School Schedule

Schools for all ages across the Empire operate two primary sessions per year, a spring session and a fall session. Each session is three months long. The school year begins with the fall session, which runs from September to November. Everything is closed for the winter hiatus, during December, Ianuarius, and Februarius. The spring session begins in Martius and extends through Maius. There is a special summer session from Iunius through Sextilis, but most students do not attend these classes as they are focused on helping the students who have fallen behind. School hours for everything except petty schools tend to be long, usually 8-9 hours per day.

Petty Schools

The Empire’s petty schools are where children aged 5-8 learn the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. Some villages have a free petty school, and all towns and cities have a free petty school. All schools within the Empire are mixed gender. Petty schools are overseen by Mayors or Reeves and funded by taxes. Little money is invested in the free petty schools and the education can be quite poor. Attendance is not mandatory and is typically low, especially in rural areas where children must work. In addition to the free schools, there are also expensive private petty schools that prepare privileged students for exclusive grammar schools.

Notable Private Petty Schools

Students aged 5-8. Schools ranked in order of reputation.

Grammar Schools

The Empire’s grammar schools are where children aged 9-13 learn reading, writing, arithmetic, rhetoric, logic, and Latic. Promising grammar school graduates may go on to attend a college or university. Noble children do not attend a petty or grammar school. They have private tutors to prepare them for university.

Every Viscountdom must maintain an affordable public grammar school for their shire. Grammar schools are sometime called shire schools. Most of these are set up as boarding schools. Even the “affordable” ones are too costly for peasants.

There are also expensive private grammar schools for students who find the shire schools too base.

Notable Private Grammar Schools

Students aged 9-13. Schools ranked in order of reputation.

Monastic Schools

The Empire’s monastic schools are a religious alternative to grammar schools. Children aged 9-13 learn the standard reading, writing, arithmetic, rhetoric, logic, and Latic. But there is a strong emphasis on theology. Monastic schools are free, but are only operated within cathedrals, and students are recruited and maintained based on merit and behavior. All students are boarded.

Promising monastic school graduates may go on to attend a cathedral school.

Notable Monastic Schools

Students aged 9-13. Schools ranked in order of reputation.


Colleges are privately owned and generally less expensive than universities. Most colleges teach the eight liberal arts: arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, music theory, grammar, logic, rhetoric, philosophy. Some colleges are dedicated to a specific curriculum, such as trade, archeology, law, mining, or engineering. Colleges give only four-year Scholar degrees, usually to students aged 14-17.

Notable Colleges

Schools ranked in order of reputation.

Cathedral Schools

Every cathedral has both a monastic and cathedral school. Monastic schools are mostly just grammar schools, but they do have some theology to prepare students for Cathedral school, usually at the same Cathedral.

Cathedral schools can be as expensive as colleges. However, the Church always accepts one merit-based scholarship student for every paying student. So half of cathedral-school students pay nothing. The scholarship students are generally the best students from the monastic schools.

Cathedral schools offer Scholar degrees in the eight liberal arts with a strong emphasis in religion. However, their Adept and Doctorate degrees are only offered in Theology, to prepare them for joining the clergy. Students begin cathedral school at age 14 and may graduate as late as age 22, depending on their degree program.

Notable Cathedral Schools

Schools ranked in order of reputation.


The Crown operates all universities. They are very expensive and don’t give scholarships. Universities offer Scholar, Adept and Doctorate degrees in several fields, such as the eight liberal arts, various types of law, archeology, engineering, and medicine. They do not offer theology degrees. Some universities also have Practitioner programs. Students begin university at age 14 and may graduate as late as age 25, depending on their degree program.

Notable Universities

Schools ranked in order of reputation.

War Academies

The Empire has state-sponsored war academies of both foot and horse. These are boarding schools that children usually enter at the age of nine. They vary in quality and can be expensive at the higher end. Students at war academies learn grammar, some liberal arts, a lot of military arts, and graduate at age 16. Graduates apprentice to a military Undercommander in the field and begin a three-year training program to become an Undercommander, the lowest of the officer ranks, by the age of 19. However, some graduates choose not to join the standing army, instead becoming mercenaries, duelists, or guardians for their own estates.

War academies are managed by their provincial governments. Instructors at war academies do not have traditional academic titles, but instead use their military ranks. Some are still in active service, but most have retired from the army.

No other Empire in the world has military academies. This is just one reason the Imperials are considered experts in war. In fact, many foreigners feel the Empire is obsessed with war.

Notable War Academies

Schools ranked in order of reputation.

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