20 Fun Essay Topics for High School Students

Developing fun essay topics for a class can sometimes be a challenge. Students want to learn the skills to become good writers but they also want to enjoy the assignment enough that they are driven to work hard through each stage. We’ve made the process of finding fun essay topics easier and have developed a list of twenty. Choose any one of these or use them to inspire some ideas of your own:

  1. Should teachers be forced to take detention when students do not perform well in class?
  2. How should grades be given? Should there even be grades? If not, what would be your alternative?
  3. Should teachers be sent to the principal’s office if they show up late to class by more than 15 minutes?
  4. Should students be allowed to determine holidays before the school year?
  5. If you could introduce your favorite food into the school’s menu, what would it be and how would you go about marketing it to others?
  6. How often should students be tested for a class grade? What about standardized testing for the state?
  7. Why would bringing pets to class help you do better in school? Would there be restrictions on the kinds of pets you can bring?
  8. If you had the chance to choose your school’s team colors, but couldn’t choose the ones you have now, what would they be?
  9. Which “social recognition awards” would you leave in for the yearbook (i.e., most popular, most likely to succeed, etc.)? Which would you remove?
  10. If teachers had to campaign each year for their right to teach your class, what criteria would you use when voting?
  11. Given the opportunity, in what ways would you rearrange the school year? Would you prefer a long summer break but sacrifice a weekend day throughout the year? What about winter?
  12. If you could create an annual paint-ball fight on campus between administration and teachers, who would you root for?
  13. If you could remove one school law without bringing any kind of harm to others, what rule would you change?
  14. What role should students have in deciding the kinds of foods that are served during lunch? Should students also have control over vending machine options?
  15. If you could get rid of three academic subjects and replace them with three new ones, what would they be?
  16. If you could truly represent your school’s character and spirit through a specific mascot, what would the mascot be?
  17. Can you provide reasons for a shorter school week with longer days or for a longer week with shorter days?
  18. What’s the biggest change you would make to your campus’ culture? Do you think you would meet any resistance?
  19. If you can introduce a new fun and social event to the school year, what would that be? What would the reception be?
  20. In what ways would you change the student government body? Would you consider making yourself a King or Queen and giving yourself the power of veto?