students how to build a birdhouse, before dismissing them. Regina visits, and with an air of smugness, she leads Mary Margaret to the hospital, where the teacher's past true love, David, lies in an eternal coma. ("Welcome to Storybrooke")

As Henry grows up, he begins attending the elementary school in Storybrooke. One day, he is given an assignment by his teacher, Ms. Blanchard, to complete a family tree. When he doesn't turn in his homework, she approaches him during lunchroom to ask if everything is all right. Henry, feeling out of place in town, vents frustration about not belonging as well as not being loved by either his adoptive mother, Regina, or the woman who gave him up for adoption. To lift his spirits, Mary Margaret gives him a fairytale book as proof he can have a happy ending like in the stories. As his teacher departs, he flips through the book to a page with a prince and princess cradling a baby girl. When Henry calls after Mary Margaret, she stops walking and turns around, to which he sees a hallucination of her as the princess in the book. A moment later, the illusion disappears as he shakes out of his stupor. Looking back down to the book page, Henry mysteriously realizes the baby girl's name is Emma. ("Going Home")

Convinced by the storybook that Regina is actually an Evil Queen who cast a curse on the townspeople, Henry resolves to bring the savior, Emma, to Storybrooke so she can save everyone. Although he believes the time freeze affecting town will reverse with Emma's arrival, he finds nothing has changed by the next day. In his disappointment, he disappears to his playground as a worried Regina reluctantly allows Emma to help search for him. Mary Margaret, having just dismissed her class, is confronted by Regina about Henry using her credit card to track down Emma. The school teacher checks her wallet, discovering the boy did take her card without permission, as a frustrated Regina knocks over some books on her way out. As Emma helps clean up, Mary Margaret reveals Henry might be at the playground. ("Pilot")

Distrustful of Regina's capabilities as Henry's mother, Emma decides to stay in town for a week to ensure the boy's well-being. At the diner, Henry asks her to accompany him on his walk to school, where he shows her the torn-out storybook pages proving she is the child of Snow White and Prince Charming, though she is skeptical. Once they reach school grounds, Henry runs off to class. Mary Margaret approaches, pleased that Emma is staying in Storybrooke for Henry's sake, and they talk about the boy's fascination with fairytales. Learning that Henry believes Mary Margaret is in the book as well, Emma inquiries who he thinks she might be. The schoolteacher names Snow White, which shocks Emma since the boy previously insisted Snow White is her mother. Mary Margaret wonders who Henry thinks Emma is, but the blonde murmurs that she is not in the book. ("The Thing You Love Most")

After Second Curse
In the six weeks after Ingrid's defeat and Mr. Gold's banishment from Storybrooke, Mary Margaret returns to her teaching job at the school while Regina returns to her position as mayor. During class, Mary Margaret shows off a lovebird on her hand as she asks her students for the name referencing the study of birds. Henry raises his hand, and he correctly states it is ornithology. ("Darkness on the Edge of Town")

After Third Curse
Upon deciding to return to teaching once more, Snow walks to school with Henry. Violet, Henry's girlfriend, greets him with a kiss on the cheek, before leading him into the classroom. Snow bumps into her new teacher's aide, Shirin, who helps her distribute materials during class. She tries to teach her students about Newton's law of physics, however, they have trouble learning and later do poorly on an exam. Snow mulls over why her teaching methods don't work anymore, and Shirin suggests it's because she's no longer the person she once was under the curse and that she should assert herself as who she is now. Shirin alludes to her own past as a princess who did not embrace the hero she could have been, and because of this, her kingdom fell. At an outdoor class, Snow tacks her students' exams to a tree trunk, looses an arrow on them to demonstrate Netwon's law of physics, and then allows each student to have their turn at archery. Later that night, as Shirin is leaving the school, Snow gifts her an apple and asks if she ever fixed things in her kingdom. Shirin simply states that she didn't, and that she left the princess in the Land of Untold Stories. ("Strange Case")


Known Students

Trivia

On-Screen Notes

  • The administration of the school e-mails students their class schedule.[8] ("Pilot")

Production Notes

Disney

Popular Culture

Props Notes

  • When Mary Margaret is teaching, she receives not an apple from her student, but a pear.[14] This is fitting as she was poisoned by an apple. ("Pilot")
  • The top header on one edition of the Storybrooke Daily Mirror says "Comet Marley Makes Debut Appearance".[15] Fittingly enough, the lesson plan on the chalkboard in Mary Margaret's classroom that day mentions comets, and other astronomical objects.[16] ("The Shepherd")

Set Dressing

Filming Locations

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

References

  1. File:104BusDrivesOff.png
  2. 2.0 2.1 A newspaper ad in "Kansas" reads: "5 minute walk to Storybrooke elementary; 10 minutes walk to Storybrooke secondary". (File:320Ads.png)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 File:119Card.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 File:119Card2.png
  5. File:604ExamPaper.png
  6. 6.0 6.1 File:118EveryTime.png
  7. File:609AtTheseGrades.png
  8. File:101HenrysEmails.png
  9. 9.0 9.1 Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis on Season One DVD Commentary for "Pilot"
  10. File:107OtherLives.png
  11. http://abc.go.com/shows/once-upon-a-time/news/storybrooke-secrets/secrets-episode-107-the-heart-is-a-lonely-hunter
  12. https://www.amazon.com/Funk-Wagnalls-Wildlife-Encyclopedia-Vol/dp/B000VBDCBM
  13. File:106LooksSharp.png
  14. File:101WhyThankYou.png
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNaXBmsH_cY
  15. File:106Newspaper3.png
  16. File:106YouCant.png
  17. File:101SoSorry.png
  18. File:106SeeYou.png
  19. File:106LeaveYourWife.png
  20. File:107AreYouOkay.png
  21. File:113ScrewYou.png
  22. File:114School.png
  23. File:116AboutToLieDown.png
  24. File:412VeryGood.png
  25. http://www.jewelsforme.com/amethyst-powers
  26. http://yvrshoots.com/2012/03/v-i-a-yvrshoots-series-once-upon-a-time-in-steveston-village.html#.VMo1PWiG9IE
  27. 27.0 27.1 https://moviemaps.org/locations/1f3
  28. http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2013/05/a-once-upon-a-time-fans-guide-to-vancouver/
  29. Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss on the DVD commentary for "Welcome to Storybrooke"
  30. File:116LookingAtPhotograph.png
  31. File:418HeyPongo.png
  32. File:518AlwaysThisLong.png

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