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Beacon Academy
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Vale

Beacon Academy is a facility for training teams of fighters to slay the various monsters that plague Remnant. The academy is run by Headmaster Ozpin

Description

Students with the aspiration to become Hunters, whose duty is to keep the peace within the world, strive to attend Beacon. In order to be accepted into Beacon, students must go to special schools in order to be trained in combat (like Signal Academy) or be invited to the school after showing exceptional skill (like Ruby Rose).

Once being accepted into Beacon, new students have to go through an initiation, where they will be placed into teams after its completion.

The curriculum also appears to be rigorous and dangerous, as there is the possibility of death even during initiation.

Students

Beacon Academy is a residential/boarding-type school, with its students residing in dormitories on the campus. The school seems to provide all living facilities, including hygiene, food and laundry facilities. However, students are not restricted to the campus outside lessons and frequently spend their weekends in nearby City of Vale.

Dress Code

  • The male uniform
  • The female uniform

All students are required to wear a uniform. The males wear black colored suits lined with gold with a blue vest and white shirt with red tie. The females wear long stockings, which are an optional component, a red plaid skirt, and a brown jacket with a tan vest and white shirt.

Students are given the freedom to customize their attire, as Ruby also wears her hood with her uniform. The dress code doesn't seem to be upheld very strictly, as one student in a lecture did not have his uniform on, and was not reprimanded.

Given that students dress in uniform even when in their dorm rooms, it seems that wearing casual clothing is not permitted on the campus. However, it is clearly permissible for a student to wear their combat clothing instead. 

This is naturally the case during combat-oriented exercises such as the initiation test, dueling practice or other field trips. Additionally, some tutors such as Glynda Goodwitch seem to prefer to have their students in their combat attire even when giving orientation lessons on the campus. This suggests a degree of staff discretion in the enforcement of the dress code.

Location

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Roman's map of Vale. Beacon is circled and labeled.

Beacon lies along the East edge of the City of Vale, and has a wide river that runs through part of it. Airships are used to transport new students to the academy.

A port is seen at the bottom of the cliffs next to Beacon Academy, implying that you could also arrive by boat. Beacon's boundaries appear to reach rather far, and include a rather large forest and mountain terrain.

Campus

Main Avenue

After arrival, new cadet Huntsmen and Huntresses are deposited on a long, wide avenue leading up to what appears to be the main academy buildings and their large, impressive main doorway. The avenue is marked with trees and flag-draped light-poles.

Beyond the doorway there appears to be a large, open-air amphitheater. Within this is a raised platform upon which a speaker can address those standing below. This amphitheater can also serve as a fighting arena, where the audience would stay on stands at the sides.[1]

Beacon Tower

The most prominent part of the academy buildings is a large tower, apparently the same one seen in the opening narration of the first episode. This is surmounted by what appears to be some kind of signal light, possibly the beacon which the institution is named after.

Academy Gardens

The academy is also shown to have large gardens, apparently at the rear of the buildings, including a large pond surrounded by a path, where students are free to wander as they please.

Beacon Academy Statue

The campus of Beacon Academy includes a large statue featuring two figures, one a male and the other a younger-looking female, standing on a rock outcropping. They are both dressed in some kind of robe with hoods over their heads.

The male has a sword in his right hand and he is raising it up in a seemingly triumphant gesture. The younger female has a double-edged battle ax in her left hand. She is looking off to the side at something on the horizon. Below the two figures is a Beowolf looking in the same direction as the male figure. 

Inside the Academy

There is a grand assembly area where Ozpin holds meetings of the student body for various purposes and a ballroom that doubles as a living area that new students may sleep in until they are assigned proper quarters.

A uni-sex locker room is also present, as well as a dining hall and washroom facilities. After the initiation, to store weapons and extra armor, each student is assigned a rocket-propelled locker that can be sent to a custom location based on a six-digit code.

The Amphitheater

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Ruby and Jaune entering the assembly area/dueling arena

The assembly area is in the form of a glass-domed amphitheater with raised bleachers arranged in a circle around a circular stage that has a tall, ornate (possibly wooden) backdrop with blue lights. There is also a large open area in front of the stage where students can stand. 

As well as being used for meetings of the student body, in Jaunedice, we see that the assembly area being used for dueling practice with the raised stage being used as the fighting area. The lighting in this area can be carefully controlled, making it impossible to see the rest of the area and giving duelists the illusion of being entirely on their own.

Lecture Hall

Beacon Academy has at least one lecture hall not unlike those found in universities. In The Badge and The Burden, we see a lecture hall with (apparently) antique drawings of the various known species of Grimm.

This hall has sufficient space for practical demonstrations in front of the students' desks. In Jaunedice, Pt.2, we see a lecture hall rigged for a history lesson with the Remnant world map overlaid by a complex pattern of notes linked with strings displayed on the wall behind the lecturer.

Dorms

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Team RWBY dorm, as decorated by the girls on their second day

All the dorms at Beacon appear to be co-ed dorms, with males and females sleeping in the same room. This is done to let all members of a team share the same living area. The students note that these rooms are somewhat cramped. However, more organized teams generally find that there is sufficient room to meet all of their needs.

The doors to the dorm rooms are secured using an electronic lock that is disengaged using a student's Scroll. It is possible to get locked out if the door closes and the student does not have their Scroll with them.

In Jaunedice, Pt.2, we see that the blocks containing the dorms are in separate buildings some distance from the main academy buildings. This was first hinted at by the fact that students are seen running through the Academy Gardens on the way to classes in The Badge and The Burden.

Dining Hall

The Academy includes a large, formal dining room running down the length of a cloister-like hall. The dining room features four long tables running the length of the hall with benches to either side and walking areas in between them. Students are encouraged to sit with their teams and with other groups.

Like all parts of the academy buildings, the dining hall is somewhat gothic in appearance and the walls are marked with the academy's crossed-ax logo.

In Forever Fall, Pt.2 , it is established that students are allowed to eat in their dormitories. However, it is clear that students are encouraged to use the Dining Hall.

Emerald Forest

Beacon Academy uses the Emerald Forest as the location for its initiation. The forest is filled with dangerous wildlife.

Course Details

In The First Step, Ozpin stated that his new students will be in their selected teams for four years. This strongly suggests that this is the length of the education at the academy.

Practical exercises appear to be a significant part of the courses; of these some are held in the Emerald Forest. Other out-of-campus activities include field trips to locations such as Forever Fall.

Students also attend lectures, given by staff such as Peter Port, on various topics like the various monsters they may encounter, though these lectures also are inherently dangerous as students may be exposed to said monsters.

Known Teams

Known Staff Members

Trivia

  • Beacon is described as a legendary academy in the summary of "The First Step." This, coupled with the fact that many warriors come to train at this school, strongly suggests that not only is Beacon well known, but it is one of the best, if not the best, combat schools in Vale, or possibly even in all of Remnant.
  • Based on Weiss', Blake's, and Yang's ages, the usual admission age for Beacon Academy is 17. Ruby, however, was offered an early invitation.

References

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