School 2017

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School 2017
KBS2-School 2017 (poster).jpg
Promotional poster
학교 2017
Written by
  • Jung Chan-mi
  • Kim Seung-won
Directed by
  • Park Jin-suk
  • Song Min-yeob
Creative directors
  • Na Soo-ji
  • Kim Seok-won
  • Lee Jung-hyun
ComposerPark Sung-jin
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes16
Executive producers
  • Hwang Chang-woo
  • Jo Hye-rin
  • Lee Gun-joon
ProducerYoon Jae-hyuk
  • Moon Chang-soo
  • Kim Jae-hwan
EditorKim Byung-rok
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time60 mins
Production companies
  • School 2017 SPC
  • Production H
Original networkKBS2
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJuly 17 (2017-07-17) –
September 5, 2017 (2017-09-05)
Preceded byWho Are You: School 2015
Followed bySchool 2021

School 2017 (Korean학교 2017; Hanja學校 2017; RRHakgyo 2017) is a South Korean television series starring Kim Jung-hyun, Kim Se-jeong, Jang Dong-yoon, Han Sun-hwa, and Han Joo-wan. It aired on KBS2 from July 17 to September 5, 2017 every Monday and Tuesday at 22:00 (KST) for 16 episodes.[1] The series is the seventh installment of KBS2's School franchise.


The plot follows a class of high school students attempting to overcome the stress of being ranked by their exam grades, and facing the difficulties of being a teenager in a high-pressure, corrupt system. Its central protagonist is Ra Eun-ho (Kim Se-jeong), a cheerful and kind-hearted 18-year-old who dreams of being a webtoon artist but is caught up in the search for a mysterious troublemaker in the school, known as 'Student X'. When she is accused of being Student X, her dream of going to university to study art is put at risk as she faces expulsion. Hyun Tae-woon (Kim Jung-hyun) is the son of the director of the school who enjoys his youth but hides deep scars. Song Dae-hwi (Jang Dong-yoon) is a bright student who's ranked 1st every time but doesn't have enough money for his dream college.



The rebellious son of the school's director. He doesn't take school seriously and resents his father. Secretly, as Student X, he plays pranks on the school without revealing his true identity. He was involved in a motorcycle accident in which his best friend Joon-ki died after saving Eun-ho, who later becomes Tae-woon's love interest.
An 18-year-old student who is low-ranked but optimistic and dreams of studying to become a webtoon artist. She comes from a working-class family who owns a chicken restaurant.
The school's student president. He is a seemingly perfect student who is always ranked first place, despite coming from a poor family. He is in a relationship with Hong Nam-joo, who comes from a poor family but appears wealthy. He was best friends with Tae-woon and Joon-ki before the accident. However, after the death of Joon-ki, he and Tae-woon fell into a conflicted relationship.
Form teacher for Class 2-1. Though he struggles to speak up against authority, he cares deeply for his students and always believes in them, despite the backlash he receives from school management. He falls in love with the police officer Han Soo-ji.
A police detective who gets demoted for mishandling a case, and ends up assigned as the school police officer. She is an ace detective and a stickler for rules. She falls in love with teacher Shim Kang-myung.



Dae-hwi's girlfriend. She pretends to be from a rich family because she is ashamed of her father's actual profession as a taxi driver. She is frustrated and stressed because of her family's financial struggles.
Eun-ho's loyal best friend, who is a big fan of Issue. Her mother is a cleaner at the school and she has given up her dreams to support her mother. She often gets into fights with Eun-ho but always makes it up.
A guitarist and singer-songwriter who had been educated abroad. He has a crush on Sa-rang. He often comforts her.
An unpopular member of the K-pop boy group Cherry on Top whose stage name is Issue. A transfer student at Eun-ho's school. He is the guy Oh Sa-rang has a crush on.
Son of a prominent prosecutor. He is tutored by Dae-hwi but is jealous of him because he always comes in second place to him. When he was in grade 10 he used to date Seo Bo-ra, but ends up splitting because he is obsessive and abusive. He really wants to prove who X is.
Tae-woon's clueless friend, often seen drinking strawberry milk.
A target of bullying in the class. She is afraid to report Young-gun and her other bullies to teachers because of their previous failings. She used to date Kim Hee-chan in year 10 before she broke up with him for being abusive. She takes a while to trust people, and believes in forgiveness. She is a loyal friend to Eun-ho.
Highly-strung daughter of a sought-after plastic surgeon. She is one of Bo-ra's bullies. She often blames everything on her and overreacts. She uses her money against everyone.
A troublemaker who bullies Bo-ra. She later trains to become a police officer, inspired by Han Soo-ji. She is loyal and will owe up to anyone's mistakes. She is struggling to find a place to belong.
A member of Young-gun's group.
A member of Young-gun's group.

School personnel[edit]

Rich and powerful director of the school. He is the father of Hyun Tae-woon.
The school's corrupt principal.
Assistant to the principal, who dreams of being promoted.


  • Lee Jae-yong as Koo Young-goo, a strict but fair teacher who succeeds Hyun Kang-woo to become Geumdo High School's principal.
  • Min Sung-wook [ko] as Jung Joon-soo, a PE teacher who is Shim Kang-myung's rival for police officer Han Soo-ji's affections.
  • Jo Mi-ryung as Jang So-ran

Ra family[edit]

  • Sung Ji-ru as Ra Sun-bong, Eun-ho's father, who secretly works laying pavements to earn money for Eun-ho to go to extracurricular classes.
  • Kim Hee-jung as Kim Sa-bun, Eun-ho's mother. She is seen as strict but she is very caring. She manages everything around the house.
  • Jang Se-hyun [ko] as Ra Tae-shik, Eun-ho's brother. He is seen is irresponsible by his family and doesn't have big dreams. All he wants is to be an employee at a company.


  • Mi Jung as Na Young-ok, Song Dae-hwi's mother.
  • Kim Soo-jin as Oh Sa-rang's mother, a cleaner at Geumdo High School.
  • Choo Kwi-jung as Kim Hee-chan's mother.
  • Kim Jin-woo as Im Joon-ki, Tae-woon and Dae-hwi's late best friend.
  • Shin Yun-sook as Im Joon-ki's grandmother.
  • Kim Sun-hwa as Ahn Jung-il's mother.
  • Lee Jae-kyung as Parent.
  • Song Yoo-hyun as College Academic Counselor.
  • Lee Hyun-suk
  • Ahn Tae-joon
  • Kim Song
  • Kim Bo-kyung
  • Lee Jae-seo
  • Kwon Se-rin
  • Shin Joo-hang
  • Won Jin-ho
  • Kim Si-eun as Lee Min-jung
  • Jung Yo-han
  • Park Hye-young
  • Lee Yoon-ji
  • Kim Ji-sung as Ham Yoon-hee
  • Choi Moon-kyung
  • Yoo Chae-mok
  • Lee Se-rang
  • Park Ji-yun
  • Kim Jae-chul
  • Yoo In-soo as Min-joon
  • Jo Jae-hyun
  • So Joon-hyung
  • Lee Mi-kyung
  • Park Ok-chool

Special appearances[edit]

  • Kang Min-hyuk as Jong-geun (Episode 1), a student at Eun-ho's dream college, whom Eun-ho has a crush on.


In May 2017, KBS offered the leading role to Kim Yoo-jung as a follow-up project to her popular series Love in the Moonlight (2016). By June 2017, she officially declined.[8][9] The first script reading of the series took place on June 19, 2017 at the KBS Annex Building in Yeouido, Seoul, South Korea.

Original soundtrack[edit]

School 2017
OST Album
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
LabelLeon Korea
ProducerLee Woo-hyun (executive), Jung Hee-chul

Part 01[edit]

Released on July 17, 2017 (2017-07-17)
1."Believe In This Moment" (이 순간을 믿을게)Shim Hyun-boChoi Min-changGugudan03:16
2."Believe In This Moment" (Inst.) Choi Min-chang 03:16
Total length:06:32

Part 2[edit]

Released on July 24, 2017 (2017-07-24)
1."Throbbing Summer Day" (두근두근 여름날)Shim Hyun-boChoi Min-chang, Park Sung-jinYozoh03:20
2."Throbbing Summer Day" (Inst.) Choi Min-chang, Park Sung-jin 03:20
Total length:06:40

Part 3[edit]

Released on July 31, 2017 (2017-07-31)
1."Going Home"Kang Woo-kyungJung Sung-amTarin03:24
2."Going Home" (Inst.) Jung Sung-am 03:24
Total length:06:48

Part 4[edit]

Released on August 7, 2017 (2017-08-07)
1."Stay In My Life"
  • Park Geun-cheol
  • Taeyong
  • Jung Soo-min
  • Park Geun-cheol
  • Jung Soo-min
Taeil, Taeyong, Doyoung (NCT)03:15
2."Stay In My Life" (Inst.) 
  • Park Geun-cheol
  • Jung Soo-min
Total length:06:30

Part 5[edit]

Released on August 8, 2017 (2017-08-08)
1."Reach To You" (너에게 닿기를)
  • Lee Sang-joon
  • Jung Jin-woo
  • Lee Sang-joon
  • Cha Gil-wan
2."Reach To You" (Inst.) 
  • Lee Sang-joon
  • Cha Gil-wan
Total length:07:08

Part 6[edit]

Released on August 14, 2017 (2017-08-14)
1."I Pray 4 You"
  • Park Geun-cheol
  • Jeong Soo-min
  • Park Geun-cheol
  • Jeong Soo-min
Apink BnN (Bomi, Namjoo)03:50
2."I Pray 4 You" (Inst.) 
  • Park Geun-cheol
  • Jeong Soo-min
Total length:07:41


  • In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • NR denotes that the drama did not rank in the top 20 daily programs on that date.
Ep. Original broadcast date Title Average audience share
TNmS[10] AGB Nielsen[11]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 July 17, 2017 "Grade Class Society" 6.5% (NR) 7.0% (NR) 5.9% (NR) 6.4% (NR)
2 July 18, 2017 "About Trouble Kids" 4.8% (NR) 4.9% (NR) 4.2% (NR) 4.3% (NR)
3 July 24, 2017 "Suspect Your Friend" 4.6% (NR) 5.3% (NR) 4.2% (NR) 4.9% (NR)
4 July 25, 2017 "Encounter" 4.6% (NR) 5.0% (NR) 4.1% (NR) 4.5% (NR)
5 July 31, 2017 "Something the Student Evaluation Doesn't Record" 4.2% (NR) 4.9% (NR) 4.2% (NR) 5.1% (NR)
6 August 1, 2017 "The Real Records of Our Lives" 4.7% (NR) 5.1% (NR) 4.6% (NR) 5.9% (NR)
7 August 7, 2017 "Everyone Lies" 4.6% (NR) 4.8% (NR) 4.4% (NR) 4.6% (NR)
8 August 8, 2017 "After the Lie" 5.0% (NR) 5.2% (NR) 4.7% (NR) 4.9% (NR)
9 August 14, 2017 "The Weight Rumors Carry" 4.4% (NR) 5.3% (NR) 4.4% (NR) 5.4% (NR)
10 August 15, 2017 "How to Endure the Weight" 4.7% (NR) 5.6% (NR) 4.4% (NR) 5.3% (NR)
11 August 21, 2017 "Dreams, the Shining Worries" 4.8% (NR) 4.9% (NR) 4.7% (NR) 4.8% (NR)
12 August 22, 2017 "Soaring Up, You" 4.7% (NR) 5.3% (NR) 4.1% (NR) 4.7% (NR)
13 August 28, 2017 "Two People's Lines" 4.4% (NR) 4.6% (NR) 4.3% (NR) 4.5% (NR)
14 August 29, 2017 "How to Face Different Lines" 5.1% (NR) 5.7% (NR) 4.4% (NR) 5.0% (NR)
15 September 4, 2017 "How to Protect You" 4.9% (NR) 5.2% (NR) 4.1% (NR) 4.4% (NR)
16 September 5, 2017 "On My Way to Meet the Real You" 4.5% (NR) 5.1% (NR) 4.6% (NR) 5.3% (NR)
Average 4.8% 5.2% 4.5% 4.9%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2017 10th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress Kim Se-jeong Nominated
1st The Seoul Awards Best New Actor Kim Jung-hyun Nominated [12]
Best New Actress Kim Se-jeong Nominated
31st KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Kim Jung-hyun Nominated [13]
Netizen Award - Male Nominated
Best New Actress Kim Se-jeong Won
Netizen Award - Female Nominated
Best Couple Award Kim Jung-hyun and Kim Se-jeong Nominated
2018 13th Annual Soompi Awards Nominated [14]
54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor Kim Jung-hyun Nominated [15]
Best New Actress Kim Se-jeong Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kim, Jin-suk (March 20, 2017). [단독]'학교 2017', 오는 7월 편성 "오디션 한창" ['School 2017', Coming in July]. JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  2. ^ 이정현 (June 7, 2017). '역적' 김정현, '학교 2017' 남주인공으로 김세정과 호흡. Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  3. ^ "[공식입장] 구구단(gugudan) 김세정, '학교2017' 캐스팅…"특유의 리더십과 유쾌한 성격이 잘 맞는다"". Nate (in Korean).
  4. ^ "Kim Se-jung confirms role in 'School 2017'". Kpop Herald.
  5. ^ [공식] '학교2017' 측 "김정현·장동윤, 주연 확정"…김세정과 호흡 (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  6. ^ "[단독] 설인아 '학교 2017' 홍남주 역 전격 발탁..'섹션' MC에 '겹경사'". Daum (in Korean). June 6, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  7. ^ "[단독] SF9 로운, '학교2017' 출연 확정..김세정과 연기 호흡". OSEN (in Korean).
  8. ^ "KBS·김유정 측 '학교 2017' 여주인공 물망.."긍정 검토 중"(종합)". Herald Corporation (in Korean). May 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "김유정·KBS 양측 "'학교 2017' 출연 최종 불발" [공식]". News1 (in Korean).
  10. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  12. ^ ‘제1회 더 서울어워즈’ 노미네이트 공개, 이보영 지성 김희선 조승우 등 화려한 라인업 공개 (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  13. ^ Lee, Kyung-ho (January 1, 2018). "김영철·천호진,KBS 연기대상 공동 수상..아버지의 힘!(종합)". Star News (in Korean). Archived from the original on January 3, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  14. ^ "Nominees: Best Couple in the 13th Annual Soompi Awards". YouTube.
  15. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). April 6, 2018.

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