Rocky Mountain International School for Magical Enlightenment is an open-enrollment IWCE school located underneath a popular strip mall in Boulder, Colorado. At any given time there are approximately one hundred students enrolled at RMI from ages 11 to 18, each one having been placed into one of four Houses: Aquila, Cetus, Draco, and Lyra, each named for constellations. Students typically arrive via Portkey at the beginning of the year and depart via Portkey at the end. Apparition is magically prevented at RMI but anticipated visitors may be cleared to access the school via secure Floo. Unanticipated visitors may enter RMI by utilizing the Pearl Street Mall elevator entrance, which will leave them in a small reception room with no other apparent entrances or exits. This room is attended to by the portrait of Gilward the Great, who will inform any staff of their unanticipated visitor. Students are not permitted to accept visitors without special clearance of the Headmaster.
The school uniforms are grey robes with a dreamcatcher on the chest. The dreamcatcher is the color of that student's house. For the first years, the dreamcatcher on their robes change to the proper color as soon as the dreamcatcher used to sort them does.
RMI was founded in 1724 by a Franciscan friar and a Hopi woman from Awatovi who escaped the sacking of Awatovi following the Pueblo Revolt. For many years RMI was a small, semi-religious school. Most students were Hopi or Mexican, with the occasional Spaniard or Italian thrown into the mix.
In the 1830s, following the implementation of the Indian Removal Act, the Native American population of the school expanded rapidly, seeing new students from other Native American nations. The Franciscan influence on the school had diminished significantly at this point, resulting in a strong Mexican, Mexican-American, and Native American contingent. Throughout the 19th century, RMI served as a magical academy for students from ages 6 - 18, providing a safe haven for young witches and wizards from the devastating attacks carried out by the U.S. government. During this time, RMI also accepted Squibs for study of magical theory.
Over time, RMI became well-respected on an international level. Consistent with the tradition of those who founded it, the school's reverence and respect for all life and cultures, along with an overall desire and initiative towards intra- and international magical cooperation, made it the ideal school for those fleeing national violence. This international recognition was solidified in the later months of 1950 when the Wizarding United Nations formed the International Wizarding Council on Education as an offshoot of the Muggle UNESCO. Around the same time, the Native American presence within RMI dropped significantly, largely due to the establishment of smaller schools by individual or grouped Native nations.
Students in their first through third year are required to take all core courses. At the end of their third year they will take their determinative exams, and may, going into their fourth year, choose from RMI's electives. Students must continue on with a minimum of four courses - three core courses and one elective course - and pass them with a minimum of an A mark in order to graduate from RMI. Internships are available to both students who anticipate pursuing higher education and those headed for a more vocational track.
Those students who receive a minimum of straight Exceeds Expectations on their exams will graduate with Honors, while those who receive straight Outstanding marks will graduate with High Honors and although rare, students who fail their examinations may appeal to the Governing Board of RMI and repeat the failed examinations at the beginning of August.
- Cultural Studies
- Defense Against the Dark Arts
- History of Magic
- Healing Arts - now a practical internship, open to students in years 5-7.
RMI offers a variety of extracurriculars that all students are welcome to participate in. Each extracurricular is overseen by a member of the staff, but students are the driving force behind these groups and often take on leadership positions. Students may also create their own clubs so long as they have a minimum of three members and a staff member willing to serve as adviser. An example of a student-created organization is Aerin Griffith's House Elf Initiative (HEI), now defunct.
RMI's current extracurriculars include:
RMI's past extracurriculars include:
Present RMI Faculty & Staff:
- Aaron McKindy - current Spellwork professor; Head of Cetus House
- Arianna Wilson - current Arithmancy and Ancient Runes professor
- Arthur Bennett - current Magizoobotany professor; Head of Draco House
- Bellamy Fell - current Deputy Headmaster
- Cindra Embers - current Defense Against the Dark Arts professor and Dueling Club supervisor
- Cleo Rocamboli - current Medic and Healing Arts internship supervisor
- Estelle Blair - current Cultural Studies professor
- Eunice Liang - RMI graduate (Draco House); current Groundskeeper
- Eva Ramirez - current Astronomy professor
- Garen Tennant - current Counselor and Drama Director; Head of Lyra House
- Gerald Reid - current Quidditch Coach
- Jeremy Ofosu - recurring IWCE substitute professor assigned to support RMI
- Kazimieras Luksa - current Divinations professor
- Lorraine Taylor - current Magical Sciences professor
- Robert Hier - RMI graduate (Aquila House); current Potions professor and Healing Arts internship supervisor; Head of Aquila House
- Samuel Boot - current History of Magic professor
- Tobias Morgan - current Headmaster; founded Magical Sciences as a class
Past RMI Faculty & Staff:
- Alessandro Guido - RMI graduate (Draco House); former Headmaster; former Head of Draco House
- Elizabeth Mason - former Muggle Studies (now Cultural Studies) professor; installed computers in the technology lab
- Emilian de Villiers - founded the Dueling Club; former Herbology and Defense Against the Dark Arts professor
- Gaston Munro - former Headmaster; former Quidditch Coach
- Ivy Rasnick - former Defense Against the Dark Arts professor
- Joseph Wagoner - former Groundskeeper; "secret" celebrity (lead singer of the wizarding band Potions X)
- James Abbadi - former Headmaster
- Reynaldo Bonilla - former Headmaster
- Sonia Nanda - former Deputy Headmistress
Notable RMI Students, past and present:
- Aerin Griffiths - founded the HEI; RMI graduate (Cetus House)
- Darian Reed - founded the Drama Club; RMI graduate
- Katrina Embers - founded the Drama Club; RMI graduate (Cetus House)
- Simon Gallup - founded the Bible Study; RMI graduate (Lyra House)
Other affiliates of RMI:
- Alec Edwards - former member of the RMI Governing Board; headed the hiring of Inspectors at RMI
- Shifty Eyes - RMI's resident poltergeist
- Stephanie Deigan - descendent of one of RMI's founders; RMI graduate (Draco House); current member of the RMI Governing Board
- Stefano Guido - former member of the RMI Governing Board
- The RMI House-elves