Nowadays, it’s an absolute necessity that your educational institution has a website. But if you’re busy helping people learn, you probably don’t want to spend all the time and effort to have one developed from scratch. That’s where this post comes in. I’m going to show you the 30 best WordPress themes for education sites so that you can find the perfect theme for your school or online course without needing to spend hours wading through the muck!

The 25+ Best WordPress Themes for Education

There are a lot of WordPress themes out there, which can make it difficult to find the best option. So, when making this list, I used a few guidelines to help pick the best themes:

  • Looks/Functionality: Obviously I only searched for themes that have the necessary features to create an education website. Sure, you could probably turn a lot of themes into education sites with enough hacking, but that’s a major waste of time!
  • Public theme rating: For themes on wordpress.org, ThemeForest, or other sites with public ratings, I took the rating into account when deciding whether or not to include the theme. For new themes, I looked at the rating of the developer when necessary. I tried to stick to themes with a minimum of 4 stars – ideally 4.5 stars.
  • Sales/Downloads: While not an overly important metric by itself, I tried to bias towards themes with a large enough sample size for the ratings to be meaningful. If a theme has maintained a good rating over hundreds of confirmed sales, it’s probably safe to say it’s a quality theme.
  • Code quality: At a minimum, the theme needs to be responsive. I also tried to make sure the demo site loaded smoothly. While not a perfect indication of code quality, if the demo is sluggish, there’s a good chance the theme will be sluggish on your site, too.

With that out of the way, let’s dig into the 30 best WordPress themes for education!

1. Education WP

Education WP

Education WP is a popular theme from Envato Elite Author ThimPress. With over 3,800 sales and a 4.82/5 rating, Education WP has the credentials to back it up. Education WP is designed for all educational institutions, from kindergartens to universities.

With over 10+ educational demos and Visual Composer included, Education WP delivers on its promise to fit “any school or educational project.”

Price: $64 | More Information

2. Eduharvard

Eduharvard

Eduharvard is a new theme, so it hasn’t built up a ton of ratings yet. But because it comes from Envato Elite Author CMS-Theme, I feel comfortable including it on this list. Eduharvard is fairly minimalist as far as education themes go, which I really like. It’s also responsive, retina ready, and includes 5+ homepage styles.

Price: $59 | More Information

3. Lincoln

Lincoln

Lincoln is a beautiful material design education theme from Envato Elite Author lunartheme. It includes 8 different homepage demos to make getting started easy. It’s also responsive, retina ready, and integrates completely with LearnDash, a learning management system. Lincoln’s styling likely fits more with colleges and universities, and online courses

Price: $59 | More Information

4. Invent

Invent

Invent is a responsive and retina ready education theme that’s perfect for both schools and universities. Like other options on this list, it comes from an Envato Elite Author. It has also maintained a 4.53 rating over 1,200+ sales.

Invent fully integrates with LearnDash, includes the SiteOrigin page builder, and includes custom post types for courses, faculty, departments, and more.

Price: $59 | More Information

5. Academia

Academia

Academia is designed for both schools/universities and online course providers. It includes multiple homepage styles, integrates with WooCommerce to sell paid courses, and includes Visual Composer for easy page building.

Academia is also responsive, retina ready, and comes from an Envato Elite Author. It’s maintained a 4.6-star rating on over 360 sales.

Price: $59 | More Information

6. Capital

Capital

Capital is a multi-purpose theme from WPZOOM that works perfectly for education websites. It’s responsive, includes a dedicated homepage builder, and has easy integration with an events calendar plugin so you can list all your educational events.

The theme also includes a one-click demo importer so you can easily bring in all the education demo content.

Price: $69 | More Information

7. WPLMS Learning Management System

WPLMS

Built on BuddyPress, WPLMS Learning Management System aims to act as a fully-functioning learning management system for your educational institution. You can use it to create and sell courses or just provide information on your school.

If you are going to create courses, you can easily manage them inside the theme and even create quizzes inside your dashboard from over ten types of questions. Notes, discussion modules, drip content, and lots of other features create a complete online course ecosystem.

With three different skins and multiple child themes, WPLMS Learning Management System is a great option. The 12,000+ sales and 4.54-star rating back that up!

Price: $64 | More Information

8. School Time

School Time

School Time is a simple education theme perfect for schools and universities of all levels. It includes default pages for the essentials like admissions, faculty, school fees, and more.

It also comes packaged with LayerSlider and Visual Composer to add value. School Time is nowhere near as complicated as something like WPLMS, but if you just need a simple, stylish theme for your school, it’s a great option.

Price: $54 | More Information

9. Education Hub

Education Hub

Education Hub is a sleek education theme suited for any institution. The design is simple, but includes all the essentials an educational website needs.

It’s a free theme listed on the WordPress.org repository. It has over 10,000 installs with a 5-star rating and comes from WEN Themes. It’s definitely the best free option I was able to find.

Price: Free | More Information

10. Upside

Upside

Upside is a multi-purpose WordPress theme designed primarily for educational and medical institutions. The theme includes functionality to let you easily manage events and courses. You can also add a forum with support for the bbPress plugin.

The theme is responsive and comes bundled with Visual Composer to make page building easy.

Price: $59 | More Information

11. EDU

Edu

EDU can work as a theme for both universities and online course providers. It includes custom post types for both courses and events, which makes it easy to handle those two important educational elements.

EDU is responsive, multi-language compatible, and comes with its own page builder. It also comes from an Envato Elite Author and has over 1,300 sales with a 4.3-star rating.

Price: $59 | More Information

12. University

University

University is a simple free education theme that is perfect for smaller educational institutions. It doesn’t have the depth and number of features of many of the premium education themes on this list, but it does have a nice, clean look.

Price: Free | More Information

13. LMS WordPress Theme – eLearning WP

Elearning

LMS WordPress Theme – eLearning WP is another option from Envato Elite Author ThimPress. Like WPLMS, it’s a fully-functioning learning management system. You can create courses, lessons, and quizzes all from inside your WordPress dashboard.

On top of this functionality, it comes with eight different demo sites to help you get started. The design is clean and makes it easy for users to find the right online course.

Price: $64 | More Information

14. Preschool

Preschool

I hesitated to put Preschool on this list because it lacks sales and ratings. But I decided to include it anyway because it’s the best design I found that was geared entirely towards preschools/kindergartens.

It features a fun design with childish graphics and age-appropriate font choices. In other words, it’s perfect for preschools, but definitely will not work for colleges or universities.

Price: $59 | More Information

15. Masterstudy

Masterstudy

Masterstudy is geared towards online courses and tutors, but could be adapted to any type of educational institution. It features a bold, colorful design that showcases both courses and teachers. The course system is based on WooCommerce.

Masterstudy is created by a Power Elite Author and has a 4.69 rating on over 2,400 sales.

Price: $59 | More Information

16. Education Pack

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Education Pack is designed to cover a broad spectrum of learning institutions. From dance studios, to universities, to design schools. Not only does Education Pack support these types, it also includes demo content for each type of school.

All told, Education Pack includes nine different educational demos.

Price: $49 | More Information

19. Academy

Academy

Academy is another learning management theme. That means it provides everything you need to create and sell online courses. You can track course progress, quiz students, and more. It includes custom post types for courses and lessons to make setting them up easy.

Price: $59 | More Information

18. Buntington

Buntington

Buntington is an affordable premium theme perfect for educational institutions and non-profits. It features custom post types for courses and events, as well as a clean, light design. It also includes a visual homepage builder.

Price: $40 | More Information

19. Skilled

Skilled

With its big, bold slider, Skilled is perfect for all types of educational institutions. It can also function as a learning management system if you purchase an additional premium plugin called Sensei Courses, which gives Skilled a good deal of flexibility.

Price: $60 | More Information

20. Clever Course

Clever Course

Clever Course is a WordPress learning management system that lets you feature both online and offline courses. You can create instructor profiles and sell your courses directly with the integrated payment gateways.

Like other learning management systems, you can create courses, lessons, and quizzes inside your WordPress dashboard.

Price: $63 | More Information

21. Social Learner

Social Learner

Social Learner is a powerful learning management system built on LearnDash and BuddyPress. It includes integrated gamification to make your online courses both educational and addictive. It’s also integrated with WooCommerce to make selling courses simple.

Functionality aside, I think Social Learner just flat out has one of the best designs, too.

Price: $179 | More Information

22. Lectura Lite

Lectura Lite

Lectura Lite is the free version of Academia Themes’ Lectura theme. While the premium version is also a good option, I think Lectura Lite is still a suitable option for any educational institution. The design is clean and simple – perfect for a private school or small university.

Price: Free | More Information

23. Varsita

Varsita

Varsita can function as both a school website or a learning management system for online courses. It includes demos for both options to make setup easy. In order to get the LMS functionality, you’ll need to also purchase the premium Themeum plugin.

Even without Themeum, it includes options to manage courses and faculty.

Price: $59 | More Information

24. Erudito

Erudito

Erudito is another education offering from WPZOOM. With 12 different color options, its design is flexible enough to accommodate a variety of colleges and universities.

No course management in this one – just a clean design to showcase your school.

Price: $69 | More Information

25. Elementary

Elementary

Elementary is a premium option from Academia Themes (no lite option, unfortunately). It’s very similar in looks to Erudito and is perfect for any school or university looking for a nice, clean design.

I also like that they use Hogwarts in their theme demo!

Price: Included in $99 Academia Themes Club | More Information

26. Blackboard

Blackboard

Blackboard is another functional education design from Academia Themes. It features a multi-column layout with space for events, contact details, and blog posts. The design is simple and professional – exactly what most educational institutions need.

Price: Included in $99 Academia Themes Club | More Information

27. University

University

University is a great looking theme which provides dedicated management for courses and events. I think the blue color they use in their demo site is perfect for colleges and universities.

University comes from a Power Elite Author on Envato and has a 4.45 rating on over 600 sales.

Price: $49 | More Information

28. Education Center

Education Center

While Education Center claims to focus on colleges and universities, I think its design is more suited to preschools and kindergartens (at least on the demo site).

Education Center also integrates with LearnDash to create a full learning management system if needed.

Price: $59 | More Information

29. Polytechnic

Polytechnic

Polytechnic is a crisp looking theme for all types of educational institutions. It also has some helpful backend tweaks such as a “Faculty Member” user role, course catalogs, and a customized login screen.

The theme also includes an events calendar and an integrated bookstore powered by WooCommerce, which is a fairly unique feature.

Price: $59 | More Information

For Elegant Themes Members

If you’re a member of Elegant Themes then our flagship theme Divi is a great option for Educational sites.

Divi

Divi - Best WordPress Themes for Education

You might not be able to tell at first glance – but the website above is actually created with Elegant Themes’ own Divi theme. Because of its flexibility, Divi is the perfect option to power education websites. The brand new visual builder lets anyone create beautiful pages, and Divi’s multitude of choices when it comes to fonts and layouts allows you to pick the perfect style for your educational institution.

Price: $69/year for themes only. $89/year for themes AND plugins | More Information

Wrapping Up

I hope you enjoyed the 30 best WordPress themes for education! I did my best to sort through and find only the best for your school or online course site, but I know it’s possible I missed one.

Do you know of a great education theme that’s not on the list? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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