Fascinating Photos of 11 Abandoned Schools

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Ah, September. School bells are ringing, notebooks are fresh, and children of all ages are tromping back to their classrooms with (we imagine) deeply mixed feelings. But not everywhere. We’re committed fans of abandoned spaces here at Flavorpill, but there’s something particularly off-putting about an abandoned school — maybe it’s the fact that schools in their prime are so filled with life or maybe it’s that faint sense of innocence defiled. Either way, to ease your re-entry into the school year (but definitely not to give you any ideas), we’ve rounded up a few of the most fascinating, creepiest abandoned schools from across the country and beyond. Click through to revel in a little pedagogical disaster, and link us to any cool ones we’ve missed in the comments.

L’école de médecine vétérinaire, a former veterinary school in Brussels, Belgium. Photo credit: Martino Zegwaard via i09.

PS 186 in Harlem, New York. Photo credit: Jake Dobkin at BlueJake.

Two schools in Pripyat, Ukraine. Photo credit: Daniel Zollinger.

An abandoned school in Detroit. Photos via.

An abandoned school in Sheffield, UK, decorated with street art by Phlegm. Photos via.

The Lambertville School, Lambertville, NJ. Photos via.

Israel M. Augustine Middle School in New Orleans. Notice the squatter sneaking in. Photo credit: Michael DeMocker / The Times-Picayune

The Lillesden School for Girls, UK. Photo credit: Howzey via Urban Ghosts.

Signature High School in New Orleans. Photo credit: Michael DeMocker / The Times-Picayune

Holley High School in Holley, NY. Photo credit: Colink.

Université du Val Benoît in Liège, Belgium. Photo credit: Pheizy.