Education in North and Central America
In both the United States and Canada, many witches and wizards choose to send their children to ordinary primary school so that they can begin growing used to ordinary people early on in life. Though some magical primary schools exist, they are often only attended by children from affluent families or those who have a staunch aversion to ordinary society.
Middle School & High School
From age 11 onward, or sixth grade in the United States, most magical schools offer boarding for some students while others may choose to attend school just for the day. Many magical families will move closer to the school of their choice to make it easier for students to travel back and forth, since apparation and other transportation is far more accessible for adult wizards making it easy for them to travel to and from work.
In the United States, students may begin carrying a wand at school at the age of 11, or they may use a wand appointed by their school. In either case, the wand must be registered with the school and that registration must be renewed upon graduation to meet the national wand registration requirements.
Most students will remain in school through age 18, though depending on their age of enrollment they may be 17 or 19 at the time they graduate. In the United States, it is mandatory for all students to participate in Ordinary Studies classes so that they are fully prepared for life as an adult, regardless of whether or not they had an ordinary or integrated upbringing. In Canada, all students must continue attending French language courses throughout their schooling, even those outside of Québec, as French-based spells and potions are in wide use through the country and a misunderstanding of the language could prove deadly.
In addition to Ordinary Studies, common courses throughout the United States and Canada that are not typically found in British and European schools may include mathematics, ordinary history, physical education, foreign languages, and college preparation, among others.
Graduation & Continuing Education
All North American students must take the Wizarding Academic Realization Test (WART)
in their junior year, or in their second to last year of schooling for those attending schools outside of the United States. This exam tests a student’s knowledge in the core subjects of Charms, Transfiguration, Potions, Herbology, and Defense Against the Dark Arts and must be passed in order to graduate from school and maintain a registered wand (in the United States.) Students who do not pass are permitted to re-take the exam in their final year.
In the United States, ordinary colleges and universities remain a very popular choice for those students who can afford to attend them. There are some schools with a larger population of magical students, though one can find magical students at colleges throughout the country. A few magical universities exist for those students wishing to continue their study of magic, but they are primarily for highly specialized fields and offer fewer majors than their ordinary counterparts, more closely representing some European universities in structure. Also in the United States, some students choose to enlist in the Magical Infantry after graduation.
Students wishing to apply for an ordinary college must take the SAT exam if it is required by their school of choice, and many students in the United States also must take the Ordinary Realm Certification Assessment (ORCA)
to test their ability to live and work with, as well as understand, non-magical persons before enrolling in an ordinary school.