80 years before the start of the series, Haven Academy was founded with the help of Ozpin in the Kingdom of Mistral following the end of the Great War, in order to train Huntsmen and Huntresses to slay the Creatures of Grimm.
As the 40th Vytal Festival was nearing, exchange students from Haven began arriving at Vale and Beacon Academy. Sun Wukong being the first, and later the rest of Team SSSN and Team ABRN. Cinder Fall, Emerald Sustrai, Mercury Black and Neopolitan also pose as students from Haven entering the Vytal Festival. Whether or not they actually come from there remains unknown.
Following the Battle of Beacon, Ruby Rose, Jaune Arc, Nora Valkyrie, and Lie Ren set out for Haven in hopes of investigating the conspiracy that led to Beacon's downfall, following up on a possible lead from Qrow Branwen's prior investigations.
It is currently targeted by Salem's Faction. In "A Much Needed Talk" Qrow tells Team RNJR that its Headmaster is aware and will be on his guard. However, in "No Safe Haven", Professor Lionheart is seen meeting with Arthur Watts, putting his true allegiance and the safety of Haven Academy into question.
Haven's school uniform consists of a black jacket with a light gray outline around the edges, a white undershirt and a white band around the student's left arm.
The female outfit consists of a gray and black checkered skirt, whereas the male uniform has a pair of black trousers.
A large desk made of mahogany dominates the space of the autumn-colored office. In the corner, for a more comfortable setting, are a small table and chairs for guests. On the table is a tea set that was gifted by Ozpin.
- Its name has a meaning similar to the name for Sanctum Academy, the academy attended by Pyrrha Nikos. Sanctum is also implied to be in Mistral and may act as a counterpart to Signal Academy in Vale.