"True freedom lies within the constructs of society."
Shujin Academy, known in the Japanese version as Shujin High School (秀尽学園高校, Shūjin Gakuen Kōkō)?, is one of the main settings of Persona 5. It is an elite prep school located in Aoyama-Itchome neighborhood in Tokyo.
- Persona 5 / Royal
- Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
Shujin Academy is the school which the protagonist and his friends attend. It is the only school which accepted the protagonist. The three-floored building is split between the main campus and the practical building. A large gymnasium also serves as an assembly hall. The floors indicate years in reverse: first year classes are on the third floor, while third years on the first. The locked rooftop serves as the initial hideout for the Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
The first floor has a co-op selling bread and three vending machines; one near the co-op and two at the practical building. The second floor houses the faculty room, the principal's office and meeting room. The third floor is where the student council room, the library and the stairway to the rooftop are located.
It is revealed that Shujin Academy is the location of one Palace: Kamoshida's Palace. The school is a castle belonging to Suguru Kamoshida in the Metaverse, where Kamoshida emotionally, physically and sexually abuses the students.
Shujin Academy cannot be freely visited past November 18 (The deadline for sending the calling card to Sae) due to the protagonist covering himself up with a fake death, although the player is given one last chance to visit it in December 22. He can still freely access Confidants that are found at the school during this time.
- Protagonist: Second year. Transfer student in class 2-D, founder of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
- Ryuji Sakamoto: Second year in class 2-E. Initial member of the Phantom Thieves.
- Ann Takamaki: Second year in class 2-D. Initial member of the Phantom Thieves.
- Makoto Niijima: Third year. Student council president, Late member of the Phantom Thieves.
- Haru Okumura: Third year. Late member of the Phantom Thieves.
- Yuuki Mishima: Second year in class 2-D. Volleyball athlete, manager of the Phantom Aficionado Website after Kamoshida's exposure.
- Shiho Suzui: Second year. Volleyball athlete, transferred schools after Kamoshida is exposed to cope with his abuse against her.
- Eiko Takao: A student in Makoto's Confidant events.
- Nakaoka: A student in Ryuji's Confidant events.
- Takeishi: A student in Ryuji's Confidant events.
- Nishiyama: Ann questioned him about his involvement with the mafia. Once her poor acting fails, the protagonist takes over and found that the victim is actually Iida.
- Iida: A victim of Junya Kaneshiro's scams. He was told to deliver a drugged envelope for a hefty paycheck and Kaneshiro's henchmen threatened him for exposure afterwards.
- Daisuke Takanashi: A target in Mementos. He is an infamous school bully that Mishima requested the Phantom Thieves to remove.
- Yoshimori Sakoda: A target in Mementos. It turns out that Daisuke was merely a pawn of Yoshimori who blackmailed him for exposure of his bullying if he stopped it.
- Yumeko Mogami: A target in Mementos. She is crazy, love-obsessed girl that can be seen stalking her boyfriend and recording him with a phone in a hallway on the ground floor.
- Ikesugi: Yumeko's obsession.
- Newspaper Club student: She updates the protagonist with goings-on at school.
- Kasumi Yoshizawa: First year, rhythmic gymnast with a scholarship. * Major Royal Spoiler
- Mr. Kobayakawa: Former Principal, assassinated.
- Sadayo Kawakami: Japanese Language Teacher. Also Class 2-D's homeroom teacher and part-time maid prostitute.
- Suguru Kamoshida: Former P.E. Teacher, voluntarily left after his crimes were exposed.
- Mr. Ushimaru: Social Studies Teacher.
- Mr. Hiruta: Biology Teacher.
- Mr. Inui: History Teacher.
- Ms. Chouno: English Teacher.
- Ms. Usami: Math Teacher.
- Mr. Yamauchi: New track team advisor. Voluntarily left without any confrontation once exposed.
- Takuto Maruki: Student counselor, part-time.
- The school's name is a homophone of the Japanese word for prisoner, shūjin (囚人). However, the school's name is written with completely different characters, making it merely an oral pun. This was confirmed as a deliberate choice by Katsura Hashino in 2015.
- The logo also ties into the prison themes. It resembles a police badge, as if the students are forced to submit and abide by the law. It contains a section sign (§) which references legal code and judicial system. The same symbol is the necklace of Sae Niijima.
- Unlike Gekkoukan High School and Yasogami High School where the protagonist can make social links with many students in their schools, the only non-party student Confidant that the protagonist can make in Shujin Academy is Yuuki Mishima, due to most students distancing from him because of his criminal record.
- After school, the protagonist can draw the Phantom Thieves of Hearts logo on the blackboard of his class. If he does so, depending on the game's progress, the reception by the students will be different. The responses start out with doubts at early game, then positive at mid-game, and finally end with negative responses at the endgame.
|Playable||Ren Amamiya - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Caroline and Justine|
|DLC||Shinjiro Aragaki - Theodore - Lavenza - Goro Akechi - Sho Minazuki - Labrys|
|Tokyo||Cafe Leblanc - Shibuya - Shujin Academy|
|Palace||Kamoshida's Palace - Madarame's Palace - Kaneshiro's Palace - Futaba's Palace - Okumura's Palace - Niijima's Palace - Shido's Palace - Mementos|
|Other||Velvet Room - Hawaii|
|Songs||GROOVY - One Nightbreak|