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Romanian Spellcasters Institute
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Welcome to Romanian Spellcasters Institute! Tucked away in the Carpathian Mountains, this former monastery houses the only formal school of magic in Romania and is significantly smaller than the larger schools of Western Europe. Students begin attending from a young age and are educated not just in the magical arts but also in religion, a testament to the school's origins. Those attending are also expected to participate in work duties around the school, such as tending to the gardens or helping to clean the chapel or classrooms, in order to instill a sense of responsibility in students.

Though any student who is familiar with the Romanian language is welcome to apply, the majority of students are Romanian residents, with some Moldovans also in attendance. Though many Hungarian-Romanian students choose to attend as well due to residing in the country, it is not uncommon for some Hungarian-Romanian students to homeschool or study abroad at Durmstrang or another school of their choice. Paying tuition is required, though scholarships are available.

Character Types: New student characters at the Romanian Spellcasters Institute may only be Witches, Wizards, Seers, half-Veela, Metamorphmagi, or Parseltongue. Transfer students from other schools are accepted. Professors and support staff are welcome and encouraged as well.

Information

Location
This former monastery in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania largely functions the same way it did when it served only religious purposes, but much of the space has been converted to accommodate classrooms for students. The external structure is simple, but the interior rooms feature a variety of mosaics and artwork. The main building hosts a central meeting and dining hall and spaces for learning, along with two wings that branch off of it for student housing, the library, and offices for the professors. There are also several small towers that have been converted into gathering spaces which are situated along the narrow covered walkways that connect the different parts of the school to one another.

In addition to the primary structures, the school grounds also include an infirmary and apothecary, chapel, a small farm for livestock and crops, and an outdoor gathering space for special meals, services, and celebrations. There are also catacombs beneath the school that are typically off limits to students, as they still serve the purpose of housing the dead. A courtyard fills the center area of the school campus, and many students enjoy using the space to study, eat, and socialize.

Beyond the walls of the school patches of forest and open green fields can be seen, most of which are protected. A winding dirt path leads to a nearby village about an hour away, where many older students use the inn's floo network to return home. Due to the small size of the school, many students choose to visit home on weekends, though it is increasingly popular for older students to stay at the school to be free from parental supervision. Students in their fourth and fifth years of Elementary School may visit the neighboring village on weekends on their own, but may receive demerits if they do not return to campus before curfew.

Schooling
The Spellcasters Institute is comprised of two schools, beginning with Primary School at age 8. Most students begin their enrollment at this age, but many who have not shown magical capability, are privately homeschooled, or are otherwise not ready to be part of a classroom may wait until later years to enroll. Primary School lasts for three years, during which students are in Introductory I at age 8, Introductory II at age 9, and Introductory III at age 10. Students in these years have a single teacher that they take short lessons with throughout the day, though they may visit other classrooms for lessons in electives.

The upper level Elementary School consists of students aged 11 to 16, making for a shorter education period than some of their western counterparts as they are enrolled for a total of five years beginning at age 11. These students may choose their own courses from a wide variety of subjects including several mandatory ones, and upper-level students may even be eligible for independent study programs. Though Elementary students are not required to wear uniforms for every day classes, a strict dress code is required during ordinary school hours to prevent students from wearing anything that could be considered distracting, inappropriate, or contradictory to the school's religious roots.

All Elementary students must participate in Work Duty to assist with the upkeep of the school and monastery. Work Duty changes from week to week and is treated like a normal class where students are responsible for tending to the farm and livestock, cleaning dormitories, common areas, and classrooms, leading worship services in the chapel, and other similar tasks. Older students may take on Work Duty assignments that involve preparing meals, tutoring younger students, or even assisting professors.

Unlike many larger magical schools, the Spellcasters Institute lacks much of the standardized, rigorous education, classes, and standardized testing found throughout Europe. While the traditional magical subjects such as potions, transfiguration, and Herbology are usually taught, the school often bends its curriculum to the needs and interests of the students, and as such there are often a variety of unique courses offered throughout the year for Elementary students that are often not found at other schools.
Students in their first three years of Primary school are required to wear uniforms of traditional Romanian dress. Those in the Elementary school are not required to wear uniforms during day to day activities or lessons, but all students must have traditional Romanian dress for special gatherings, holidays, and feasts.

Religion is readily taught, and although Orthodox services are held each week in the chapel, they are not mandatory and students may choose whether or not to attend. Meetings are also held for students of other faiths, including a small service each week for students practicing Judaism.

Dormitories typically house six or eight students at a time, who are of the same gender and who are usually close in age. An older student is usually assigned to each dormitory to keep an eye on younger students, and this job typically rotates throughout the year is it becomes the responsibility of different students. Those ages 14 and older are not assigned a dormitory leader to supervise them. Though dormitories for younger children do exist, many Primary students are brought to the nearby village each day to ride a carriage to the school, and are picked up in the village after their lessons.

Students who misbehave, break rules, or infringe on the dress code are given demerits from professors and nuns. When a student receives three demerits they must attend detention, even if they have already received detention for the action that earned them a demerit. Students who exceed three detentions a year may be required to perform extra work duty.

Classes
Mandatory Classes
Students in years 1-3 of Elementary School must take all of these courses. Students in years 4-5 may choose to drop two, except for those courses which are indicated with a * and remain mandatory.

Astronomy - The study of constellations, planets, outer space, and the night sky
Care of Magical Creatures – An introduction to the many beasts of the wizarding world and how to care for them
Charms - Basic spells that become the building blocks of all wand-based magic
Culture and Tradition* - A course focusing on regional magic, history, and how to perform basic life skills using spells
Defensive Magic - The study of spells and magical arts and how to protect and defend oneself from them
Herbology - The study of the various plant species of the wizarding world, including identification, care, and use
Magizoology - An introduction to the many beasts of the wizarding world and how to care for and interact with them
Potions - How to identify, mix, and prepare ingredients along with a study of proper brewing techniques and practices
Religious Studies* - A course that focuses on Orthodox Christianity, but also covers a wide variety of world religions
Transfiguration - The study of changing one object into another, usually of similar size and stature

Optional Classes
Arithmancy - The study of numerology and how to cast spells and practice divination using numbers
Divination - An overview of the many ways one can predict the future and learn to see with the inner eye
Dragonology - A study of dragons available to years 4-5 only, for those with exemplary marks in Magizoology
Flying - Lessons in flying techniques particularly for sport
History of Magic - A course that builds on the topics covered in Culture and Tradition, but to include the broader wizarding world
Independent Study - For fifth year students only who wish to complete in-depth projects and studies in a particular field
Literature and Folk Tales - A study of magical storytelling available to years 4-5 only, for those with exemplary marks in Culture and Tradition
Runic Studies - The study of the Futhark runic alphabets and how to use them for casting and for divination
Scripture Studies - An in depth course focusing on the Christian bible and the teachings of the church

Clubs & Extracurricular
Choral Club – This singing club meets throughout the week and performs at the chapel service each week
Dueling Club – Students learn to use combative and defense spells in a safe environment.
Fencing Club – Students learn the art of sport fencing using specialized swords on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Gobstones Club – Fans of the popular wizarding board game can hone their skills and enjoy a good time playing this game.
Newspaper Club – Aspiring journalists and photographers are welcome to join this club, which produces the student newspaper, The Niffler.
Quidditch Club – Students skirmish amongst themselves, learn new skills, and play matches against other schools.

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Job Ideas: Professor, caretaker, nurse, headmaster/mistress, counsellor

Romanian Spellcasters Institute is an original business created by the Vault713 staff. Anyone is welcome to play characters working and attending this location, and are welcome to help expand this business' features. To suggest ideas or ask questions about this business, please PM one of the Admins.
#15948
Current Employees

Marauder

Students
★ Stefania Balcescu - Secondary School, 4th Year

Golden

Staff
★ Darius Ardelean - Arithmancy Professor

Students
★ Mihai Petrescu - 3rd Year

Reformation

Staff
★ Darius Ardelean - Arithmancy Professor
★ Luca Balcescu - Religious Studies Professor
★ Malanda Serbani - Runic Studies Professor
★ Manuela Balan - Charms Professor

Students
★ Petru Ardelean - 2nd Year
★ Rina Ardelean - Secondary School, 2nd Year