Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters is a special institute founded and led by Professor Charles Xavier to train young mutants in controlling their powers and help foster friendly human-mutant relations emphasizing peaceful coexistence.
In the early 1800s, the land was originally purchased by Malkin Grey and given to his son Charles as an investment if Charles agreed to oversee the family business in America. Due to a clerical error with the paperwork, Charles found the deed to the land prepared under the name Charles Graymalkin. Instead of having the papers modified, Charles chose to embrace this as fate suggesting he start fresh with a new name in a new land.
Charles would go on to have a wife named Marcia and two sons Jonas and David. Jonas disappeared as a young man and was never seen again, leaving the way for David to inherit the family estate. David's great-great-great-granddaughter Sharon would inherit the ancestral home upon the passing of her father Charles Graymalkin IV.
Sharon would marry two men and raise two sons in the home. The first marriage was to Kurt Marko and they named their son Cain. However, Sharon and Kurt were young lovers and Sharon soon left Kurt for a much more successful doctor named Brian Xavier. The son born of that marriage was Charles Xavier, to whom the estate would be given after Cain Marko disappeared in Vietnam and Sharon succumbed to a drug overdose.
Charles left the estate to the care of the estate workers for several years while he studied at Empire State University in New York City and traveled abroad during the summer. Charles returned to take up permanent residence in 1988 with his new bride-to-be, a rather pregnant young woman named Moira MacTaggert. Charles and Moira intended to transform the ancestral home into the center of a community dedicated to fostering a safe environment for mutants: the next stage in the evolution of man. However, as initial inquiries were begun it was determined that a school environment would be more appropriate.
The pro-mutant school opened its doors in the fall of 1993, after five years of modifying the house and grounds, in addition to undertaking extended travels to monitor potential recruits and preparing the curriculum. Most of the estate's caretakers were kept on in some capacity after displaying favorable reactions to Charles revealing himself as a telepath to them. Some caretakers had to be replaced as more mutants (some with drastically atypical appearances) joined the school's students and faculty. By the summer of 1995, the school had fifteen mutant students enrolled and eight mutants on its payroll.
The Graymalkin House now stands as a large Neoclassic mansion constructed on the land near Breakstone Lake just outside of Salem Center, New York. It is currently a two-story building with a finished basement. It has considerable facilities and currently houses 27 persons including 5 faculty, 5 staff, 15 students, and 2 children. There are active plans to construct a third floor with a partial fourth floor with proper faculty apartments and a rooftop greenhouse; with further expansions for the basement and possible sub-basements.
Several acres of land consisting of a mix of both wooded and open areas surround the Graymalkin Home in all directions. The grounds also feature a small lake, a poolhouse, two boathouses, a large fleet garage with mechanic's bay, a basketball court, two tennis courts, and a formal garden that includes a gazebo. The grounds are surrounded by a high wall with surveillance cameras. There are three entrances to the grounds, the front gate which has an intercom and can be opened from the residence, the staff gate which requires a key, and the docks that require a boat.
Room-and-board is included with tuition, but the school also makes use of grants to supplement a large number of scholarships to provide for those students with difficult financial considerations. Students are housed in co-ed dormitories. Meals are served three times a day and a large self-serve kitchen is available 24/7 to meet the needs of students who need to eat more frequently - or who just feel like preparing something for themselves.
- Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and training sessions. If a student is unable to attend, they should notify a faculty member at the earliest convenience.
- As humanity at large is not aware of the existence of mutants, students are expected to keep a low profile whenever conducting themselves off-campus.
- Cars are available for the use of students with drivers' licenses (see Erik if you're interested in driver's training if at least fifteen years and six months of age). The keys must be checked out from Erik or Logan. All students leaving campus should sign out on the garage log, listing their destination, expected time of return, and sign in upon their return. Students who own their own vehicles may keep their vehicles in the garage but are still expected to log their departures.
- Students are expected to keep their own rooms clean, and to do their own laundry. Laundry facilities are available for this reason. Likewise, students using the kitchen are expected to clean up after themselves and Squads will participate in the rotation to assist in the cleaning of the dining room after meals.
- Students should report to their dormitory no later than 10:00 PM on weekdays and Sundays, or midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Exceptions are made for students working on group projects in the common study areas. Note: This rule will not be strictly enforced unless there are complaints from roommates or circumstances that require a faculty member's intervention.
- Areas restricted to faculty are off-limits to students unless accompanied by a member of the faculty.
- Students are encouraged to practice their powers as often as possible whenever it is reasonable to do so. However, the use of powers to antagonize, harm, or intimidate others is strictly forbidden. Students engaging in private training sessions should establish clear parameters, including reasonable levels of restraint on their powers.
- Students choosing to engage in acts of physical intimacy with one another are expected to have attended and sufficiently passed the Sexual Education course. Students are expected to conduct themselves modestly in public areas. Medical screenings and prophylactics are available from Moira MacTaggert upon request.
- While there is no dress code at the school, students are expected to dress appropriately. Inappropriate attire is left to the discretion of the faculty and students are expected to change into more appropriate clothing whenever such a request is made by a member of the faculty.
- Professor Xavier maintains an open-door policy and is available at all times should any students have concerns.
While the residence is open year-round, classes are typically held September to May. Students with families are welcome to go home for the summer months and during holidays. In summer, the school operates in a camp-like format, with various extra-curricular activities available for those who choose to participate. Starting in the spring of 1995, training takes place year-round on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mornings are dedicated to personal training and the afternoons focus on team-building and group focused training.
Note: Not all courses are available each year. Mandatory courses are offered at a minimum of every other year. Many courses that are not lecture-based are conducted in pupil-specific classes with each student in the class working at their own pace and possibly taking different, though related courses. An example of this is the Arithmetic class which functions as a catch-all course for basic mathematics, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses marked by an asterisk are often mentored or independent study courses.
- Basic Communications (1 credits)
- Creative Writing (2 credits) - can be repeated, can be applied toward Art
- Foreign Language (2 credits) - can be repeated
- Literature (2 credits) - can be repeated, can be applied toward Art
- Public Speaking (2 credits)
- Psionic Principles (3 credits) - for Psionics only, can be repeated
- Basic Math (3 credits)
- Algebra (3 credits)
- Geometry (3 credits)
- Trigonometry (3 credits)
- Pre-Calculus (3 credits)
- Calculus (3 credits)
- PHYSICAL EDUCATION
- Physical Education/Health/Sexual Education - rotating course, 3 credits total or 1 credit for each block
- Physical Training (2 credits) - can be repeated
- Swimming (3 credits) - can be repeated
- Blast Principles (3 credits) - can be repeated
- Defense (2 credits) - can be repeated
- Fencing (2 credits) - can be repeated
- Weight-Lifting (2 credits) - can be repeated
- Water Aerobics (3 credits) - can be repeated
- Powers Training (1 - 4 credits) - can be repeated
- Physical Sciences (1 credit)
- Life Sciences (1 credit)
- Biology (3 credits)
- Chemistry (3 credits)
- Physics (3 credits)
- Astrophysics (3 credits)
- Anatomy (3 credits)
- Mutant Physiology (2 credits)
- Botany (3 credits)
- Social Sciences (2 credits)
- History (3 credits)
- Ancient History (3 credits)
- US History (3 credits)
- Ethics (3 credits)
- Psychology (3 credits)
- Current Events (1 credit) - can be repeated
- Gender Studies (3 credits)
- Computer Literacy (3 credits)
- Computer Programming (3 credits) - can be repeated, can be applied toward science
- Automotive Mechanics (3 credits) - can be repeated
- Electronics (3 credits) - can be repeated
- "Under the Radar" (3 credits) - can be repeated
- Cooking (3 credits) - can be repeated
- Landscaping (3 credits) - can be repeated
- Construction (3 credits) - can be repeated
- Accounting (3 credits) - can be repeated
- Dance (3 credits) - can be repeated
- Art (3 credits) - can be repeated
- Music Appreciation (2 credits) - can be repeated
- Film Studies (2 credits) - can be repeated
- Musical Instrument (3 credits) - can be repeated
- Band (3 credits) - can be repeated
- Drama (3 credits) - can be repeated, can be applied toward Communications
- Charles Xavier (Headmaster)
- Erik Lehnsherr (Assistant Headmaster)
- Raven Darkholme (Instructor)
- Moira MacTaggert (Professor)
- Jason Wyngarde (Instructor)
- Logan (Groundskeeper)
Alpha Squad (Mentored by Xavier)
- Leader: Scott Summers (Class of '96)
- Recruitment: May 11th, 1993 (Age: 15)
- Jean Grey (Class of '97)
- Recruitment: December 29th, 1992 (Age: 14)
- Kevin Sidney (Class of '98)
- Recruitment: July 19th, 1993 (Age: 13)
Exemplar Squad (Mentored by Wyngarde)
- Leader: Wanda Lehnsherr (Class of '96)
- Recruitment: February 17th, 1993 (Age: 15)
- Warren Worthington III (Class of '97)
- Recruitment: April 2nd, 1993 (Age: 14)
- Graduated: Hank McCoy (Class of '94)
- Recruitment: August 27th, 1993 (Age 14)
Acolyte Squad (Mentored by Lehnsherr)
- Leader: Pietro Lehnsherr (Class of '96)
- Recruitment: February 17th, 1993 (Age: 15)
- Martin Toynbee (Class of '98)
- Recruitment: June 17th, 1993 (Age: 13)
- Graduated: Tessa Lisic (Class of '94)
- Recruitment: September 27th, 1993 (Age: 16)
Advocate Squad (Mentored by Darkholme)
- Leader: Anna-Marie Darkholme (Class of '96)
- Recruitment: May 11th, 1993 (Age: 14)
- St. John Allerdyce (Class of '98)
- Recruitment: July 22nd, 1993 (Age: 13)
- Fred Dukes (Class of '98)
- Recruitment: September 4th, 1994 (Age: 14)
Paragon Squad (Mentored by MacTaggert)
- Leader: Alex Summers (Class of '97)
- Recruitment: April 17th, 1993 (Age: 13)
- Lorna Lehnsherr (Class of '98)
- Recruitment: February 17th, 1993 (Age: 13)
- Bobby Drake (Class of '98)
- Recruitment: July 18th, 1993 (Age: 13)
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