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In Classroom of the Elite, the students of Class D are on the bottom rung of the school’s social ladder, hoping to get to the top. But they may not be aware that there’s more than one way to pull it off.

[Note: This article contains spoilers for Classroom of the Elite.]

Classroom of the Elite is a series that takes place in a fictional school in Japan. Closed off from the rest of the world, the school is its own mini society with its own currency and where classes are divided into ranks from A to D like the rungs of a social ladder. The higher a class is in ranking, the more students earn every month in “private points.” One private point is equivalent to one yen in real life and points can be spent to buy anything, even the points in a test to avoid getting a failing grade.

Classroom of the Elite Gives Its Teenage Characters a Heavy Dose of Reality

The school’s society mirrors the outside world at large. Students in the lower, “poorer” rankings face an uphill battle in everything they do. The entire system is essentially geared to reward the higher ranking elite class(es), while lower class(es) are stuck in a virtually inescapable hole.

The main heroine of the series, Suzune Horikita, is a highly capable girl who, likely due to her personality flaws, has found herself stuck in Class D. Strong and determined, she has vowed to raise her class’ standing so that they will eventually reach the rank of A. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. No matter how smart or capable she herself is, if her classmates perform poorly, it reflects on the class’ standing overall. Her only hope of raising her class’ standing, it seems, is to reform all of her classmates so that their grades and general attitude improve.

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Sadly, the system is stacked against her. Students in lower ranking classes receive fewer private points, and thus have less to spend on quality items, leading to more stress and poorer grades. From the start of school, students have already been divided with the outcasts and potential problem students all packed into Class D making for a class that is set for failure right out of the gate.

There is, however, another way.

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Every episode is formatted like your standard anime. Intro, opening theme, A part, commercial break, B part, ending. At the end of the A part, right at the commercial break, there is an episode divider where rules of the school are displayed. Some of these are basic explainers, like in episode two where it states: “In the school, each class is designated Class Points. Class Points increase and decrease based on the students’ daily attitude or results for special tests. On the first of every month, every student receives their class’ Class Points x 100 Private Points.”

As stated above, Private Points can be used to buy anything in this school. It turns out that that includes the privilege for an individual to change classes. In episode seven we are shown an alternate solution to Suzune’s quest. The rule states: “Students may purchase the right to transfer to another class of their choosing. The number of Private Points required for this purchase is 20,000,000 points.” That’s right, it is possible to literally buy one’s way up the social ladder.

Obviously, this is not an easy task. 20 million points is not a sum that one will be able to easily obtain. For reference, Class D’s Class Point score at the end of episode seven is 87 points. It would take someone over 191 years to earn enough Private Points, and that’s not taking into account expenses for food and other necessities.

That said, there are other ways to earn Private Points than just the monthly salary from the school. As seen in a previous episode, the B Class student, Honami Ichinose, has over two million Private Points in her account, not an amount one can save up through normal means. For Suzune, who dreams of becoming an A Class student, saving up 20 million points might just be an easier task than reforming her classmates and gradually rising through the ranks of the school while the other classes conspire to keep D Class at the bottom. We’ve already seen that she would be willing to let her classmates be expelled if it will help further her cause. I wonder what will happen once she discovers this rule. Then again, perhaps she already has.

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Classroom of the Elite can be viewed with English subtitles on Crunchyroll, and with English dialogue on FUNimation.

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