Wallowa Mountain Academy
Wallowa Mountain Academy is an affiliate school of the IWCE. It is located in an unplottable location in Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, near the Washington-Oregon border, right outside a Sasquatch preserve. About a third of the faculty of WMA at any given time is visiting. WMA’s student body is about 20% Native American, 70% non-Native American, and 10% transfer students from Costa Rica. Students are placed in one of three cohorts, all of which are named after local trees: Buckthorn, Sycamore, and Larch.
WMA was established in 1850, a few years after the first wave of American settlers arrived in Oregon on the Oregon Trail. The school’s founder, Charles August Croggon, befriended the local Nez Percé wizards and invited them to help build the school, but school records show only about two decades of shared enrollment and teaching between the two peoples. When Croggon retired in 1872 to become the magical caretaker of the newly established Yellowstone National Park, his successor, Peter Gundholfsson, kicked out the Nez Percé, angry at their refusal to accept the U.S. Government’s theft of their land. Any attempts to repair relations between the two communities became impossible after 1877, when the Nez Percé retreated from their home in the face of the U.S. Army. The next Native American student (who happened to be Nez Percé) would not be enrolled until 1967, when WMA’s Board of Governors began efforts to recruit students from nearby reservations. WMA’s mascot is a mountain goat.
WMA, due to its long association with the National Parks, has strong Magizoology and Magical Sciences programs. Students are encouraged to be methodical in their magic, and their work frequently resembles science as much as it does magic.
WMA’s curriculum includes Wilderness Survival, Muggle and magical, as a mandatory general studies class for all students in all years. As part of this class, students are expected to master wandless Summoning and Repair spells, in case something happens to their wand out in the field. Students pursuing studies in Magizoology begin in Care of Magical Creatures, which takes place on school grounds in the school’s zoo. More advanced Magizoology classes take place in the field, under the supervision of both instructors and park rangers. Due to its location outside the reserve, as well as its relative proximity to the magical hotspots of Mt. St. Helens, Crater Lake, and Yellowstone, WMA has a very high number of visiting research wizards, who, as part of their room and board, act as guest instructors at the school. WMA has recently become sister schools with La Escuela de Magia Costarricense in San José, Costa Rica. WMA offers Spanish language instruction and is working on developing curriculum for indigenous language instruction.
- Mountaineering Club
- Science Club