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The Sims 4: High School Years
The Sims 4: High School Years
The Sims 4: High School Years
Box art for The Sims 4: High School Years
Developer(s) Maxis, The Sims Studio
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series The Sims
Release date(s) July 28, 2022
Technical information
Platform(s) Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One
Mode(s) Single-player
System requirements Minimum system requirements on
Game features
Themes School
Worlds Copperdale
TS4 EP12 High School Years Icon

The Sims 4: High School Years is the twelfth expansion pack for The Sims 4. It was announced on June 30, 2022 and was released to all platforms on July 28, 2022.[1]

The expansion is focused on high school life, and adds the ability to control teens while they are at school. It includes the world of Copperdale, a once booming mining town, and the only town players are able to place active high school lots in. The pack reintroduces features from The Sims 3: Generations, such as prom and pranks. It also has a focus on teenage fashion, similar to The Sims 2: Teen Style Stuff.

Official description[]

Experience High School — Experience all the ups and downs of high school. Attend classes in person, get to know your teachers, hang out in the cafeteria and even decorate your locker. Your most treasured moments might happen while loitering around with your friends after school.

Iconic Teen Moments — Dance the night away at prom and celebrate your graduation ceremony (if you keep up with your schoolwork). In addition to those big moments, Sims can make lifelong friends, participate in after-school activities and teams and experience the rollercoaster ride of puberty.

Shake Things Up — High school is a time of self-discovery. Find the confidence to ask out your crush or the guts to skip class (don’t let the principal catch you). Teen Sims will explore their own likes and dislikes and have new opportunities to cause mischief. Pranks and sneaking out after dark can have consequences, so be careful you don’t get caught.

Explore Your Style — Make your bedroom your own, plan outfits with clothes designed by Depop sellers and become a Simfluencer. Teen Sims can earn money by selling outfits and hyping up looks they design on Trendi right from their bedrooms, which are now more interactive than ever. Use a laptop, read a book in bed or even have a pillow fight!

New additions[]

New objects

New traits

New aspirations

  • Drama Llama (Teen) - This Sim wants all the drama all the time.
    • Hot Gossip - Gossip 5 Times · Spread a Rumor · Mess Around in the Cuddle Carts
    • Internet Troll - Be Mean on Social Bunny 5 Times · Break Up with a Sim
    • Drama Llama - Have an Enemy Rival
      • Reward trait: Untroubled - Untroubled Sims always bounce back. Being a Drama Llama can leave relationships rocky. Nothing says carefree like moving on and letting go.
  • Goal Oriented (Teen) - This Sim wants to be the best: Grades? Check. Sports? Check. Money? Check! The road to success is being paved!
    • Setting Your Sights - Join an After-School Activity · Do Homework 5 Times · Earn 500 Simoleons
    • Major Flex - Reach Level 3 of an After-School Activity · Earn and Keep an A · Attend Career Day
    • Goal Oriented - Reach Level 3 of a Side Hustle
      • Reward trait: Highflier - Highflier Sims have the potential to be more successful, especially in business.
  • Live Fast (Teen) - This Sim aims to get the most out of life by living care-free and rules-free.
    • Trouble Maker - Pull a Prank 3 Times · Get in Trouble · Sneak Out to a Party
    • Risky Business - Ask a Sim Out on a Date 5 Times · Start a Fight · Summon an Urban Myth Twice
    • Live Fast - Dare or Frame a Sim
      • Reward trait: Dauntless - Dauntless Sims always live life to the fullest, and the Grim Reaper has a soft spot for dauntless pleas during matters of life and death. Risky fun sure has its perks.
  • Admired Icon (Teen) - This Sim wants to be a trend setter, popular, and influential. A true icon.
    • Everyone's Bestie - Join a T-Pose Challenge · Make 10 Teen Friends · Post on Social Bunny 5 Times
    • Clout Chaser - List 5 Outfits on Trendi · Earn Gold on any Hosted party
    • Admired Icon - Have 250 Followers on Social Bunny
      • Reward trait: Iconic - Iconic Sims are the ones everyone wants to follow. They've earned the admiration of their peers, and can now set their sights anywhere on the world wide web.

New skill

New part-time jobs

New afterschool activities

New types of death

  • Death by Stink Capsule
  • Death by Urban Myth

New lot assignments

New like/dislike category

  • Fashion

New activities

  • Sims can attend prom, career day and graduation ceremony in auditorium.
  • Sims can meet fashion shows, amateur comedy nights, and poetry evenings in thrift and bubble tea store.
  • Sims can participate in fire drills and exams in high school.
  • Sims can join in team sports day on sports field in Rockridge Heights.

New pranks

  • Stink capsule in lockers
  • Telling an urban myth
  • Doodling on whiteboard
  • Hacking in PA Speaker
  • Stealing password on Principal's computer

Other new features


The following list shows how several existing packs integrate with The Sims 4: High School Years:

Discover University

  • Sims who graduated early can apply, enroll and attend in university as a teen. Whereas Sims who dropped out or are expelled from high school cannot qualify for any of the degrees upon acceptance unless they obtain a high school diploma online.


  • Vampire Sims can use their abilities to perform pranks. However, if they drink plasma from teachers or students without permission, they will be expelled.

Get Famous

  • Celebrity Sims who attend high school will be recognized by normal students and teachers. They even get asked for autographs. Their reputation will be increased if they perform better academically and attend proms. However, if they get expelled, they will get publicly disgraced. Obsessed fans & Paparazzi will stalk Celebrity Sims in class. Teachers and the headmaster/headmistress will kick them out.


  • This pack allows Sims to be controlled while inside the school building. In all previous games, schools were either off-screen occurrences[TS1][TS2] or a rabbit hole.[TS3]
  • A few of the clothing items in this pack were designed by sellers from the fashion marketplace app Depop.[3]
  • The song featured in the official reveal trailer is Sad Disco by mxmtoon.
  • This pack is the only game for The Sims 4 to feature a carpool, that being the school bus which is parked outside the high school. However, it is simply a decoration and Sims cannot drive or travel inside it.




  • Bartees Strange - Cosigns
  • Beach Bunny - Entropy
  • corook - Sims
  • eee gee - Contraband
  • Horsegirl - Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)
  • Hovvdy - Ruby
  • mxmtoon - Sad Disco
  • poutyface - Ragdoll
  • Soccer Mommy - Shotgun


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June 16, 2022
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The Sims 4: First Fits Kit
September 1, 2022
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July 22, 2021
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