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I hear they are the breeding ground for the truly despicable. And if you ask me, ho-ho, you are a handful.

Wu's Academy[1] (formerly Darkley's Boarding School for Bad Boys, then Darkley's Boarding School for Great Children) is a building near Ninjago City. It was a school 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.

For a brief time after the Final Battle, Darkley's was run by Master Wu before he retired.


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.[2] 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,[3] 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.[4]

Rise of the Snakes

Upon meeting Lloyd for the first time in Jamanakai Village, Cole stated that he must have escaped his Boarding School for Bad Boys again.

Never Trust a Snake

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.

Double Trouble

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.

The Surge

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.

A Team Divided

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)

Known students (all formerly)


Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Season 1: Rise of the Snakes

Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja

Season 3: Rebooted

Season 5: Possession

Tall Tales



An example of the Hogwarts school uniform

  • 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 Nindroid crisis due to its students being endangered.[5] 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.[6]
  • 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,[7] 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.[8]


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In Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Concept Art




Abandoned village · Anacondrai Tomb · Arctic (non-canon) · Birchwood Forest · Blackwood Forest · Blind Man's Eye · Billy Badlands · Boiling Sea · Borg Tower vaults · Bottomless pit · Castle of Ice · Caves of Despair · Cemetery of Souls · Chen's camp · Chen's Island · Chrono Crater (non-canon) · Coastal village · Constrictai Tomb · Corridor of Elders · Crashcourse Canyon · Crystal Caves · Dark Island · Dead's End · Dead Man's Squall · Delta V · Digger's Deep · Digiverse · Dream World (non-canon) · Dungeons of Shintaro · Echo Canyons · Endless Sea · Fangpyre Tomb · Firstbourne's nest · Floating Ruins · Forest of Tranquility · Frozen Ice Pond · Frozen Wasteland · Geckle courthouse · Geckle Strong-Cave · Glacier Barrens · Glacier Island (non-canon) · Golden Peaks · Hall of Villainy · Haunted Hill · Hiroshi's Labyrinth · Hollow's Bluff · Hono Mizu · Hypnobrai Tomb · Ice Cave · Ice labyrinth · Ignacia · Island of the Keepers · Jamanakai Village · Jankikai Jungle · Keepers' Village · Kingdom of Shintaro · Lightning Lagoon · Mala-Wojira · Manifestation Gate · The Mechanic's headquarters · The Mechanic's warehouse · Mega Monster Amusement Park · Merlopia · Metalonia · Mines of Shintaro · Mino Pit · Mount of Eternal Shadows · Mountain of a Million Steps · Mountain of Madness · Mountains of Impossible Height · Munce arena · Munce Home-Cave · Ninjago (LEGO Universe) (non-canon) · Ninjago City · Ninjago Harbor · Ninjago Park · Ninjago wharfs · Nom · No Man's Bluff · Oni land · Oni stronghold · Ouroboros · Outer space · The Pit · Primeval's Eye · Pyramid (Desert of Doom) · Pyramid (Sea of Sand) · Repo yard · Rift of Return · River of Darkness · Rock-Bottom · Route 23 · Samurai X Cave · Sea of Sand · Shadow Bay · Shintaro · Palace gardens · Spinjago (non-canon) · Spirit Coves · Stiix · Stone Army Vault · Storm belt · Story cave · Tallest mountain of Ninjago · Tartarus Trench · Temporal vortex · The Teeth · Tiger Widow Island · Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master · Torchfire Mountain · Toxic Bogs · Uncharted jungle · Venomari Tomb · Vermillion Swamps · Village in the valley · Wailing Alps · Wildwood Forest

Buildings and establishments

Anacondrai Temple · Benny's Arcade Emporium · Biker Tavern · Borg Industries · Borg Store · Borg Tower · Buddy's Pizza · Cell one · Chan's Theater · Chen's Coliseum · Chen's monastery · Chen's Royal Arena · Chen's Palace · Cliff Gordon's estate · Concert Hall · Dairy Dragon · Dareth's apartment · Dareth's TV studio · Darnagom Enterprises · Dragon's Forge · Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk · Explorers Club · First Spinjitzu Master's house · Fire Temple · Four Weapons Blacksmith · Fur Mart · Garmadon's Dark Fortress · Garbage depot · Garmadon's monastery · Gas station · Grand Sensei Dareth's Mojo Dojo · Hanging Temple · Hero's Suite · Hidden workshop · Hiroshi Labyrinth Stronghold · Ice Temple · Kiddie Arcade · Kryptarium Prison · Laughy's · Library of Domu · Lighthouse · Lloyd's treehouse fortress · Marty Oppenheimer School of Performing Arts · Monastery of Spinjitzu · Mystake's tea shop · Ninjago City Aquarium · Ninjago City Bank · Ninjago City Hospital · Ninjago City Police Station · Ninjago City Prison · Ninjago Doomsday Comix · Ninjago Metro · Ninjago Museum of History · Noodle factory · Old electronics warehouse · Oni Temple · Palace (Merlopia) · Palace (Shintaro) · Ronin's pawn shop · Royal Palace · Skull Keep · Serpentine's underground fortress · Sewers · Steep Wisdom · Steeper Wisdom (non-canon) · Temple of Airjitzu · Temple of Fortitude · Temple of Light · Temple of Madness · Temple of Resurrection · Temple of Wojira · Tower of Tears (non-canon) · Twitchy Tim's shop · Underground library · Vast Industries · Vermillion Dome of Doom · Vlad Tutu's dance class · Wind Farms Power Station · Wong's Costume · Wu's Academy · Yang Tavern

Prime Empire

Battle arena · Disco · Fire wall · Forest of Discontent · Gamer's Market · Glitch · Infinity maze · Okino's house · Place of swords · Scott's garage · Shifty's table · Side-scrolling platforms · Sushimi's sushi restaurant · Terra Karana · Terra Technica · Terra Domina


Chima · Cloud Kingdom · Cursed Realm · Departed Realm · Djinjago · Never-Realm · Ninjago · Realm of Madness · Realm of Oni and Dragons · Underworld


Ethereal Divide

The LEGO Ninjago Movie locations

Ninjago · Ninjago City · Bridge of Fallen Mentors · Canyon of General Unhappiness · Firing Room · Garmadon's Volcano Lair · Ham's shop · Jungle of Lost Souls · Koko's apartment · Lost Generals' Lair · Ninja Mech Garage · Ninjago Beach · Ninjago High School · Ninjago Tower · Temple of Fragile Foundations · Wu's temple