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Public School
Specialists 1 Scientist
Production Cost 300
Maintenance 3
Unlocked at Scientific Theory

The Public School is a building available in the Industrial Era.

Game Info[]

Building a Public School requires a University or any of its replacements.

  • +3 Science Science
  • +1 Science Science for every 2 Citizens
  • Has 1 slot for a Scientist Specialist

With Social Policies / Tenets:

  • Sovereignty (Rationalism): +1 Gold Gold
  • Academy of Sciences (Order): +1 Happy Happiness


A public school provides free pre-university education to a civilization's children. This is a fairly advanced concept. First, the civilization must believe that education is important, and that educating the poor is not a threat to the ruling class. Second, the civilization must be wealthy enough so that the children of the poor do not need to work to fend off starvation. And finally, the civilization must be enlightened enough to be willing to expend some of its public revenue providing the education. Most countries in the world today provide some level of public education for their young. The first American public grade schools opened during the Colonial era. The first public high school was opened in Boston in 1821.

Unique Building Replacements[]

Icon Building Civilization Yields
Biblioteca Popular Argentina (Domingo Sarmiento)
  • +2 CultureIcon Culture.
  • +2 additional Science Science.
  • 50% cheaper to construct in cities with a garrisoned unit.
  • Boosts the Capital Capital's own Science Science and CultureIcon Culture output by +1.
Casa de Educación New Granada (Francisco Santander)
  • -30 Production Production cost (270 vs. 300)
  • Yields +1 Science Science and CultureIcon Culture for each Merchant and Engineer Specialist in the City.
Freedmen's School America (Ulysses Grant)
  • Yields an additional +1 Science Science for every 2 citizens in cities with a Courthouse, or during a Goldenage Golden Age.
Grande École France (Napoleon III)
  • Upon construction, may choose a specialization: 
    • École Normale Superieure: +20% Greatperson Great Person generation and 1 Scientist specialist slot
    • École Polytechnique: +10 Experience for units and 1 Engineer specialist slot
    • Conservatoire National: +15% Production Production towards Buildings and 1 Merchant specialist slot
Halkevleri Turkey (Ataturk)
  • Provides no base Science Science.
  • Reduces this city's FaithIcon Faith by 25%, and converts the remaining amount into Science Science.
  • +2 Goldenage Golden Age points from Specialists in this city.
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Royal Academy Sweden-Norway (Oscar II)
  • Costs less maintenance
  • Has a slot for an Artist Specialist and a Writer Specialist
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State Litsey Ukraine (Pavlo Skoropadskyi)
  • Does not require University.
  • Transforms 10% of the city's Science Science into Happy Happiness.
State School Austria (Joseph II)
  • Provides an Engineer and a Merchant specialist after completion
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