The main purpose of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters (and later the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning) seems to be to teach mutants to use their powers. Does the school also teach "normal" school subjects, like mathematics, history, language arts, or science? Would a mutant at this school ever learn stuff like algebra or physics?

I'm interested in the main Marvel comics line (Earth-616, or whatever it calls itself these days), although other universes or media would be interesting supplementary information.

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    Oh my, when Jean Grey took over they had Gambit as a sex-ed teacher :'D (link is safe for work) – Jenayah Oct 28 '18 at 21:31
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  • Actually that does bring the question: does Jean Grey's School for higher learning count? – Jenayah Oct 28 '18 at 21:37
  • @Jenayah I'm not familiar with the distinction. Is it pretty much the same facility? Like, they weren't operating at the same time, and Jean Grey's school is designed to succeed Xavier's? – Thunderforge Oct 28 '18 at 21:39
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    @Jenayah it depends. It kinda died out for a while, but then it came back with a fire beneath it. Sadly, it died out again. But it came back! But it was never the same after that... – Machavity Oct 29 '18 at 12:47

I think it was (at least occasionally) implied that they do. In X-Men 168 (am I showing my age here?) a temporarily demoted (from X-Men to New Mutans) Kitty Pryde angrily wonders how she "can do any work without the proper lesson programs" for her computer. Context (e.g. that she is in her room, not in the danger room) suggests that this is homework rather than some sort of training for her powers.

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In the same issue she has dancing lessons together with Illyana (Magik), so "normal" stuff is at least approved of by Xavier.

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    "am I showing my age here?" Well, you weren't until you asked, since it's entirely feasible you might have read old comics despite being young... =) – jpmc26 Oct 29 '18 at 22:11
  • I remember that gag! I don't mind showing my age. — Who drew that issue? – Anton Sherwood Nov 27 '19 at 17:55

Movies: Yes.

The first three X-Men movies show scenes of children getting taught regular subjects. These include Prof. X teaching a (presumably) English Lit class about The Once and Future King, and in the first film Prof. X doling out (what I think is) physics homework. There is also a scene of Storm teaching a class in this video. You can't hear what's being said as it's been over-dubbed with music, but can see what is probably the word "Romance" on the board so again, maybe an English Lit lesson.

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    While this is a good answer from the movies, I'm looking for an answer for the comics, so I won't be accepting this answer in its current form. – Thunderforge Oct 29 '18 at 1:18
  • I said that they would be useful as "supplementary information". If you'd rather, I can remove that part from the question. – Thunderforge Oct 29 '18 at 14:45

In X-Men (1963) #7, Professor X seems to indicate that the school does cover subjects beyond training mutant powers, in that the original 5 students have earned diplomas indicating they've successfully completed a standard prep school curriculum:

X-Men diplomas, from *X-Men) (1963) #7, page 2

While it's possible that he means they completed such a curriculum prior to coming to Xavier's, it wouldn't make sense for him to be providing a diploma covering such if that were the case.


No, the school does not teach normal subjects.

In X-Men #1 in the 1960s, Iceman is reported to be 16 years old and it's implied that he is the "baby" of the group, i.e. the youngest. All of the (original) team were of an age to have completed a normal High School education.

The purpose of the school is explicitly stated by Professor X in that 1st issue:

I realised the human race is not yet ready to accept those with extra powers! So I decided to build a haven... a school for X-Men. Here we stay, unsuspected by normal humans, as we learn to use our powers for the benefit of mankind...

The "school" is a fake, designed to give the appearance to outsiders of being an ordinary college for High School graduates, but this is only camouflage.

It in fact acts as a haven for the team members, where they're trained to use their superpowers to best effect. It's also their headquarters. But Professor X never claims to be qualified to teach ordinary courses, and Jack Kirby never shows the team in an actual classroom.

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    Jack Kirby may not have, by several other artists and writers did in later runs – Jenayah Oct 29 '18 at 5:41
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    Even so, this answer adds to the conversation since it shows the original intention of Kirby. Have an upvote. – releseabe Nov 27 '19 at 4:42

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