i’ve read more high school aus than i’d like to admit, and this is the rec list with all the ones i’ve read and liked!!! 46 fics & faves bolded.
As Good As The Real Thing by literaryoblivion (5,8k, M)
Summary: He’s maybe had a crush on Stiles for going on two years now, but there’s no way he’s ever going to act on it or say anything. But, he’s memorized all of Stiles’s quirks and habits because he and Stiles have been in the same history class for two years now, and he always ends up sitting by him. However, he and Stiles have had limited interaction with one another, which is fine. Derek can subside on his daydreams of Stiles. He can live the rest of his high school career on his fantasies alone.
That is until their teacher assigns them to be partners for a project
Turn Off The Shyness by WhoNatural (3,8k, M)
Summary: AKA, the Blushing High School AU
Someone Please Murder Dr. Wyne by QueenOfAllPeasants (2,5k, NR)
Summary: Stiles starts asking questions in the margins of his chemistry textbook because that thing couldn’t be more confusing, and then someone starts leaving answers.
This Might Be Irony by thepsychicclam (38k, M)
Summary: Stiles and Derek have been close friends since the Hale siblings moved in next door after their parents’ death. But Derek’s in the popular group, he’s a star baseball player, and he dates popular Pep Squad captain Jennifer Blake. Stiles doesn’t have any of that, just his skateboard and a hopeless crush on Derek (oh yeah, and his Vote Lydia Martin Prom Queen button). As prom and the baseball state championship grow closer, Stiles and Derek start rekindling their friendship.
And it all begins with two white boards.
Practice Makes Perfect by blacktofade (21k, E)
Summary: In his sophomore year, Stiles gets dragged to lacrosse tryouts by Scott and ends up practising alongside the senior captain, Derek Hale. Stiles just wants to live long enough to become a junior.
Easy Alpha by interropunct (4,6k, T)
Summary: Easy A/Teen Wolf AU. Wherein, Derek Hale is the high school slut, Jackson and Scott really need to learn to use their inside voices. And, contrary to pouplar belief, everyone is still a virgin.
John Hughes Did Not Direct My Life by nascentgalaxies (48k, E)
Summary: Stiles and Derek are childhood friends who drifted apart. When Stiles joins the lacrosse team against his will, the universe (with a little help from Laura and Lydia) chooses to push them back together.
A Thousand Fiery Suns of Angst - Just Press Play by apocryphal (21, T)
Summary: All Stiles wants from life is to learn to control his magic, keep his grades up, and not die horribly while saving Beacon Hills from supernatural threats. It’s all going pretty well until Derek Hale, werewolf extraordinaire, has to go and ask him on a date. That asshole.
Eat, Knot, Love by pandabomb (30k, E)
Summary: Stiles Stilinski, an omega and teenage nobody, is going into heat very soon. Alpha Derek Hale takes notice.
Professor Xavier’s a Total Douchebag by Fanhag102 (13, T)
Summary: Derek Hale can read minds. If he could have chosen a mutant power for himself instead of being given one by random, genetic happenstance it’s safe to say mind-reading would not have been his 1st, 2nd, or even 96th choice.
Maybe if he’d gotten the power of invisibility he wouldn’t be sitting in a senior Economics class next to a hyperactive kid with a buzz cut who won’t stop thinking about dicks.
covalent bonds by HalfFizzbin (7,5k, E)
Summary: Derek’s a hot nerd. Stiles is a nerdy jock. A LOVE STORY FOR THE AGES.
Why don’t you say so? by sassywerewolfuncle (8k, T)
Summary: Talia Hale has a plan. Derek will go to the Winter Formal and he will ask the Stilinski boy to dance, and they will finally get their heads out of their asses and her son will stop moping around the house in his underwear.
Spoiler: Derek doesn’t ask Stiles to dance
What I Go To School For by goodnight_tinyhumans (5,5k, T)
Summary: Derek is having a hard time with chemistry. Stiles is one of the best students in the class. This couldn’t possibly go wrong.
Talk Geeky to Me by stilesanderek (minxxx) (20k, E)
Summary: The five times Derek and Stiles “fake” kiss and one time they take things further.