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Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies is an academy and safe haven for young witches and a pivotal location in Coven.

Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies is an academy where young witches are automatically enrolled once their powers have been uncovered. It is here that they are taught the history of their kind and how to discover and control their abilities.

History

Miss R Academy plaque

The Academy was built in 1790 as a private school for privileged girls but was turned into a military hospital during the Civil War. In 1868, Marianne Wharton, the reigning Supreme at that time, the most powerful witch of the generation and a prominent socialite back then, reclaimed the building and reinstated it as a school as a cover-up, but in reality turned it into a safe haven for young witches to learn and hone their powers.

Due to many women of the bloodline choosing not to reproduce, the population dwindled from at most 60 in the academy, to the presence of just four girls. In 2014, Supreme witch Cordelia Goode went public about witches, and the number of students at the academy increased to a large number once more.

Known Wards

A list of the known wards who attend (and have attended) the Academy.

Known current wards

Staff

Notes

  • One of the steps leading to the school reads: "From Education as the leading cause – The public character its color draws".
  • The Academy's doorbell is also heard playing as the door chime for the Murder House in Season 1
  • The Academy's filming location is Buckner Mansion, at 1410 Jackson Avenue in New Orleans' Garden District. It was built in 1856 by Henry Sullivan Buckner and designed by architect Lewis E. Reynolds.
  • John Robichaux and his nephew Joe are New Orleans jazz musicians. These two links to Coven's themes (music and location) may indicate the inspiration for the school's name.
  • Sister Mary Eunice was killed after being thrown from the top of a spiral staircase by Timothy Howard, during which the camera panned from a birds-eye view as she fell to her death. In "Welcome to Briarcliff", Sister Jude refers to this staircase as her "Stairway to Heaven"; consequently, Mary Eunice's descent downward may be symbolic of the Demon's fall from grace. Interestingly, several seasons have featured similar spiral staircases, and all have been displayed from a birds-eye view at least once or more in their retrospective seasons. All of these staircases exist in places known for having dark and sordid histories - the Murder House, the Roanoke House, Briarcliff Manor, Mott Manor and Outpost 3 - implying a possible connection to the Demon. This may be further supported via the as-of-yet-explained demonic murals found painted on the walls of the Murder House, which have a striking resemblance to those painted by Constance Langdon - the adoptive grandmother of the Anti-Christ.
    • Interestingly, Miss Robichaux's Academy is the only main location in the series that does not have a spiral staircase, instead featuring an imperial staircase with a large window at its center. Unlike the other locations featured on the show, which are dark and ominous, Miss Robichaux's and all of the furniture within are bright white in coloration, and various forms of light freely stream through its halls. This may be an indication that witches are intended to be "the light in a dark world", metaphorically speaking, and will rise up to defeat the Devil and the Anti-Christ when the time comes.

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