After School (애프터스쿨) is a South Korean K-pop girl group under Pledis Entertainment. The group has an admission and a graduation concept. After School officially debuted on January 15th, 2009 with their single, "New Schoolgirl". The group included 11 members: Bekah (graduated), E-Young (graduated), Jooyeon (graduated), Jungah (graduated), Kaeun (graduated), Kahi (graduated), Lizzy, (graduated), Nana, Raina (graduated), Soyoung (graduated), and UEE (graduated).
After School was first formed by Kahi as she began planning and producing the group with the current CEO of Pledis Entertainment. After School was first introduced as a five-member group with the line-up being: Bekah, Kahi, Jooyeon, Jungah, and Soyoung. Their unofficial appearance was on December 29th, 2008 at the SBS Song Festival. From 2009 and onward, there were many line-up changes as members joined and graduated from the group.
On January 27th, 2011 Pledis Entertainment announced they had signed a contract with a Japanese record label, Avex Trax for After School. The group started Japanese activities by collaborating with Japanese R&B superstar, Namie Amuro; featuring in the song "Make It Happen" for the collaboration album. The song won "Best Collaboration at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan. Their official debut in Japan was on August 17th, 2011 with their first Japanese single and version of "Bang!". The single peaked number seven on the Oricon Weekly Chart. This indicated that the group had major success in Japan.
After School received attention for their unique live performances, often incorporating different concepts such as, drums, tap dancing, and pole dancing which received praised from Billboard who referred to the group as the "top performers in K-pop". Following After School's praise, the group was ranked number five in Billboard's list of the "Top 10 K-Pop Girl Groups of the Past Decade".
There is no official statement on whether or not that After School disbanded. Pledis Entertainment halted both After School and Orange Caramel activities since 2015 as members embarked on individual music, modeling, and acting careers.