About the Academy

Starlight Academy was founded on the principle that all gifted peoples should have the chance to become part of society. The Academy has one goal: to created educated and valuable generations of individuals who can change the world. An education system for those who were gifted. A safe haven for the unwanted. A hidden paradise.

The school is funded by wealthy gifted persons, governments who want to recruit gifted person, and individuals who are sending their children to the Academy. The Headmistress herself is nearly infinitely wealthy, and funds the majority. Clean dormitories, quality school lunches, and the finest of education make Starlight Academy a beacon of hope in a world of discrimination. In the modern world, gifted persons are often discriminated by society, feared by their family and friends and rejected for their strange appearances and abilities. However, their powers are useful, and those in higher government and stature recognize it and desire that power for themselves.

To protect gifted persons from both society and exploitation, Starlight Academy is a shield that allows a safe environment that develops individuals into adults that can speak and decide for themselves. The Headmistress hires a large work force who dedicates themselves to finding gifted persons and inviting them to the Islands. They search by scanning the news, sensing power use, and using other means, and once they find a gifted person they invite them to the academy, either via letter or in person.

On the surface, the Academy buildings appear old and castle-like, with elaborate architecture and spiraling towers. Inside features beautifully designed wooden flowers, arches, and stained glass windows. However, the school features elaborate technology and hidden enchantments. Classrooms usually feature a “universal language” enchantment that allows teachers and students to understand each other no matter where they come from.

History of the School

Cordelia Moor always felt that she was different from everyone else. Growing up as an orphan, she had no family to rely on, but when she began to summon spirits she was ostracized and threatened to be thrown out if she pursued her abilities. However, Cordelia believe her ability was special and valuable. She began to wonder if there were others in the world that were like her. Unique and gifted. Often she would meditate, seeking out the answer as to what she should do with this gift.

When she turned thirteen, Cordelia received a letter in the mail from distant relatives. Without her ever knowing, her mother and father had passed away when a cruiser boat was lost at sea. Their legacy had left her a fortune, and Cordelia was immediately drowning in wealth. And that's when it all began.

Immediately she put a large portion of the money into savings, multiplying the portions as much as possible within the next several years. Using the remaining amounts of money, she began to seek out others who were gifted. Others who were like her.

She proposed to them an idea. An education system for those who were gifted. A safe haven for the unwanted. A hidden paradise. By the late 1800s, her dream came true. After years and years of hard work, research, funding and private donations, she opened up Starlight Academy and became Headmistress Moor.

Scouts

The scouts are specially trained Starlight Academy employees that find and invite people to the island. A detailed article about them can be found here!

School Map

Dress Code

Uniform

Starlight Academy's uniforms are unique in that they are magical. They are able to fit any size, adjust to any appendages (wings, etc), and dissolve when a shapeshifter changes form. They are mandatory for students that are in Kindergarten through High School when attending classes on weekdays. Students who fully in animal or inhuman form are not required to wear the uniform. Uniforms are not segregated by gender. Anyone of any gender can choose to wear either the skirt or pants uniform. College students are able to dress how they wish, though same may use the uniform if they prefer.

Students are expected to meet basic body hygiene, but aside from that they are very lenient. Colored hair, piercings, tattoos, jewelry and the like are all allowed on Academy grounds.

Every student wears an emblem on their uniform. The emblems of the lower school students are light blue while the emblems of upper school students are dark blue. Above every emblem is an empty bar filled by a level of stars. Six stars indicate that the student is in the oldest year of their particular level while a single star indicates the opposite. To clarify, lower school consists of grades first to sixth while upper school consists of grade seven to the last year of high school.

Sports

Cheerleader

The cheerleader uniform is a dark blue color with gold accents and lettering.

Cheerleading is a more curious sport because the Academy operates all its sports inwardly – meaning that they can only compete on an internal scale. Though the student body will make up several different teams for each sport, the cheerleaders are a unified force, cheering on all students participating.

Varsity

The varsity uniform features a light blue body, dark blue sleeves, and golden lines on the collar and wrist cuffs.

Students that are members of sports clubs get the complete varsity jacket for free, but more casual versions are also available to regular students for a high price. As per usual, the Starlight Academy letterman jackets are available to students from High School to college aged.

When a player wins an award in the sport of their choice, they receive an embroidered letter on their jacket. This can be anything from simple participation to actually winning school sponsored events, as well as moving from Junior to Senior varsity. The entire jacket is made from boiled wool, with banded sleeves, collar and waist band.

Often, the name of the owner of the jacket is embroidered into the jacket as well. Varsity jacket owners who win games with a championship winning team usually receive a patch in commemoration that they can iron onto the jacket in the location of their choice, usually the back. If they win individual commemorations, they will also sew medals onto the jacket as well to signify their personal accomplishments.

Often letters are awarded at school awards ceremonies and the like.

School Rules

ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to attend school regularly and on time.

ACHIEVEMENT

Students are expected to achieve academically. They are expected to:

  • strive to fulfill their academic potential.
  • actively participate in the educational process.
  • actively participate in community activities.

CITIZENSHIP

Students are expected to be good citizens. They are expected to:

  • model and promote trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
  • respect authority, property, and the rights of others.
  • avoid confrontation and any activity that has the potential to cause a verbal or physical conflict.
  • maintain standards of integrity and responsibility.
  • maintain a safe school environment.
  • report any/all information/circumstances related to campus safety and problems (fights, weapons, or drugs on campus.)

STUDENT BEHAVIOR

Every student is responsible for helping maintain a safe, orderly and educationally efficient learning environment. Students are expected to:

  • attend school every day and be on time for every class.
  • resolve differences with others in a positive, non-violent way.
  • remain drug, alcohol and tobacco free during school hours.
  • follow the school dress code as closely as possible (exceptions may be made for those who are shapeshifters, in non human form, or have magical appendages).
  • respect school property and the property of others.
  • respect fellow students and all school staff members.
  • comply with the standards of behavior in their classrooms.

CONSEQUENCES

If students do not maintain the above rules, consequences will follow.

  • Demerits: for minor offenses, members of Academy faculty can issue demerits. If the student accrues a sufficient number of demerits, they will receive detention.
  • Detention: the student is required to stay at school under faculty supervision and be bored out of their minds for a prescribed amount of time outside of normal school hours. Less severe offenses merit detention immediately before or after school. More severe offenses or truly alarming numbers of demerits can land a student in detention during the weekend. A student with sufficiently bad grades may also land themselves in a state of academic probation, which is similar to detention, except it always takes the form of a mandatory study hall.
  • Suspension: the removal of a student from a class or classes and all school-related activities for any period of time. Suspension will include a range of responses from in-school suspension alternatives to long-term removals of one year or longer. Students who are suspended will attend the Secondary school on the northwest Islet. They will reside there until their suspension is complete.
  • Expulsion: the permanent suspension of a student from Starlight Academy and all of its facilities.

Daily Student Schedule

To accommodate nocturnal students, classes are available both during the daytime and the nighttime. Daytime courses happen on Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Nighttime classes happen on Sunday night through Thursday night; they begin at 9:00 PM and end at 4:30 AM the following morning. College classes, special remedial classes, and kindergarten classes are all too variable to be able to list here, but these schedules should provide an insight into the Academy's daily rhythm

Elementary

Elementary students have a strict schedule, as they are in their early development years and usually cannot wander the school. They stay in the same classrooms, usually growing up with the same classmates until they reach High School. At the end of the day, they have to attend mandatory Power Classes.

Class Start (Day) Finish (Day) Start (Night) Finish (Night)
Morning Routine 8:00 AM 8:50 AM 9:00 PM 9:50 PM
Reading 8:53 AM 9:43 AM 9:53 PM 10:43 PM
Writing 9:46 AM 10:36 AM 10:46 PM 11:36 PM
Lunch / Recess 10:39 AM 11:53 AM 11:39 PM 12:53 AM
Science/Social 11:56 AM 12:46 PM 12:56 AM 1:46 AM
Music/Art 12:48 PM 1:38 PM 1:48 AM 2:38 AM
Math 1:40 PM 2:30 PM 2:40 AM 3:30 AM
Power Classes 2:35 PM 3:30 PM 3:35 AM 4:30 AM

High School

High School students are the largest population at the school, and as a result students schedules will vary wildly. Student classrooms are random and varied, and they will often have to rush from one class to the next. Usually High School students will take advanced math, science, history, literature, and two extra-curricular classes (such as art, music, computers, languages, etc). At the end of the day, students have the option of taking power classes, though it is not mandatory for them.

Class Start (Day) Finish (Day) Start (Night) Finish (Night)
1st Period 8:00 AM 8:50 AM 9:00 PM 9:50 PM
2nd Period 8:55 AM 9:45 AM 9:55 PM 10:45 PM
3rd Period 9:50 AM 10:40 AM 10:50 PM 11:40 PM
4th Period (A) 10:45 AM 11:35 AM 11:45 PM 12:35 AM
Lunch A 10:45 AM 11:45 AM 11:45 PM 12:45 AM
Lunch B 11:40 AM 12:40 PM 12:40 AM 1:40 AM
4th Period (B) 11:50 AM 12:40 PM 12:50 AM 1:40 AM
5th Period 12:45 PM 1:35 PM 1:45 AM 2:35 AM
6th Period 1:40 PM 2:30 PM 2:40 AM 3:30 AM
Power Classes 2:35 PM 3:30 PM 3:35 AM 4:30 AM

Grade Levels

Typically, the age of an academy student corresponds to their grade level as follows:

Grade Level Age Range School level
Kindergarten 5-6 Elementary School
1st grade 6-7 Elementary School
2nd grade 7-8 Elementary School
3rd grade 8-9 Elementary School
4th grade 9-10 Elementary School
5th grade 10-11 Elementary School
6th grade 11-12 Elementary School
7th grade 12-13 Middle School
8th grade 13-14 Middle School
9th grade 14-15 High School
10th grade 15-16 High School
11th grade 16-17 High School
12th grade 17-18 High School

However, it is fairly common for new students to require remedial classes, or to be put in a grade level above or below what is “expected” for their age. A new arrival at the academy will take assessment tests, which are taken into account along with their preferences and the recommendations of a school counselor to determine which grade level they enter into.

Annual Schedule

Starlight Academy runs year round, using the following schedule:

Date Event
September 1st New school year begins, Term 1
September 25th - October 8th Term Break
November 19th First quarter ends
December 11th - January 3rd Winter Break
February 18th Second quarter ends, end of first term
March 12th - 25th March Break
May 20th Third quarter ends
May 21st - 31st Spring Break
August 18th Fourth quarter ends, end of second term, school year ends
August 19th - 31st Summer Break

Clubs

Clubs are scheduled by their club leaders. Normally, club meetings are held after school on weekdays, though it can vary from group to group. Any student is capable of starting a club of their own.

Current clubs can be found on the group forum.

Starlight Academy Student Council

The Student Council helps share the ideas, interests, and concerns of students, and shares them with teachers and school principles. They assist in raising money for school events and community projects. The group is loosely based on the Philippines version of Student Government, though it lacks the “Public Relations Officer” and “Sergeant at Arms”.

The Student Council changes every semester. They serve from September-February in the first term and March-August in the second term respectively. The Student Council should work together to coordinate their efforts into making Starlight Academy a better place.

President:

The President of the Student Council serves the interests of the students of Starlight Academy. They may start events, implement projects, and bring concerns up to faculty members. They are expected to head discussions and act as a role model to the other council members and the student body.

Vice President:

The Vice President is the second in power after the President. The Vice President may implement minor decisions and act in the place of the Student Council President in their absence.

Auditor:

The Auditor of the Student Council is expected to handle all official documents and ensure that the projects implemented by the Council run smoothly.

Treasurer:

The Treasurer of the Student Council is appointed to keep the Council’s money safe, create accurate financial records, and give advice about the financial feasibility of projects they want to implement.

Secretary:

The Secretary of the Student Council is expected to keep a record of all meetings and decisions made by the Student Council. They keep contacts for the council and are expected to coordinate with the Auditor to ensure their projects are properly implemented.

Youth homelessness is a tragically common problem among supernatural youth. Children have been disowned for their supernatural status, have lost their families to magical accidents, and have become orphans or otherwise unaccompanied minors for countless other reasons. As such, Starlight Academy frequently finds itself in a position of legal guardianship of its students. It also finds itself in a position of de-facto guardianship over minors whose parents don't live on the island. More details about this can be found here.

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