How to Survive High School in The Sims 4 High School Years


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  • Copperdale High: Your School Day
  • Socialization: applications and activities

In The Sims 4 High school years, all work and no play makes you a boring Sim. Part of the fun of experiencing high school with your Sims is the ability to balance preparing for exams, becoming head cheerleader, and building a thriving fashion empire, all while staying under your parents’ roof.

Related: The Sims 4: Teenage Aspirations, Explained

However, there is more to a school than just bombarding the class bully. From working up the courage to ask your crush out to winning a medal on Football Sports Day, here’s your guide to surviving Copperdale High.

Copperdale High: Your School Day

Pick up those pencils and notebooks, because class is in session.

From nine in the morning until three-thirty in the afternoon, your teenage Sims will set off for Copperdale High School for a day of learning and mischief. If you choose to go with them, you’ll be getting off the school bus and onto the quad in no time. Welcome to your first day of school!



A normal day will include free time in the morning followed by a morning class. Then there’s lunch recess, which lasts just over two hours – plenty of time to finish that late homework before you get stuck in your afternoon class.

Try to attend all the classes you can! Not only will your Sim gain valuable skills that will carry over into adulthood, but getting caught skipping class will see your grades plummet. Plus, you’re sure to get slapped with a big detention assignment. Good luck explaining this to your coach.

Sometimes you will have Special activities during class hours such as:

  • Career Day: professionals come to discuss employment opportunities with the students. Participating in this day and completing career day goals will give your Sim a solid Confident mood.
  • Sports day: On different days, the cheerleading and football teams will organize activities in the quad where you can compete against your peers for medals. Those with higher fitness skills tend to do better here!
  • Fire drill: In the middle of class, don’t be surprised if a fire truck pulls up outside as the student begins to exit. Participating in fire drills will help your Sim spring into action if a fire breaks out on their lot in the future!
  • Reviews: On Friday you will take your final exams instead of your afternoon course. Make sure you don’t skip this one – it could be the difference between a pass and a sending off!
  • After school activities: Whether you’re a footballer, cheerleader, computer geek or chess guru, there’s something for everyone in Copperdale’s comprehensive after-school list.

Go to the ball

At the end of each week (unless it falls on a holiday, for those of us who have the Seasons expansion pack), your Sim has the option to attend Prom with their crush or with a friend.

promises and feelings

You can make a proposal sign to present to your crush, asking them to accompany you to prom if words aren’t enough. Be warned that even if you have a crush on another student, it may not be reciprocated.

Try to figure out their messy romantic interests before professing your undying love, or you might be left out. If in doubt, it might be wiser to ask them as a friend rather than a date.

ball court

When you get to Prom, be sure to submit your vote for Prom Royalty before you snag a punch. A Prom Queen, King or Jester can be chosen, so if you want to be crowned before the whole school, you will have to be relatively popular on campus.

And hey, even if you’re not chosen, there’s still plenty of time to dance the night away – and, of course, attend the after-party.

skip the ball

If streamers and spiked punches aren’t your bag, you can always remove Prom entirely. Select a Sim of your choice and choose the “Promise to Skip the Ball Together” option in the Friendly Interactions menu. This will show up in your partner in crime information panel when you check your relationship status.

When Prom is happening, be sure to select the ‘Skip the ball’ option to avoid dropping your bestie.

‘Cause Prom is like, then lame.

Socialization: applications and activities

There’s more to life than good hair and good grades. If you’re looking to kill time between classes or on weekends, High School Years offers a host of killer activities to ensure your Sim never gets bored.

Social Rabbit and Trendii

Social Rabbit is the social networking application that everyone has in The Sims 4. Through it, you can interact with your classmates by tagging them in posts or sending them direct messages. Your tone can be affectionate, friendly or even mean – it all depends on how you want your relationship to progress.

Use Trendii to browse and sell hot new outfits purchased from the thrift store, Thrift-Tea, which doubles as a boba tea shop. It’s a great place to hang out after school with friends, letting you check out the latest trends to find a style that best matches your Sim’s personality.

If you hope to take your passion for fashion to stratospheric heights as a Simulatortry hype up your outfits to forward-thinking pals and gauge their reactions. Positive replies have real-time effects on trending trends, so you never know: your threads could end up on the subject on everyone’s lips in just a few days!

Goof at school

On the first day of school, be sure to claim your locker and let the games begin!

Sims with at least level 1 nonsense can interact with their classmates’ lockers, planting stink bombs to catch their unsuspecting marks. You can even design your locker to suit your aesthetic, from grunge to kawaii and beyond.

Once your mischief level is high enough, you will be able to spread baddies urban legends on the campus. To play with your friends, click on the “Chat Urban Legend” option in the Mischief interactions menu. Be careful though – captions aren’t always as harmless as they seem.

If you see a Sim standing with their arms outstretched, be sure to ask them what T Posing is. They’ll explain it off as a silly viral trend on Social Bunny, and the next time you see someone performing the T Pose Challenge, your Sim can join them! What better way to piss off your normal teachers than with an obscure social media joke they’ll never understand?

Hang out at the fairgrounds

Overlooking the sapphire waters of Copperdale is Plumbite Pier, with a Ferris wheel, a haunted house and a tunnel of love. Meet friends here and grab an ice cream before heading to the riverside hangout – now it’s a laid back weekend.

You can even sneak out after curfew if you are lucky enough to be invited to a party with your friends. To sneak out of curfew, make sure you have an open window on the lot to sneak in, or just wait until your parents are sound asleep before heading out the front door.

Successfully sneaking up grants positive moods, while getting caught will make your Sim angry, embarrassed, or just plain wiped out.

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