Education is a common recurring theme in the Television show The Simpsons. Many of the episodes feature scenes at the fictional Springfield Elementary School and several plotlines have also revolved around education. Many different themes have been featured, including lack of funding of public schools ("The PTA Disbands") and evolution vs. creationism ("The Monkey Suit").
Other episodes have revolved around the fictional Springfield University, which is where Homer went when fired from the Nuclear Power Plant ("Homer Goes to College"). Lisa also secretly started attending it in the episode "Little Girl in the Big Ten".
In general, many of Springfield's citizens are uneducated, even though several have gone onto post-high school education.
Daycares & Pre-Schools
Ayn Rand School for Tots
Run by "Ms. Sinclair", the sister of a musical director, this daycare is featured in the episode "A Streetcar Named Marge". She runs her school under the strict teachings of Ayn Rand and does not believe in baby bottles, trying to develop "the bottle within". She also does not allow pacifiers, which leads Maggie and her fellow babies to rebel. She also believes that when a baby wants its bottle it doesn't say, as Marge believes, "Ba-Ba" but "I am a leech!"
This is Springfield's other pre-school which is attended by its other toddlers. This is possibly the pre-school which Bart and Lisa attended.
Springfield Elementary School
- Principal: Seymour Skinner
- Superintendent: Superintendent Chalmers
- Teachers: Mrs. Krabappel, Miss Hoover, Dewey Largo, Mrs. Pommelhorst, Mr. Glasscock (formerly) and Coach Krupt
- Janitorial Staff: Groundskeeper Willie
- Cafeteria Staff: Lunchlady Doris
- PTA Chairman: Ned Flanders
In "Lisa Gets an "A"" SES was revealed to once be the most dilapidated school in Missouri and was moved to Springfield brick by brick. Springfield has long been an underfunded school with a computer-less computer lab, a less than enthusiastic staff and a group of very uneducated students. On many occasions it has been said that Lisa is the only one keeping the school going. There are several subjects that have been cut, such as Geography (which was proving to be an embarrassment), math, and music, gym and art (due to a lack of funding). The majority of Springfield's adults attended Springfield Elementary in "The President Wore Pearls".
The school is horribly underfunded. For instance, there is a cinder block in place of a tether ball, and it has several grossly incompetent teachers; a camp of gypsies were once shown living on the school's playground as well. Also, only the teachers and the student body president eat french fries made from potatoes. The milk was shown to be from rats provided by Fat Tony.
The school's lack of funding has been the center of several episodes, including "The PTA Disbands", in which the teachers go on strike until more funding is provided and "The President Wore Pearls" in which Lisa leads a student strike to get music, gym and art back.
West Springfield Elementary School
This school has been seen only in the episode "Trilogy of Error". Lisa, in a rush to get to school, hitches a ride with Krusty who accidentally goes to the wrong school. West Springfield Elementary has a French class and is attended by a boy named Thelonious, who Lisa fell in love with. The fact that West Springfield Elementary resembles Springfield Elementary is a parody on how some public school systems build elementary schools that use exactly the same blueprints.
Waverly Hills Elementary School
This is Springfield's best Elementary school. In one episode Homer moves into Waverly Hills just so Bart and Lisa can have a better education. However, they leave as they don't fit in.
Springfield Preparatory School
Encountered by the Simpson family in "The Bart Wants What It Wants", it is attended by the children of many of Springfield's more affluent citizens, including Dr. Hibbert's daughter, Kent Brockman's daughter and Rainier Wolfcastle's daughter Greta.
Springfield Christian School
This is a school run by the First Church of Springfield which is attended by Springfiled's Christian community like the Flanders' and the Lovejoy's.
St Sebastian's Girls School
This is where Millhouse's girlfriend, Samantha Stankey, gets sent to school. It is a Catholic School run by nuns with a notoriety of wicked girls attending.
Miss Tillingham's Elementary School
This is a private school for Springfield's upper class, similar to the Prep school.
Enriched Learning Center for Gifted Children
Attended by Bart after he cheated on a test in the episode "Bart the Genius". Bart got tricked by the students easily for his food.
Springfield Magnet School for the Gifted and Troublesome
At the end of "The President Wore Pearls", Lisa is sent here by Skinner, intending to stop the strike she started. She discovers a charming French boy who tells her of their large library, but Homer immediately stopped her from going due to not wanting to drive 45 minutes every day.
Because there are very few teenage characters in The Simpsons, Springfield High School is most often seen in flashbacks, notably to when Homer and Marge met. Squeaky Voice Teen goes there. Moe once revealed that the Springfield High was right next door to his bar (Moe's). The SH students buy cigarettes at Moe's.
Springfield Junior High School
This is where all of Springfield's teenagers go to like Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney. This is possibly the school attended by Homer and Marge Simpson.
Springfield has a large and prestigious college which Homer attended in the episode "Homer Goes to College". It teaches several different courses, including nuclear physics, and the meaning of cartoons.
The longtime rival of Springfield U, its mascot is a pig named "Sir Oinks-a-lot" who has several powerful friends, including Richard Nixon. The two schools meet in an annual football game. The college is often referred to as a "cow college," as it was literally founded by a cow. Lenny and Carl are both alumni.
Springfield Heights Institute of Technology
Springfield Community College
Marge took a painting class here in "Brush with Greatness". Also, Homer briefly taught a class on "Secrets of a Successful Marriage". Other classes taught there include "how to chew tobacco", "orange eating", "funk dancing for self-defence" and "Strip for your wife".
Several of the characters on the show went to college or University, including:
- Homer Simpson: Springfield University, Degree in Nuclear Physics
- Marge Simpson: Springfield University
- Lenny Leonard: Has a Master of Physics from Springfield A&M
- Carl Carlson: Has a Master of Physics from Springfield A&M
- Mr. Burns: Yale, has a seat on the board at Springfield U
- Otto: Brown
- Sideshow Mel: Cornell
- Sideshow Bob: Yale
- Cecil Terwilliger: Princeton
- Lionel Hutz: Harvard, Yale, MIT, Oxford, the Sorbonne, the Louvre (Alleged, but unlikely to be true, as MIT doesn't have a law school, the Sorbonne is a collection of schools in Paris, and the Louvre is an art museum. As Hutz is both legally incompetent and a known liar, he most likely attended none of these schools)
- Edna Krabappel: Bryn Mawr
- Snake Jailbird: Ball State and Middlebury
- Rev. LoveJoy: Texas Christian University
- Dr. Hibbert: Springfield University and Johns Hopkins Medical School
- Moe Szyslak: Swigmore University
- Apu Nahasapeemapetilon: Calcutta Technical Institute, Springfield Heights Institute of Technology
- Frank Grimes: Degree in Nuclear Physics in a correspondence course from an unknown school
- Professor Frink: Professor at Springfield Heights Institute of Technology
- Superintendent Chalmers: Ball State
- Kirk Van Houten: Gudger College
- Barney Gumble: Claims to have given a guest lecture (while drunk) at Villanova, or perhaps a street corner
- Ned Flanders: Has a Degree in Pharmacology from Oral Roberts University
- Hans Moleman:Brown
- Selma Bouvier: Springfield University
- Herbert Powell: Harvard
- Dr. Nick: Hollywood Upstairs Medical College
- Blue haired lawyer: Springfield University,
It should be noted that Homer Simpson did not have a degree when the plant opened; he just turned up. In Homer Goes to College, he was forced to take Nuclear Physics and cheated on the test. It is presumed he got the degree because Burns wouldn't rehire him without it.
Harvard and the Ivies
Many of the Simpsons writers attended Harvard, including: 
- Al Jean
- Dan McGrath
- John Collier
- Greg Daniels
- Patric Verrone
- Bill Canterbury
- David X. Cohen
- Jon Vitti
- Richard Appel
- Bill Oakley
- David Sacks
- Ken Keeler
- Steve Tompkins
- Conan O'Brien (Also president of the Harvard Lampoon)
- George Meyer
- Max Pross
- Steve Young
- Dan Greaney
- Jeff Martin
- Mike Reiss
- Tom Gammill
- Nell Scovell
- Daniel Chun
- Matt Warburton
- Jeff Westbrook
- J. Stewart Burns
Other Simpsons writers who have attended well-known universities (Ivy League or otherwise) include:
- Josh Weinstein - Stanford University
- Ian Maxtone-Graham - Brown University
- Bill Odenkirk - University of Chicago