Xhyniie has been a K-pop fan since 2010 and a K-drama fan since 2000. She enjoys writing about the Korean entertainment industry.
Korean High School Drama Selection
A K-drama doesn't always focus on melodrama, romance, history, comedy, or action. Many television series and movies that depict friendship, teenagers, and high school life can become the starting point of K-drama addiction.
In this article, I will be presenting the 22 best Korean high school dramas that will surely appeal to your taste. While watching these shows, you will undoubtedly recall your teenage years and your experiences as a high school student, with plenty of angst and drama thrown in!
I will be talking about some overlooked series that are worth checking out. These series span the course of the past ten years when audiences outside of Korea began to get into watching these types of shows.
The Top Korean School Dramas
- School 2013
- Reply 1997
- Master of Study
- White Christmas
- Hi! School: Love On
- Ma Boy
- Jungle Fish 2
- To the Beautiful You
- Adolescence Medley
- Mackerel Run
- Who Are You: School 2015
- Orange Marmalade
- Seonam Girls High School Detectives
- Secret Campus
- After School, Lucky or Not
- Sassy, Go Go
- The Heirs
- Class of Lies
- Moment at Eighteen
- Love Alarm
- Hip Hop King: Nassna Street
- Extraordinary You
- Sweet Revenge (Revenge Note) Season 1
- Extracurricular Korean Drama
- The Nurse School Files
- True Beauty 2020
27. "True Beauty"
This is a 2020 high school drama that tells the story of a girl who has an inferiority complex and experienced bullying at school. When she transfers to another school, she realizes that putting on make-up gives her so much confidence. At school, she meets two handsome guys who fall in love with her. Su-ho is the only guy at school who sees her bare face. And Seojun, who is related to Su-ho's past.
The three of them join in an adventure that unfolds their dark past and pain and seeks comfort from each other.
26. "The School Nurse Files"
This tells the story of two teachers who work together in order to protect their students. Eun Young is a new nurse teacher who has the special ability to see jelly like monsters. This creatures are made from human desires, feelings and spirits. While In Pyo, a Chinese language teacher has a special energy around him that helps himself protect from this harmful jellies.
This drama tells the story of three high school students who begins to create crimes in order to earn money. They soon face dangers as the consequences of their wrongdoing.
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Ji Soo is a model student who is now a criminal after committing an unthinkable act. Min Hee is a bully who gets caught up in Ji Soo's crime. And Gyu Ri is the partner in crime of Ji Soo on these dangerous activities.
24. "Sweet Revenge" ("Revenge Note") Season 1
This is a school drama that tells the story of a high schooler Ho Goo-hee, a self-proclaimed pushover. She discovers an app on her phone that will help her take revenge on anyone whose name she writes in it. The drama tackles bullying and the reality of student life at school with a bit of puppy love between the two lead characters.
23. "Extraordinary You"
This is a high-school romance fantasy drama based on the webtoon "July Found By Chance". It is comic, fun with heart-fluttering scenes from its hilarious fun-loving female lead and handsome manga alike male lead.
The story follows the life of a teen girl who discovers that she lived in a fantasy world of comics. Because she's not satisfied with her fate, she decided to change its plot and find her true love.
22. "Hip Hop King: Nassna Street" (2019)
Hip Hop King: Nassna Street surrounds the story of four youth who are influenced by the culture of hip hop music.
An 18-year-old highschool student Young Baek dreams of becoming a rapper. He decided to study and live in Seoul to pursue his love for music. He meets Ha-Jin an aspiring musical writer. Later on, he develops a special feeling for Ha-jin.
He also meet rapper Tae-Hwang and it's friend Ki-Ha who goes with the same school. Ki-ha and Young Baek become friends.
Hip Hop King
21. "Love Alarm" (2019)
In a world wherein technology plays a big factor in human lives, will a love alarm guide you to your destined love? This Korean drama revolves to the story of a love triangle between two boys and a hardworking girl who are always notified by a phone app every time the person who likes them is within 10 meters.
20. "Moment at Eighteen"
This is a 2019 youth oriented drama that portrays moments in the lives of eighteen-year-olds characters as they come across whirlwind of emotions. It follows the story of a transfer student who is not interested in school, as this brings him trauma from being expelled from bullying. The story narrates the life of the characters beautifully. This drama contains awareness that each one of us faced when growing up. Expect different twist from each episode.
19. "Class of Lies" (2019)
Also known as Mr. Temporary. This is a 2019 drama that stars Yoon Gyun-sang in the lead role. He plays the character of a lawyer with a high winning rate on court. He is known to only cares about money, but everything changes when he deals with a high school murder case. His reputation hits at the rock button. He then decided to become a temporary teacher into the high school so that he will regain his good name as a lawyer. He then discovers each student worst secret. This is a school drama with a touch of suspense, crime and mystery. It is extremely well written that you cannot guess what will happens next.
18. "Heartstrings" (2011)
This is a 2011 Korean musical drama that stars Park Shin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa in the lead roles and it's set in a performing arts university. It is a story about friendship and love that involves students from the Western music department and the traditional Korean music department.
Yong-hwa is the vocalist and guitarist of the famous band Stupid. He's in love with a professor at his school. He meets Shin Hye, who is from the traditional Korean music department and plays gayageum. In a world where two people have different views on life, will love find a way to bring them together?
17. "The Heirs" (2013)
The Heirs is a 2013 drama starring Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, and Kim Wo Bin in the lead roles. The story depicts the lives of elite students who have struggles in their teenage life such as falling in love, school problems, family-related problems, and being trained to inherit their families’ businesses. It is set in a school with characters that have different personalities. Unlike other school-related dramas that focus on bullying, this drama tackles not just their lives inside the school but also teen romance. Both Lee and Kim play rich students and former friends. On the other hand, Park plays the love interest of the two actors.
16. "Sassy, Go Go" (2015)
Sassy, Go Go is a 12-episode K-drama broadcasted by KBS2 in 2015. This stars Jung Eun-ji, Lee Won-keun, Cha Hak-yeon, Ji-soo, and Chae Soo-bin.
Sassy, Go Go depicts the lives of students who experience the harsh environment of school. Just like other school dramas, it deals with the real experiences that each student typically goes through. It also shows the importance of friendship and the love of teens.
15. "After School, Lucky or Not" (2013)
This is one of shortest K-dramas, and it is fun to watch with 12 episodes. It stars Kim So Eun, Seo Kang Joon, Kang Tae Oh, Hong Myung, Yoo Il, and Lee Tae Hwan.
The story is about a student named Kim So Eun who is known for having a timid personality and being an unadventurous girl. One day, she receives a note from an unknown person inviting her to the after school Lucky or Not Club. In the club, she meets five flower boys that choose her to be their leader. Every day, they draw a random slip of paper that contains a fantastical and extraordinary mission that the group must complete. This activity draws out Kim So Eun’s adventurous and bold side.
14. "Secret Campus" (2006)
If you are searching for a drama with Lee Min Ho before he gained stardom, then I recommend you watch Secret Campus. It was released in 2006 and was broadcast on EBS. Honestly, I only know Lee and Park Bo Young in this drama.
Secret Campus is about modern students who experience different problems and stress in school. It tells the story of the lives and the relationships of six students who have different dreams in life. This drama mainly focuses on the lives of teenagers who struggle to achieve their goals with their trials and tribulations.
13. "Seonam Girls High School Detectives" (2014)
This drama is not your typical high school or teenage drama that we have seen on television. It still involves students and the issues they face at home and at school. The plot is cliché, but it will surely attract viewers who love crime dramas. Also, the problems that are tackled here are not just about bullying. It features different issues which people might consider to be very sensitive.
The story of this drama revolves around five girls who are known as private high school detectives. They face problems such as school bullying, but together they help solve these problems one by one. I would highly recommend this drama not just to teenagers/students but also to parents and teachers so that they can understand the issues teens often deal with.
12. "Orange Marmalade" (2015)
Unlike other teen/high school dramas that are known for projecting issues that students face (such as bullying), Orange Marmalade is about the life of a student who is a vampire. So while this is another vampire drama, it mostly targets teen audiences.
The series is set in a world where humans and vampires co-exist. Vampires have evolved and no longer rely on human blood. However, humans are still afraid of them, and sometimes vampires feel discriminated by society. Baek Ma-ri transferred to another school where students have no idea that she is a vampire. But everything changed when she accidentally bites the neck of a popular boy named Jung Jae-min.
Baek Ma-ri becomes caught in a love triangle between another vampire student and Jae-min. Who will Ma-ri choose at the end? Human or vampire?
11. "Who Are You: School 2015" (2015)
Who Are You: School 2015 might sound familiar to you if you have watched its previous series. It is the sixth installment of KBS School series, which started to air from 1999 to 2002, then again in 2013. Basically, it features a familiar plot and characters, but it still depicts the life of every student in Korea. It might be cliché to some of you, but for those who want to understand more about the life of teenagers, this is a must-watch.
The story revolves around the life of two identical twins, Go Eun-Byul and Lee Eun-Bi (both played by actress Kim So Hyun), that were separated after one of them was adopted. Eun-bi lives at an orphanage, yet she still manages to focus on her studies. However, she is bullied in school. On the other hand, Eun-byul is the opposite. She is studying in a prestigious school in South Korea and is known for her mean personality.
A tragedy will change their lives. Lee Eun-Bi will end up pretending to be her sister. But what happens to Go Eun-Byul? How will Eun-Bi manage the fame of her sister? What if Eun-Bi meets the girl who bullies her? Will she act as Lee Eun-Bi or the mean Go Eun-Byul?
10. "Mackerel Run" (2007)
We have Mackerel Run starring Lee Min-Ho and Moon Chae-won. It was a year ago when I started to watch Lee Min-ho's dramas, and one of those dramas was MR. Though he is known for Boys Over Flowers, I highly recommend this teen drama to his fans.
Mackerel Run is a fun-filled high school series packed with irritating instructors, sappy affection stories, sports rivalries, passionate dismissals, schoolyard tormenting, and a great deal more. It was really a disgrace that the show finished so early and unexpectedly as the ending appeared to be hastily put together.
9. "Adolescence Medley" (2013)
This drama will bring back some of your high school memories. It is a very short drama with just four episodes yet it's so touching. I missed my high school life after watching this drama. Indeed, high school life is the most enjoyable and unforgettable stage in a person's life.
This show about students at a village high school was adapted from the webtoon of the same title written by Kwak In-geun, which was distributed on Daum WebToon from November 9, 2011 to February 29, 2012.
8. "To the Beautiful You" (2012)
It is a Korean version of the Taiwanese drama Hana Kimi. I know you are familiar with the cast, especially Sulli and Choi Min Ho, but I have to say that Sulli is very handsome in this drama. I am a super fan of the Taiwanese version which is why I watched this drama. There is no doubt Sulli can act well in different roles, especially acting like a boy.
I completed watching this series a year ago and have been watching K-dramas for some time now, and I have to say that this is one of the best ones I've seen. It's silly, decently scripted, and coordinated with awesome acting from its cast.
7. "Jungle Fish 2" (2010)
This is one drama I cherished watching. The series calls attention to everything that happens in secondary school. It mirrors the society that we have now. I love the nerve-wracking parts, especially when they are solving mysteries!
6. "Ma Boy" (2012)
I personally included this drama on my list because it has something that teens want. I mean the "kilig" feeling that will help you recall your high school life. But what makes this show different is that it has a boy who is pretending to be a girl. And honestly, the leads, Kim So-hyun and Sun Woong, are very beautiful. Sun Woong has the talent and ability to look and act like a girl, much like my idol GD.
This is one of the shortest teen dramas, but it's also one of the sweetest love stories. I highly recommend this to anyone into K-drama. Jang Geu Rim and Hyunwoo make a great couple.
5. "Hi! School: Love On" (2014)
After watching this drama I was really amazed at the actors in this series. It's not just about teens but an angel who falls in love with a human. And because of this drama, I am now a big fan of Kim Sae-ron and Nam Woohyun. If you consider yourself a K-drama fan, then you should watch this show.
Seriously, the early scenes are so charming! Although it’s true that it’s a bit unequal between light-hearted comedy and tackling serious issues towards the end, I think the sweet scenes at the beginning compensate for it! I am now falling in love with Nam Woohyun.
4. "White Christmas" (2011)
This is one of the best dramas I have watched. Granted, there were times when it was excessively farfetched, and it did have some dull moments. However, it was also loaded with suspense. I was always eager to see what would happen next.
Within the first few minutes, I sensed that this series was truly terrifying and troubling. It makes you think what you would do if you were in the situations presented. All things considered, I believe that each one of us has our own inner villain and this show demonstrates it consistently. The music just expanded on this feeling.
Each character was portrayed in a wonderful way. However, my favorite character is Kang Mireu. I truly appreciate watching Kim Woo Bin in diverse parts where he can show his abilities.
3. "Master of Study" (2010)
You will surely learn many life lessons in this drama. Like how you can achieve what you want as long as you are willing to learn, study hard, and have the will to survive your hardships. Maturity and setting goals in life will help a lot. In reality, we learn lessons from our teachers and it goes the same for them as well.
Pulip is so charming. She is a pleasant young lady, and she has incredible chemistry with Baek Hyun and Chan Doo. She makes an adorable couple with both of them. Her acting is great and the Korean people cherish her. I can easily understand why both gentlemen cherish her.
2. "Reply 1997" (2012)
This is one of the best Korean teen dramas I've seen. The drama deals with romantic love, but it also covers the love for family, friendship, and brotherhood. The acting is really great as well. Every scene touched my heart. Reply 1997 is funny, witty, creative, and has so many sweet and cute moments.
1. "School 2013" (2012)
The cast, plot, and touching moments made this drama very popular. The relationships displayed in the show truly made it worth watching. The pleasant and fantastic Nam Soo was a highlight, but the rest of the cast made this show as well.
There are two things that touched my heart while I watched this series. First, it realistically portrayed the relationship between teacher and student. It is truly difficult to work with delinquent students, yet Jung never gives up on her students. She generally gives great advise to her students who fall into bad situations. The second thing I found touching was the relationship between Park Heung Soo and Go Nam Soon. The relationship between these two fellows was truly more stronger than siblings.
More Recommended Korean High School Dramas
- Moorim School: This is a school drama set in a mysterious institute where the teachers teach about virtues such as honesty, faith, sacrifice, and communication. It is a drama where the characters have different personalities and their own stories.
- High School King of Savvy: This drama tells the story of a high school student who impersonates his brother in his new job. The lead character is set to be a student while being a high-ranking executive at the same time. What makes this drama worth watching is that it teaches the viewers how to balance school, a career, and your love life.
- Boys Over Flowers: This is the Korean adaptation of Meteor Garden and Hana Yori Dango. It tells the story of four boys and the one girl who will change their lives. This drama has a love triangle between the lead characters, just like what you’ve seen in the Taiwanese and Japanese version.
- Playful Kiss: This drama tells the story of a girl who has a crush on a famous, intelligent, and handsome guy in her school who happens to be the son of her father’s best friend.
It's Poll Time!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2015 Xhyniie
Cant find school 2015 on September 06, 2020:
Cant find school 2015 on youtube
Mari on August 19, 2020:
Most of these dramas you can watch on KissAsian
Sabrina on July 19, 2020:
Which app can i watch hip hop king; Nassna street
suna on July 19, 2020:
I really like the drama love alarm cant wait for season 2.
Munira on July 16, 2020:
I love this soaps but why is sweet revenge 2 complicated it has no end
Taofy kenny on June 26, 2020:
I love this films ,they are super interesting
Gerallyn Jade on April 08, 2020:
Have you already watch School 2017 Kdrama?
Dorothy on March 31, 2020:
Where you can watch other korean movie,except in viki,viu,and iqiyi??
Sophie on March 28, 2020:
You can watch cool dramas like these on a website called drama cool :)
Sam on March 25, 2020:
May i know by which app i can see all this drama? Can u give me some advise pls!
Mizirau on March 25, 2020:
I looking for a school drama that you can search in youtube with full episode and thats all i hope u read this
Maduekwe judith on March 19, 2020:
Am looking for a video
Debora on March 12, 2020:
Love alrm is the best one on here I CANT WAIT FOR SEASON 2 yall ive been waiting for a long long tie for it
And both dream high 1 and 2 are good too you should watch all three of these shows.
Deb on March 12, 2020:
Love Alarm is the best one o her I CANT WAIT FOR SEASON 2 yaaayyyy
Drake on February 25, 2020:
Has anyone watched "Somehow 18".Its the best.
hemika on February 18, 2020:
the best of best is the big boss 1 and 2. A Chinese drama. LMFAO watching it.
abby on February 07, 2020:
who are you
high school love on
I've Aquasi on January 31, 2020:
Ilike this korean drama
lee bin soo on November 30, 2019:
mine is all i just like them
emma on November 09, 2019:
My favourite are
1 Hi school love on
2Weight lifting fairy kim bok jo
3 Good morning call
4 Mischevious kiss
5 Love alarm
Yook's Girl on November 04, 2019:
It's still "School 2015: Who Are You" for me. My most favorite Kdrama at all time. It worths watching 5 times. I did that.
Anindita on October 21, 2019:
The Heirs will always remain my all time favorite K-drama
Ava on October 16, 2019:
LOVE ALARM IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE MY FAVOURITE!! IT’S JUST TOO GOOD!!
Fenny on September 22, 2019:
My top 5
1. Reply 1997
2. School 2015 who are you
3. Love alarm
4. Weightlifting kim bok jo
5. The heirs
lily on August 31, 2019:
FINALLY, SOMEONE GIVES SCHOOL 2013 THE RECOGNITION IT DESERVES.
LOVE ALARM on August 27, 2019:
love alarm is an amazing kdrama
NEED LOVE ALARM SEASON 2!! PLEASE on August 24, 2019:
LOVE ALARM IS NOW MY FAV KDRAMA
Mayang on August 01, 2019:
Dream high also the best high school drama I ever watch
Pearl on July 06, 2019:
I love kdramas they are just good like really good
Kdramas are the reason why im into K-pop soo thank you ( :
Althea on July 03, 2019:
If you're more into teen romance and a bit drama with great actors and amazing storyline then watch School 2015, The Heirs and Cheese in the Trap. These 3 are the best unlike the other mentioned with so-so acting, slow-paced and boring plot.
Sandhya on June 04, 2019:
I love kdrama ..high school love on is the best drama i hv recently watched..Nam woohyn❤ and kim saeron
Hi on June 03, 2019:
Y is school 2017 not on the list? Its my fave High school drama after weightlifting fairy
Handel on May 14, 2019:
WAHHHHH, MA BOI is so kilig!!! By the way, I noticed that the writer used a tagalog term on the description so I know you're a Filipino like me. I watched Ma Boi because of your blog, thanks a lot! I'm so in love with Kim Sun Woong ;)
min on April 29, 2019:
i recommend you guys to watch When we were young 2018 it's very beautiful and amazing it does not only focus on high school love stories but it also have the story about friendship and family
X624 on March 29, 2019:
I LOVE KDRAMAS BUT I LIKE HIGH SCHOOL SWEAT HEARTS MORE
Syazwina on February 08, 2019:
I really really love The Heirs!! I can't forget how charming Lee Min Ho are!!
:) on January 05, 2019:
a teen is a recent web drama its rlly cute and good
X on December 08, 2018:
this is the best episode kdaraamaa schools!
samuel on December 05, 2018:
mackerel run the best i have watched
Aaisyah on October 26, 2018:
You can easily watch all of these dramas with subtitles at kissasian.
Amy on October 01, 2018:
Recommend A Love So Beautiful. Best one I've seen!
Ellie on September 03, 2018:
I really like high school love on!It is very nice!Yehh...
Abbs on August 25, 2018:
does anyone know what that drama was called, the one where the mediocre "ugly" girl was dating the handsome popular guy at school? I saw a trailer for it and it looked soooo good but I can't remember the darn name. there was a scene where she was handing out flyers in a costume thats all i remember
May Sitt Min on August 23, 2018:
Where can I watch Moorim School with english subtitle and full episodes?
Jen on July 23, 2018:
Hahahaha Why is the Secret Campus Video a wrong one
Lorens on May 09, 2018:
I really love high school love on !! It so amazing..
Flip on April 08, 2018:
Monstar is one of the best also
Secret on January 05, 2018:
Sassy go go, Moorim school, and PLAYFUL KISS. I really love these dramas.
kai on September 04, 2017:
dude Hana Kimi isn't Taiwanese, it's Japanese
Chrissy on July 17, 2017:
The drama is Reply 1997 where the student's brother is a teacher at the school but they pretend not to know each other.
You can watch Orange Marmalade on the websites www.dramacool.es & www.kissasian.com.
I became a fan of Kdrama when out of curiosity I came across DramaFever and proceeded to watch 'My Princess '. I didn't finish watching the series but early last year started watching Kdramas in a big way. My favourite soon became Boys Over Flowers &a fav character Ji Hoo. Thanks for your info. I will visit again
Jade on April 23, 2017:
Can you put more Korean high school dramas
Rales on April 06, 2017:
OMG I couldn't vote between high school love on and to the beautiful you I literally love this too drama I want a SEASON TWO
Jia on February 21, 2017:
dream high season 2
priya on December 27, 2016:
Boys over flowers is the best Korean drama I have ever watchedwatched
van on December 23, 2016:
The year 2016-2017 has a great deal of romantic dramas lined up in the Korean drama and movie scenes. Korean drama series are not similar to the regular drama series. They have a unique twist which makes them interesting and captivating. They comprise of miniseries, with each series telling a certain specific story. Every drama series has about 16-20 episodes each with a definitive story line.
nimna on December 18, 2016:
I love very much the series "BOYS OVER FIOWERS" it's my most favourite K .drama ever and ever!!
prinscell on September 12, 2016:
i like all k drama they are all AWESOME!
... on August 11, 2016:
I actually liked hslo but when it went deeper on to the story.... Bleh
EkkaKikWiw on July 18, 2016:
Why wasn't orange marmalade there OMG
sarang on July 09, 2016:
i really love high school love on
nana on June 24, 2016:
I personally think that school 2015 is the best. Although its story is about bullying, the plot per episodes are pretty interesting. The romance is not too overwhelming, just as simple as high school romance normally. It's nice to finally found it because I watched some hi-school drama before and most of them were too cheesy (for me). I was really amazed by the actress as she acted very well and got into the story.
salii on May 26, 2016:
you forgot lee min ho drama the heirs and boy before flower
Ruby limbu on May 22, 2016:
you guys should really watch CHEER UP SASSY GO GO
WHY?? because it's funny, there's high school romance, and the story is more than just amazing. BUT to be more specific, it also tells us about friendship and life.
AND recently i finished SCHOOL 2015 and i can't get over it. At first i thought it was quite depressing because it focussed so much on bullying and stuffs but TRUST ME once you watch it you'll want more and more
yanyan on May 22, 2016:
I LOVE HSLO
Krisianne on May 19, 2016:
Who are you: School 2015! :)
Gggg on May 08, 2016:
Reply1997 is sooooo good and if you've watched it, watch the sequel reply 1994 with a complete new set of characters and a different story. And reply1988 which is third one which I consider to be the best with the best characters and storyline
Park Maria on April 24, 2016:
High School love on daebak! I admit that I vote it since I'm an Inspirit :) But I swear to you guys It's really worth to watch :)
Nam Jan Han on April 19, 2016:
School 2015 is the best. ❤️
Kim Miah on April 10, 2016:
My vote goes to hi school love on because it was really my favorite but look hi school love on got the highest votes and ratings
Damiane on April 10, 2016:
I vote hi school love on is the best teenage Korean drama ❤️
hanna on April 09, 2016:
i really love High school love on!! oh my..... super kilig!!
Xhyniie (author) from Alegria on March 25, 2016:
@Qammarh - You should also watch the Taiwanese and Japanese version which is Hana Kimi. I'm sure you will love it.
Qammarh on March 25, 2016:
i vote to the beautiful you. I love that movie
KPOPfan on March 25, 2016:
Heartsrings also and Dream High :)
jannah almazar on March 16, 2016:
i vote school 2013
stalker on March 02, 2016:
you forgot lee min ho's and Park shin hye's The Heirs -.-
peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 02, 2016:
I want to watch school 2015, gonna find the video at drama nice
Xhyniie (author) from Alegria on February 24, 2016:
@you can watch it viki.
Jra on February 21, 2016:
Where can i watch "orange madalade" ? I cant find it on youtube.
@Jay Zabala on February 19, 2016:
reply 1997 it is
Jay Zabala on February 02, 2016:
Can you help me remember the title of a particular kdrama about students where one of the characters lives with his brother who happens to be a teacher at his school?