Wu's Academy (formerly Darkley's Boarding School for Bad Boys, then Darkley's Boarding School for Great Children) is a school near Ninjago City that taught its students the ways of villainy, shaping them into the next generation of evil overlords.
Eventually, the school taught the students the ways of good rather than evil, causing the students to revolt against the school.
The Tall Tale of Clancee (non-canon)
Clancee was too obsessed about becoming a pirate and left this school.
Prior to Rise of the Snakes
Misako would drop off her son, Lloyd, at Darkley's in hopes of protecting him while she studied the prophecy for the Final Battle, having anticipated his destiny as the Green Ninja and hoping to avert it. Growing up in the school, Lloyd would become a rather incompetent, if an aspiring, student, often running off to pull harmless pranks that he pretended were acts of villainy.
Eventually, after being harassed by Finn, the school bully, Lloyd was kicked out of the school due to his lack of skill. Shortly afterward, Kruncha and Nuckal became enrolled as staff members, substituting for the teachers from time to time.
When Lloyd first met Pythor, Pythor questioned why he ran away from the boarding school, in which Lloyd told him that he was actually kicked out for "lacking the immoral ambition of becoming one of tomorrow's masterminds." Pythor deceptively told Lloyd that he never should have intended to go to that school in the first place, and they should seek out vengeance instead. Manipulated, Lloyd agreed, and together the two ambushed the school, holding all of the students and staff members hostage, rigging the building with traps in anticipation of the ninja. The ninja, wary of their attacks, used the anchor of the Destiny's Bounty to drop through the roof and all of the floors, before making their way up, freeing the students and teachers and confronting the duo on the rooftop. Deciding Lloyd had lost his use, Pythor promptly stole the Map of Dens and escaped.
Sometime afterward, the school eventually underwent several extensive reforms, being changed to instead teach goodness as a result of unknown circumstances. Enraged, Kruncha, Nuckal, and the rest of the staff quit in protest, resulting in Noble and several others replacing them.
The ninja received a letter informing them that their last visit to the school had turned the students good and that Lloyd was invited to get an honorary degree. However, upon arriving, the ninja found out that Gene, Brad Tudabone, and the other kids at the school had overthrown the new teachers (the old teachers were too committed to evil) and taken them hostage, hoping to "undo the damage" that Lloyd had done to himself and the school's reputation by becoming good. When the evil ninja arrived at the school, at first the students wanted to help them, but they ended up deciding to team up with Lloyd and help the ninja defeat their evil counterparts instead. The students were successful in aiding them by disguising themselves as the ninja to confuse the evil ninja, and the staff was freed, reconciling with the children and settling their differences.
Following the Overlord's initial defeat at Lloyd's hands, Noble went on to become a warden at Kryptarium Prison, and Master Wu took possession of the school and renamed it "Wu's Academy." The ninja, with the exception of the school's former student Lloyd, became staff members alongside Dareth and Nya.
Although the school did well, it became clear that the four ninja did not enjoy their job: the students were undisciplined, and the teachers barely received any respect (Zane at one point was forcibly controlled by Brad thanks to an Ultra-Remote from New Ninjago City). Later, the students were invited to go on a field trip to Borg Industries, but when the Overlord returned to wreak havoc, the students were evacuated back to the school by Nya, who frantically searched for Lloyd, only to come across a lounging Dareth instead.
Following the loss of Zane and the temporarily split-up of the ninja team, Nya went back to the academy, hoping to resume teaching.
At one point, Kai visited the school to see Nya, but he rejected the idea of resuming teaching without the other ninja. After talking with Nya, Kai saw a flyer for the Ninjago Ice Rink on the school's bulletin board, which inspired him to get a job at the ice rink.
Weeks later, Lloyd visited the academy to ask Nya about Kai's whereabouts.
Known faculty (all formerly)
- Kruncha (substitute teacher, quit in protest)
- Nuckal (substitute teacher, quit in protest)
- Noble (principal)
- Master Wu (headmaster)
- Kai (history teacher)
- Zane (science teacher)
Known students (all formerly)
- 27. "The Surge"
- 48. "The Temple on Haunted Hill" (pictured)
- 2. "The Tall Tale of Clancee" (non-canon)
- 9. "Prophecy of the Green Ninja" (mentioned)
- The uniforms are based on the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts school uniforms, specifically the 2010 variant.
- The school can be seen in a picture in the Temple of Airjitzu in "The Temple on Haunted Hill".
- According to Tommy Andreasen, the school was closed down after the Nindroid crisis due to its students being endangered. However, it was open in A Team Divided, which takes place after the Nindroid crisis. Coupled with the fact that students wearing their uniforms are seen several times throughout the following seasons, it can be assumed that the school did remain open, at least for some time.
- A building similar to this one is seen in the opening and closing credits of Season 7: The Hands of Time, with its color scheme resembling the school's concept art, but it is not the same building.
- The school has been named various ways throughout different media:
- It's called "Sensei Wu's Academy" in Season 3 but simply "Wu's Academy" in the Dark Island Trilogy, Part 2 Episode Guide page for "The Surge," as the term "Sensei" had since been replaced by "Master." Seeing as there is an image of the "Sensei Wu's Academy" sign on the same page, this name was likely used instead of "Master Wu's Academy" to avoid confusion and to avoid having the page contradict itself.
- It's spelled as "Darkly's" on LEGO.com, in the synopsis for "Double Trouble," and in the Dark Island Trilogy, Part 1 Episode Guide.
- It's called "Wu's Youth Academy" in Attack of the Nindroids.
- Tommy Andreasen's early notes for Chamille, the Elemental Master of Form, included that she at one point took the disguise of a 10-year-old student named "Mikey Glover" to learn the ways of the truly despicable at Darkley's but left when it became a school for Great Children.
The images on Wu's Academy need to be organized.
- Dark Island Trilogy, Part 2 Episode Guide
- "The Stone Army"
- Lloyd Garmadon's Blog
- "Never Trust a Snake"