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Mrs. Puff's Boating School is Bikini Bottom's local boat-driving school, where Mrs. Puff teaches students how to drive. Her school is run more like an elementary school classroom than a driver's education facility. It first appears in the episode "Boating School."

SpongeBob has attended the school ever since it was founded, and he is Mrs. Puff's only student who has never passed. He loves school and always aces the oral and written exams, but whenever he has to drive a boat, he gets reckless and usually causes mass destruction of the boating school.


The boating school features the main building, a lighthouse, and a driving course. The lighthouse is at the school. The track features a parking lot for the boats used in the tests. The track is sponsored by ½ Shell, a Bikini Bottom gas station (a parody of Shell gas stations).

In some episodes, the school is a one-room place; however, in others, it is a full academy. The school features the Hallway of Learning, which includes the Fountain of Learning, the Lockers of Learning, the Stairs of Learning and the Stairs. The hallway also features a trophy display case.

There are many classrooms and teachers such as Mrs. Flounder, who is a teacher working here. Mrs. Puff's classroom includes a chalkboard, a Good Noodle Board, Roger's glass box, the teacher's desk, ten student desks, and the supply closet. Mrs. Puff's desk is in front of the chalkboard. It features some other students' desks, including an empty, broken-down desk in the very back of the room where the bad students sit as seen on "New Student Starfish." At the back of the room, there is a hand-drawn picture of the Boating School track and 2 emergency exits. There is also a supply closet, which is next door of the classroom, behind the chalkboard. The classes commonly begin at 9:00 a.m. (as seen in the episode "New Student Starfish"). In "Hall Monitor", students go home at 2:05 p.m. and in "Summer Job" it shows they go home at 3:00 PM.

Even though the school is a boating school, there are many characteristics of the school which make it seem more like an average grade school. This includes having a Hall Monitor ("Hall Monitor"), having hallways, outdoor lunch periods, trophy cases, recess, school pictures, school bells, field trips ("Procrastination" and "Nautical Novice"), and the good noodle board. Also, SpongeBob is seen wearing a backpack in the episode "New Student Starfish."

In the book, Class Confusion, a substitute temporarily takes over for Mrs. Puff. SpongeBob and a classmate, Horace, switch places. Horace initially passes SpongeBob through school, enabling him to drive, which flabbergasts Mrs. Puff. In the end, the truth is revealed, and everything returns to normal.

In "New Student Starfish," there were twenty-four students, the greatest number of students. The student enrollment minimum number is nine. In "Hall Monitor," there were also more than nine.

Building damages

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Mrs. Puff after SpongeBob crashes into lighthouse
Mrs. Puff: "Oh, SpongeBob, why?"

The school has been damaged in numerous ways.

  • "Boating School": SpongeBob crashed into the lighthouse tower, which topples to the ground, twice.
  • "Dying for Pie": The lighthouse tower can be seen in the aerial shot of Bikini Bottom. It is destroyed by the bomb.
  • "Doing Time": SpongeBob destroyed all the structures then went on to the city.
  • "No Free Rides": SpongeBob tries to rush through the exam and crashes in front of the school's main building.
  • "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired": SpongeBob drives into a gas can, obliterating the entire boating school facility in a mushroom-radius explosion.
  • "The Hot Shot": Though little damage was done, SpongeBob crashes into the school after speeding in one of racing legends Tony Fast's racing boats while being in the car with Tony Fast Jr..
  • "Demolition Doofus": At the end of the episode, the entire building gets demolished due to Mrs. Puff's psychotic rampage after she drives a giant monster boat into the school and crashes into the classroom.
  • "Move It or Lose It": SpongeBob leaves the brake of a boat off. The boat crashes into the driving school.
  • "Teacher's Pests": Mrs. Puff rolls through the front door while puffed up, destroying it and parts of the walls next to it. The catastrophic explosion at the episode's end could have destroyed the school.
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Mrs. Puff's Boating School on fire.

  • "Don't Feed the Clowns": The building caught on fire off-screen, and was unable to be saved before burning to the ground.
  • "My Leg!": SpongeBob crashes into the lighthouse tower again and it topples onto the ground in one of the flashbacks of Fred breaking his leg at the beginning.


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4-way intersection with a stop sign

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Mrs. Puff and SpongeBob in episode "Boating School"

There are two exams that must be completed correctly, and with an excellent grade in order to graduate and obtain a license.

Oral Exam: The Oral Exam consists of ten questions, many of them simple, such as asking the name of the front of the boat. In the episode "Boating School," Mrs. Puff starts his exam with an "oral test." She is only able to ask three questions; SpongeBob has the rest of the test memorized.

  • Question 1: What is the front of the boat? The bow.
  • Question 2: What is the back of the boat? The stern.
  • Question 3: "Right" is? Starboard...
    (From this point, SpongeBob gives the answers without Mrs. Puff's questions; the questions listed are only speculation as to what she might've asked.)
  • Answer: port; question 4: "Left" is?
  • Answer: Skipper; question 5: Who is the person in command of a boat?
  • Answer: deck; question 6: What is the floor level of a ship?
  • Answer: cabin; question 7: What is an enclosed room of a ship?
  • Answer: galley; question 8: What is the kitchen of a boat called?
  • Answer: keel; question 9: What is the name of what the hull of a ship is built around?
  • Answer: 1924; question 10: What year did the British submarine L-24 sink in the English Channel?

Driving Exam: The driving exam is the only part of the test that SpongeBob has trouble with. The steps to the exam are listed below.

  • 1. Start the Boat.
  • 2. Put it in drive.
  • 3. Floor it. (big toe)
  • 4. Turn.
  • 5. Stop at Stop Sign.
  • 6. Continue driving.
  • 7. Turn around flagpole.
  • 8. Drive vertically up road.
  • 9. Drive vertically down road.
  • 10. Jump over anchor.
  • 11. Fly through a ring of fire.
  • 12. Watch out for man. (SpongeBob actually helped him cross.)
  • 13. Drive to the Finish Line. 600 points passes.


There has also been known for assignments given out for homework by Mrs. Puff during the series.

In "Procrastination," Mrs. Puff assigned an 800-word essay on "What Not to Do at a Stoplight" which was due for the next day. SpongeBob, finding it very hard to do, tried to do everything to get out of writing his essay. All these things then inspired him on what to write for his essay. He then came in the next day, just to find out that Mrs. Puff canceled the assignment and class for the day, and later deciding to just have a field trip to a stop light instead.

In "Oral Report," Mrs. Puff assigns the entire class to each do an oral report, in which SpongeBob's subject is "Boating Safety." After a scary encounter of public speaking, he was very afraid of doing his report in front of his class, so he takes one of the boats and drives aimlessly through town. Since he was unsupervised, Mrs. Puff is then arrested.

Students enrolled


  • In some episodes, such as "New Student Starfish," it is shown as a full school with different rooms and lockers, and in other episodes, it shows Mrs. Puff's Boating School as a one-room school. This could be due to the building constantly being destroyed and rebuilt.
  • Occasionally, a replacement testing course is used instead of the original, or the basic one is simply changed with a few modifications.
  • In "Dying for Pie," the Boating School's lighthouse is visible in the aerial shot of Bikini Bottom at the end. However, aerial views in other episodes usually do not feature it.
  • "Dying for Pie," "Gone," and "A Day Without Tears" are the only episodes in which Mrs. Puff's Boating School is shown without Mrs. Puff herself. Despite this, she is mentioned and imitated by SpongeBob in "Gone."
  • In the episode "The Bully," it is revealed that there is more than one classroom in the boating school.
  • It is unknown who teaches the other classrooms.
  • In "Sandy's Rocket" and "No Free Rides," a sound effect played when it shows Mrs. Puff's Boating School, and it is similar to a doorbell.


Locations (VE)


Bikini Bottom (Dead Eye GulchBikini BottomshirePlanktopolis) • EncinoRock BottomBottom's Up!Tentacle AcresNew Kelp CityBass VegasDullsvilleFar-Out-VilleUkulele BottomAtlantisShell CityBurbank

Bikini Bottom Areas

Bikini AtollJellyfish FieldsGoo Lagoon (Mussel Beach) • Kelp ForestSand MountainIndustrial ParkSulfur FieldsDutchman's TriangleDavy Jones' lockerMake-Out ReefMt. BikiniMt. Bikini BottomBikini Bottom Tar PitsMount Climb-up-and-Fall-offRippers' ReefBrain Coral FieldsThe County Line

Bikini Bottom Residence

SpongeBob's housePatrick's houseSquidward's houseMr. Krabs and Pearl's houseSandy's treedomeMrs. Puff's houseFlying Dutchman's shipHarold and Margaret SquarePants' houseGrandma SquarePants' houseBottomite housesSquilliam's towerMrs. Tentacles' houseBetsy Krabs' houseBubble Buddy's houseDoodleBob's houseOld Man Jenkins' houseNorma Rechid's houseBlue SquarePants' houseBlackJack's houseFast mansionMs. Mildred's mansionWidow Duncan's house

Bikini Bottom Establishments

Krusty Krab (Rusty KrabKrabby O'Monday'sKrusty Krab 2) • Chum BucketMrs. Puff's Boating SchoolBarg'N-MartGoofy Goober's Ice Cream Party BoatReef CinemaShady Shoals Rest HomeMermalairSea NeedleRecreation CenterBikini Bottom Recreation CenterBikini Bottom SchoolBikini Bottom High SchoolBikini Bottom UniversityBikini Bottom MallBikini Bottom Post OfficeBank of Bikini Bottom BankBikini Bottom MintBikini Bottom JailBikini Bottom Police DepartmentPolice StationBikini Bottom Fire DepartmentBikini Bottom HospitalBikini Bottom AirportBikini Bottom LibraryBikini Bottom SupermarketBikini Bottom BakeryBikini Bottom GarbageBikini Bottom MoversFirst Nautical BankBankCourt HouseBikini RealtyHotelLarry's GymGymThe DumpPoseidon Elementary SchoolAdult Learning CenterBottom of the Hill CommunityFlower archBikini Bottom Zoo (Oyster Stadium) • Bikini Bottom MuseumBikini Bottom Museum of BoatingHook MuseumFry Cook MuseumStuffGrab-it MartDinerJuice BarFancy!KelpshakeShell ShackFlabby Patty ShackSea Chicken ShackRusty's Rib EyeStinky BurgersCemeteryFloater's CemeteryKRUMGlove World!Glove UniverseCoral CarnivalValentine's Day CarnivalFun ArcadeBikini Bottom ArcadeToy BarrelIce CreamIce CreamBunny BunsThe Wash!Sizzling Spring SaunaFancy SpringsPamper IslandSunny Shore ResortsSuper Mega Mall WorldBikini Bottom Outskirts Outlet Mega-MallBassCar Baytona 400Palace of PranksMagic ShopNear Mint Comic BooksBigshot RecordsAngry Jack's Shell EmporiumJewelry StoreFlower ShopNoses 'n ThingsTom's TooleryHatsWigs & HairpiecesBikini Bottom Folk VillageSeashell ParkSnail ParkPet ParkFish Hooks ParkFast Food ColiseumMedieval MomentsThe Main DrainTough TavernThe Salty SpitoonWeenie Hut JuniorsSuper Weenie Hut JuniorsWeenie Hut GeneralBikini Bottom Pillow FoundryMattress DiscountMattresses & Then SomeRest HomeGrandma's Tea HouseOld Man Jenkins' barnShelly SuperhighwayKing Neptune's castle

Non-Bikini Bottom Locations

TexasMoonPoseidomeKarate IslandInferno IslandSun-N-Fun IslandBikini Bottom TriangleGranny's houseTea ParlorNowhereGreat Barrier ReefCharted Caverns of LemuriaThe Remote IslandKahmamoku CoveSandy's islandIsland in the SkyServis StashunThug TugIce CreamThe TrenchWinchell ApartmentsVats of Acid "R" UsPatchy's houseDon's Import Store & DelicatessenThe Poop DeckNickelodeon Animation StudioNowhereDoodle DimensionFly of DespairHorned Forest

Video Game Locations

Goo Lagoon PierRock Bottom MuseumTrench of Advanced DarknessSki LodgeFlounder HillRevenge of the bride of Plankton's other BrainKelp SwampKelp CavesKelp VinesFlying Dutchman's GraveyardSpongeBob's dreamPatrick's DreamBikinos BottosDoodle Patrick's houseSquid Doodle's houseDoodle Grandma SquarePants' houseUptown Bikini BottomBikini Bottom OutskirtsRay's Organic Tanning SalonWSEA TVRusty AnchorMarlin's CaveSardine's SundriesOxygen SpringsWaverly HillsCarlton Ritts' houseCowfish Craig's shackSublime SeafoodsNeptune's ParadiseUndersea DesertSand StadiumTentacle Acres Cocoa ShopShipwreck ReefConstruction siteHigh Rise apartmentsChum WorldMonster CavernsMount TritonDriving You Nuts!SpongeBob's pineapple gardenSquirrel Museum of NutsMuShip GraveyardSeed ShopSpice ShackTreat Shop • • The Center of the EarthSix Clams Adventure LandOkey Dokey CorralHotel Deep SixFin LockerHotel Deep SixThe Mysterious Old Abandoned Factory

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