Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Beaver's Prep School 

As grammar school graduation approaches, Beaver is torn between accepting Aunt Martha's offer to send him to a prestigious prep school in faraway New England or going on to Mayfield high school with the rest of his friends.


Hugh Beaumont


Joe Connelly (creator), Bob Mosher (creator) | 4 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Barbara Billingsley ... June Cleaver
Hugh Beaumont ... Ward Cleaver
Tony Dow ... Wally Cleaver
Jerry Mathers ... The Beaver
Madge Kennedy ... Aunt Martha Bronson
Doris Packer Doris Packer ... Mrs. Cornelia Rayburn
Stanley Fafara ... Whitey Whitney
Kim Charney Kim Charney ... Terry
Patty Ann Gerrity ... 1st Girl (as Patty Gerrity)
Carol Faylen Carol Faylen ... 2nd Girl
Larry Adare Larry Adare ... Alan
Henry Hunter Henry Hunter ... Mr. Thomas


Ward and June receive a letter from Aunt Martha informing them that she is arriving for a visit in three days, but more importantly that she wants to send Beaver to Fallbrook for high school, one of the best prep schools in the country located in New England. If Beaver decides to go, he will be the fourth generation of Bronsons to attend the school. Ward and June encourage Beaver to accept Aunt Martha's offer as it will be a great opportunity for him, but they doubt if he will want to go. To their surprise, Beaver, after quickly focusing on all the interesting things available to do at Fallbrook compared to Mayfield High such as horseback riding and shooting, is eager to accept, and wants to let Aunt Martha know by telephone even before her arrival. After telling Aunt Martha the news, Beaver just as quickly changes his mind when he realizes everything he will be missing by leaving, such as his friends, family and everything he has known all his life. He has to figure out a way to tell... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

28 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ward informs June that a relative of his (a Cleaver) installed the pipe organ in the high school in Shaker Heights. See more »


When June is sad that Beaver might go away to school, Ward comforts her with a reference to Joseph Kennedy's "first son" going off to Washington, undoubtedly a reference to President John F. Kennedy. However, Joseph Kennedy's first son was John's older brother, Joseph Kennedy, Jr., who was killed in 1944 during World War II. See more »


Ward Cleaver: [Aunt Martha wants to send Beaver to a prep school, but he has decided he wants to stay in Mayfield] Beaver, you've put everyone on a spot here. But, of course, we're not going to force you to go to a school you don't want to go to.
Theodore Cleaver: [relieved] Gee, thanks Dad. And when you tell Aunt Martha, will you please not make me sound like it's a little rat.
Ward Cleaver: Me tell Aunt Martha? Oh, no, young man. You got yourself into this and you're going to get yourself out. If you were old enough and capable enough to ...
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And it used to be such an exclusive school
31 July 2017 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

I agree that the idea of Master Theodore's being sent off to an highfalutin boarding school—one of the finest in the country, we are told—strains believability. That's beside the point, however, in an episode which, whether or not the writers had this idea in mind, becomes, literally, a valedictory lap for the main character in the waning moments of the series, and by extension, a prescient, if accidental, farewell to the post-war age of innocence in America (that is, if you subscribe to that line of thinking) just eight months before the country would be devastated by JFK's assassination. And if all that sounds like hogwash, you're smarter than you think you are. The best things in this episode are Wally's funny line about ivy- covered halls and Aunt Martha's forcing yet again another superannuated piece of apparel on poor Beav.The writers edge just a little closer to fixing Mayfield on the map by having it said that Fallbrook is in New England, just a few hours flying time from the Cleavers, which, added to Uncle Billy in the previous episode heading off to California in a snazzy convertible, makes a case for a series set in the Midwest. And yet, we have had all that talk about surfing. Hmm…

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