The academy was founded approximately 2700 years ago. It is not under the direct control of Central 46.
The Academy was once called the Shinigami Academy. It was then changed to the Spiritual Arts Academy when it developed into an institute for the next generation of the Kidō Corps and the Onmitsukidō, as well as the Shinigami of the Gotei 13. However, it is still referred to as Shinigami Academy in Rukongai. Due to the coalition forming and the creation of the Gotei United, where all three sects have become one. It now serves as an instutute to create the next generation of shinigami for the Soul Society as a whole.
The Academy is a sprawling, multiple story building with architecture similar to that of Seireitei. It has an open courtyard, many classrooms, dormitories and practice areas for Zanjutsu, Hakuda, Hohō, and Kidō. Eligibility:
Applicants to the academy must pass an entrance exam in order to be admitted, and likely must demonstrate that they have some reiatsu. The entrance exam is open to any and all who wish to apply. The social classes of the applicants can range from nobles and residents of the more hospitable districts of Rukongai to its more barbaric outer regions.
The results of the entrance exam are used to divide up the successful applicants into different classes, with those who obtain the highest grades being placed in the first class. At the start of the academic year, there is a welcoming ceremony for the new students. If an applicant fails the exam, it may be taken again.Curriculum:
The Academy's curriculum is taught over six years, though exceptionally gifted students have been known to graduate from the academy in less time than this. In addition to a more general education, the pupils are taught how to control and make use of their reiatsu, as well as the four major Shinigami combat forms: Hakuda, Hohō, Kidō, and Zanjutsu.
Students also learn how to perform Soul Burials, how to communicate with the spirit of their Zanpakutō and are prepared for the general duties of a Shinigami. Upon completing the Academy's curriculum, a student will then be given the option of joining a division within the Gotei United, though some may wish to pursue other avenues such as the Rukongai's Police Force, Sakutaiso.
In addition, due to the sweeping reforms of Captain Commander Abalia Kyoraku-Hayden, the curriculum is modified to also provide souls an opportunity to pursue more scholastic approaches beyond the ways of the Shinigami, such as exploration of subjects such as history and the worlds to encourage independent thinking and development. As a result the curriculum is quite mixed.Headmaster:
Jushiro Ukitake [Tentatively].Teachers:
Below is a list of notable teachers, whether volunteers or actively engaged in the Academy workings full-time. Their classes and roles are given a brief summary.Gengorō Ōnabara
Chief Instructor for Class #1
: the special accelerated class. Those of exceptional talent and aptitude will find themselves placed within this class, it tackles far more advanced topics and will typically have shinigami come out above average by the end of their tenure.Liana Unohana
An instructor of multiple fields, Liana fills a substitute role with her flexible skillset and runs numerous specialist courses though she is notably found within the kidō courses as the Captain of the Second Division. Rukia Kuchiki
Instructor for Kidō, her classes vary from more advanced subjects and accelerated classes in addition to more general ones. Rarely found outside of the Kidō field due to only being part-time as a result of her extra duties within the Gotei United's Seventh Division.Shishiyuki Koizumi
Instructor for Hakuda. Her classes tend to be more generic with the occasional advanced class. She is held in high regard for the quality of teaching she does however rarely receives praise for it. She has no loyalty to the Gotei United and is consistent. Members:Shiroi - 3rd year student(?).Kasumiōji, Eri - 5th year student. Koizumi, Kasha - 5th year student.Sawachika, Kyo - 5th year student.