There are a total of nine National Magic University Affiliated High Schools in the country of Japan. These are nationally established High Schools for the purpose of nurturing Magicians, the practitioners of modern magic.
|Name of School||Location||Enrollees Quota / Yearly|
|First High School||Hachioji (Kanto, Tokyo)||200|
|Second High School||Nishinomiya (Kinki, Hyogo)||200|
|Third High School||Kanazawa (Hokuriku, Ishikawa)||200|
|Fourth High School||Hamamatsu (Tokai, Shizuoka)||100|
|Fifth High School||Sendai (Tohoku, Miyagi)||100|
|Sixth High School||Izumo (Sanin, Shimane)||100|
|Seventh High School||Kochi (Shikoku, Kochi)||100|
|Eighth High School||Otaru (Hokkaido)||100|
|Ninth High School||Kumamoto (Kyushu, Kumamoto)||100|
Among First through Third High, they are schools where only elites are accepted, right at the start of enrolment, the students are already divided into high achievers and low achievers. Currently, they accept only 200 new students per year. Both Course 1 and 2 will have 100 students each and there are 4 classes of Course 1 students and 4 classes of Course 2 students (The Third High School terms them as "Specialized Course" and "General Studies Course").
The difference between Course 1 and Course 2 students lies in the availability of instructors; if we take away the availability of a personal instructor, then the curriculum between the two courses are the same. From April 2096 First High School converted its Class E into a specialised Magical Engineering Course from the second year, reducing Course 2 to 3 classes. The Magic Engineering Course has an instructor and focuses on the technical side of magic over practical classes.
While the Fourth to Ninth schools, each with a quota of a hundred students, provide instructors to all the students, the level of their instructors is a notch lower compared to those of the First to Third schools.
Rules & Regulations on Use of Magic by Students
- The use of magic off campus is tightly regulated by law. The mere possession of CAD off campus is not restricted, because though CADs are currently indispensable tools for magicians, but they are not essential for the use of magic (Magic can be used even without a CAD). Therefore, the law does not restrict the mere possession of a CAD.
- Students are required to deposit their CADs at the office before the start of classes and allowed to collect them when returning home. The only ones allowed to carry a CAD in the school are senior members of the student council and certain committee members.
- Using attack magic on others for any reason other than self-defense is not just a violation of school rules, it's a criminal offense!
- Students teaching each other isn't restricted, however, exercising or executing magic is prohibited (This is taught in 1st semester).
Even though various schools follow the curriculum guidelines set by the National University of Magic, there are also schools that have their own special characteristics. First and Second High School teach according to the international guidelines. The Third High School places emphasis on practical battle magic, and, in contrast, the Fourth High School places emphasis on a large number of highly complex manufacturing magic which is valuable in areas of magic engineering.
Aside from the different focuses in the types of magic, there are also schools that specialize in magic usable in a particular environment. The Seventh High School teaches, separate from the normal curriculum, a high-level magic that has practical usability above water or seas, while the Eighth High School integrates practical outdoor lessons on magic useful in regions of extreme cold or mountainous regions where the living environments are extreme.
While other schools may not have their own specialized curriculum, this should not lead one to believe that they are any less prestigious. First High School, in particular, is an upper-level, magic institution known to send the most graduates to the National University of Magic every year. At the same time, it is also an elite school that churns out the largest number of excellent Magicians.
Nine Schools Competition
- Main Article: Nine Schools Competition
The official name of the event is the Nationwide Magic High School Athletics Competition, and as its name suggests, involves students from First through Ninth High School, hence its more commonly referred to name. It is a team competition involving fierce magic games, meant to fuel the aspirations of the students, with some schools even putting more emphasis towards the games than most prestigious sports schools.
Competition events include Speed Shooting, Crowd Ball, Battle Board, Ice Pillars Break, Mirage Bat, and Monolith Code, six in total, with Monolith Code being a men's only event and Mirage Bat a women's only event. The outcomes of these events are often used to rank each school among the others. Depending on the school, if a club performed splendidly during the Nine Schools Competition, the club’s budget and its members receive special treatment. Students with outstanding performance in the events would receive extra credit for their classes, and just being one of the official participants, netted students no homework during the course of the event, or even guaranteed straight A's. This not only applies to the participants, but to the students selected as engineers as well.
After Scorched Halloween the Competition had certain events replaced by new ones that were related to training and testing students for the Military. The events that were removed are Speed Shooting, Crowd Ball, and Battle Board. The events that replaced them are Rower and Gunner, Shield Down, and Steeplechase Cross-Country.
The event regularly draws a large and diverse crowd of spectators, including government officials, corporate representatives from domestic and foreign businesses, researchers, and scouts, as well as those simply interested in magic. Therefore, it is the greatest stage for Magic High School students to shine.
- Main Article: Thesis Competition
Seen as the literary complement to the Nine Schools Competition, the Thesis Competition is where schools try to regain lost honor from the Nine Schools Competition. Although not as well known as the Nine Schools Competition, the Thesis Competition is seen as just as important.
Only three participants are required, as compared to the over fifty in the Nine Schools Competition. The participants only need to write a thesis and present a model. If the thesis is good enough, the work will be published, and lucky ones get their thesis known internationally. Participation requires a recommendation from a magic high school or the passing of a thesis preliminary, but no one has ever participated without being recommended.
Of course, the topic of research must be for the good of the country, any topic that can be seen as malicious is censored.