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List of the currently operating schools which were founded the earliest. In other words, the "oldest schools" in the world. The list includes both traditional grade schools, along with some trade schools, magnet schools and other sources of elementary and early education. Universities, finishing schools and other institutions of higher learning have been left off the list.

The majority of schools on the list date from between the Sixth Century and the Fifteenth Century AD. The dates provided are based on the best historical guess at the year this school was founded, based on primary source documentation, references to the school in third-party documentation and privately-held records. The "newest" school on the list is Queen Elizabeth's School of Wimborne Minister, England, founded in 1497.

The list includes schools from around the world, though the focus remains on English-speaking schools.

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Chengdu Shishi High School is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Chengdu Shishi High School Located in China. Founded in 143 BC.

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Jondi Shapour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Jondi Shapour Located in Persia. Founded in 271 A.D.

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The King's School is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
The King's School Located in England. Founded in 597.

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The King's School is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
The King's School Located in England. Founded in 604.

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St Peter's School is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
St Peter's School Located in England. Founded in 627.

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Thetford Grammar School is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Thetford Grammar School Thetford, United Kingdom - Located in England. Founded in 631.

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Royal Grammar School Worcester is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Royal Grammar School Worcester Worcester, United Kingdom - Located in England. Founded in 685.

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Beverley Grammar School is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Beverley Grammar School Beverley, United Kingdom - Located in England. Founded in 700.

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Gymnasium Paulinum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Gymnasium Paulinum Germany - Located in Germany. Founded in 797.

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Gymnasium Theodorianum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Gymnasium Theodorianum Located in Germany. Founded in 799.

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Gymnasium Carolinum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Gymnasium Carolinum Located in Germany. Founded in 804.

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Stiftsgymnasium Xanten is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Stiftsgymnasium Xanten Located in Germany.

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The Pilgrims' School is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
The Pilgrims' School Winchester, United Kingdom - Located in England. Founded in 900.

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Wells Cathedral School is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Wells Cathedral School Wells^! Somerset, United Kingdom - Located in England. Founded in 909.

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Warwick School is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Warwick School Warwick, United Kingdom - Located in England. Founded in 914.

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St Albans School is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
St Albans School St Albans, United Kingdom - Located in England. Founded in 948.

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The King's School is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
The King's School Located in England. Founded in970.

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Yuelu Academy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Yuelu Academy Located in China. Founded in 976.

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Pannonhalma Benedictine Colleg... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Pannonhalma Benedictine College Located in Hungary. Founded in 996.

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Roskilde Katedralskole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Roskilde Katedralskole Located in Denmark. Founded in 980.

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Suzhou High School is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Suzhou High School Located in China. Founded in 1035.

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Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík Reykjavik, Iceland - Located in Iceland. Founded in 1056.

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Viborg Katedralskole is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Viborg Katedralskole Located in Denmark. Founded in 1060.

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Katedralskolan, Växjö is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Katedralskolan, Växjö Växjö, Sweden - Located in Sweden. Founded in 1085.

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Salisbury Cathedral School is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Salisbury Cathedral School Salisbury, United Kingdom - Located in England. Founded in 1091.

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Norwich School is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Norwich School Norwich, United Kingdom - Located in England. Founded in 1096.

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Stedelijk Gymnasium Nijmegen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Stedelijk Gymnasium Nijmegen Located in Netherlands. Founded in 1100.

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High School of Glasgow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
High School of Glasgow Glasgow, United Kingdom - Located in Scotland. Founded in 1124.

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Reading School is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Reading School Reading, United Kingdom - Located in England. Founded in 1125.

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Royal High School, Edinburgh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Royal High School, Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Located in Scotland. Founded in 1128.

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Stiftsgymnasium Melk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Stiftsgymnasium Melk Located in Austria. Founded in 1140.

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Bristol Cathedral Schoo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Bristol Cathedral Schoo Located in England. Founded in 1140.

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Ribe katedralskole is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Ribe katedralskole Located in Denmark. Founded in 1145.

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Trondheim Cathedral School is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Trondheim Cathedral School Located in Norway. Founded in 1152.

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Bergen Cathedral School is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Bergen Cathedral School Bergen, Norway - Located in Norway. Founded in 1153.

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Oslo Cathedral School is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Oslo Cathedral School Oslo, Norway - Located in Norway. Founded in 1153.

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Derby School is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Derby School Derby, United Kingdom - Located in England. Founded in 1160.

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Westminster School is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Westminster School Westminster, London, United Kingdom - Located in England. Founded in 1179.

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Ma?achowianka is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Ma?achowianka Located in Poland. Founded in 1180.

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Lanark Grammar School is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Lanark Grammar School Lanark, United Kingdom - Located in Scotland. Founded in 1183.

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Bedford School is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Bedford School Bedford, United Kingdom - Located in England.

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Colchester Royal Grammar Schoo... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Colchester Royal Grammar School Colchester, United Kingdom - Located in England. Founded in 1206.

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Metropolitanskolen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Metropolitanskolen Located in Denmark. Founded in 1209.

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Riga State Gymnasium No.1 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Riga State Gymnasium No.1 Riga, Latvia - Located in Latvia. Founded in 211.

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Thomasschule zu Leipzig is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Thomasschule zu Leipzig Leipzig, Germany - Located in Germany. Founded in 1212.

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Lancaster Royal Grammar School is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Lancaster Royal Grammar School Lancaster, United Kingdom - Located in England. Founded in 1235.

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High School of Dundee is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
High School of Dundee Dundee, United Kingdom - Located in Scotland. Founded in 1239.

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Bailuzhou High School is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Bailuzhou High School Located in China. Founded in 1241.

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Abingdon School is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Abingdon School Abingdon, United Kingdom - Located in England. Founded in 1256.

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Aberdeen Grammar School is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 100+ Oldest Schools in the World
Aberdeen Grammar School Aberdeen, United Kingdom - Founded in 1257.