Frequently Asked Questions about GSW
What is the Grey School of Wizardry?
The Grey School of Wizardry is an on-line Mystery School for apprentice Wizards of all ages and walks of life. As a non-denominational educational environment based on Magick and Natural Awareness--what is called 'Out-of the Box' thinking--the school instructs its students in the sacred arts of magick and secret ways and knowledge. Many of the topics and knowledge taught here have been forgotten or overlooked by modern educational institutions. The Grey School is not a religious institution, and its members come from all backgrounds, including religious. The School teaches knowledge and not religion, which is a distinction of Wizards in contrast to the Pagan and Wiccan traditions which promote a religious philosophy.
Why is it called the "Grey School of Wizardry"?
Wizard means "Wise One," and this is why the Grey School is a school of Wizardry. In magickal tradition, grey is the color of Lore--as it is the color in which all colors are blended together, neither black nor white, nor anything else, but all of them. When he first conceived of the Grey School, renowned Wizard Oberon Zell-Ravenheart first gathered together the Grey Council--a council of sages and mages, elders and wise ones of many magickal traditions. With Oberon's visionary guidance, they created the Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and the Grey School. The Grey Council still serves as an advisory council for the school.
Why was the Grey School established?
To teach topics that are not taught elsewhere--especially for young boys who may have felt left out from the female-oriented "Teen Wiccan" movement. It was also established as a way to begin to bring back excitement and wonder to the educational process, to make learning a special and exclusive activity, so that kids would once again view learning as a privilege, and not a common drudgery. And the Grey Council deemed it necessary to have a school to teach the "Classics" and ancient wisdom that was not affiliated with any particular tradition or religion, and no extant school of magickal teachings met that criterion.↑ Back to top. ↑
What are the Grey School's general goals?
To teach the perennial "Wisdom of the Ages" to a new generation, in a new millennium. To provide the best magickal education possible in a safe and fun environment. To make learning special again, and turn out Wizards who will go on to make the world a better place. To have Wizardry respected as it once was. To get people aware that Magick is real and not something that is based on any theological beliefs but the way one lives on the Earth. And one of our eventual goals is to have a brick and mortar campus!
When was the Grey School founded?
It was conceived and developed through 2003-2004, and opened its virtual doors to the first wave of enrolling students on August 1, 2004. It became fully incorporated as a non-profit educational institution in the state of California on March 14, 2005.
Where is the Grey School located?
In cyberspace, in the World Wide Web of the Internet. The physical offices are in Santa Cruz, California, where the school receives all mail. The mailing address is: PO Box 7375, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 USA.↑ Back to top. ↑
What does it take to become a teacher or staff member at the Grey School?
Enthusiasm, dedication, willingness, passion and talent. Faculty applications are available upon request from the Dean of Faculty at (firstname.lastname@example.org), or candidates may be approached by School staff. Some are well-known authors, and others have come from the ranks of students. Applications are followed by interviews, and reviewed by the Academic Deans of the Administration. Final approval comes from the Headmaster. If the applicant is found to meet the school's high standards and criteria, they will be accepted into the faculty.
How much does it cost to attend the Grey School?
Current pricing can be found on the new student enrollment page = here.
Who can attend the Grey School?
Anyone anywhere in the world who has access to the Internet, is able to communicate adequately in written English, and is at least 11 years old. Youths under the age of 14 are required to have signed parental permission. The Grey School is entirely non-discriminatory, and welcomes students of all nationalities, races, religions, genders, etc.↑ Back to top. ↑
Isn't it just for kids?
No, the Grey School is for anybody of any age who wants to learn all aspects of magickal and mystical teachings. Initially it was intended for kids, but the interest from adults was so overwhelming that the GSW staff decided to allow adults into the school as well.
Why would an adult find it meaningful to attend?
Because most of what we are teaching has never been available in an academic framework before, so even adults have had no prior access to this material. Knowledge is knowledge and adults can learn new things too, and can have a sense of fun, wonder and magick too. How does it feel when one finds a family of friends waiting with open arms? Having a place to ask those questions others might think you're crazy to ask is something everyone hopes to find and to be able to learn and grow as a whole with a group and the whole school is a feeling one can only enjoy by partaking in it.
Can parents and their kids attend together?
Yes, and then again, No. Most everything is open to both adults and youths, but the Houses are only for youths between the ages of 11-17 and adults are not permitted there. And adults have the same situation, as they are placed into Lodges for Adults 18 and older. There also separate Forums for adults and youths, and the adults have access to the campus tavern--The Wizard's Keep. But classes are the same for all ages, and can be taken together as chosen. This is very common, and we have many families who are an active part of the school.↑ Back to top. ↑
How many students currently attend the Grey School?
What is the ratio of young adult and adult attendees?
How many faculty members teach at the Grey School?
Staff currently numbers about 40. This includes Teachers, Deans, Lectors, House/Lodge Heads, and other personnel.↑ Back to top. ↑
What is the teacher:student ratio at the Grey School?
About 1:16. Classes vary greatly in size, from Level 1 required classes which may have over 100 students at any one time, to upper-level classes with only a few students in them. Most classes average between 10-20 students.
How is the Grey School similar to, and different from, fictional schools of magic such as Hogwarts and Unseen University?
It's real rather than fictional, and so are the subjects taught. Grey School is similar to Hogwarts in that it teaches young people, teaches magick, is a real school, has four youth Houses, four adult Lodges, and a Headmaster who is definitely an accomplished and respected Wizard. Grey School is unlike Hogwarts in that it currently only exists in cyberspace while Hogwarts has a brick and mortar campus, and Grey School teaches all ages while Hogwarts only teaches youths.
As with Hogwarts, school spirit in the Grey School is strong, with the Houses and Lodges having an intimate "family" atmosphere. Merits are earned, and Houses and Lodges compete for, respectively, the House Hat and the Lodge Cup, which are awarded at Spring and fall Equinoxes. There are special All-School Challenges involving focus projects, such as the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count and Earth Day Challenge. House and Lodge Heads are faculty members, and each House and Lodge also has a student Prefect, appointed semiannually.
Plus there is an available list of merits for all students which cover Personal, Creative, Educational, Wizardly, and Community Growth plus Grey School Participation. All of these types of achievements are also things students can do as part of their everyday life; with family vacations, hands on crafting, mundane school awards, advancements or recognitions, even some other educational activities such as martial arts leveling up and CPR or First Aid Classes are merit-worthy. Wizardly growth is the main objective just as it is at Hogwarts.↑ Back to top. ↑
What does "Wizardry" mean?
Wizard means "Wise One," so Wizardry is the possession and application of such knowledge.
Is Wizardry real?
Of course! The magick is real as is the possession of knowledge that most others do not possess. Just look at the magickal power of faith, belief, and love!
How does Wizardry work?
Magick comes from everything and through everything. It works when one wakes up and takes notice of things that most do not. It works because it is based on reality, seen and unseen, science and technology that is commonly accepted and that is not recognized by the mainstream. It works because it is knowledge and knowledge is real and valuable, and can be used for good purposes as well as bad purposes. The essence of Wizardry is wisdom, which grows from knowledge. And knowledge is power. Wizardry is not to be taken lightly, as it can be dangerous in the hands of the uninitiated or evil.↑ Back to top. ↑
Is it safe to teach Wizardry to young (ages 11-17) people?
Yes, it is safe if it is taught by those who are concerned with the safety of these youth. It is safer than letting them teach themselves without adult supervision or guidance. Young and old alike can get into great trouble if they isolate themselves from those older or wiser than themselves, or even just their peers. Young Wizards must learn that with great power comes great responsibility!
As one student mother says: "I only wish I would have had this available when my son was growing up! There are too many young folks out there who are bored with just what they learn in our regular schools and this has such a diverse yet in so many ways similar ability to help a bored student to be able to look outside the box in general. Plus Grey School of Wizardry is an environment very steeped in a respect for Mother Earth and how we tread on her. I personally think there are a lot of very admirable qualities one learns while joining in to the community of the School as well as through the classes."
What are some benefits and risks of practicing Wizardry?
The benefits are many, including instilling an ethical attitude (Grey School stresses ethics), an attitude of being helpful to others and society, knowledge that allows one to be helpful, e.g. knowledge of health care and first aid. Another major benefit is that practicing Wizardry allows one to grow emotionally and spiritually as a person. There are classes and thought practices that open one's mind to new possibilities and a competent staff makes it very safe for one to explore. Some risks include magickal mistakes that can result in some negative circumstances, getting too greedy with magick, e.g. using it to gain power over others, which can lead one down the path to sorcery. A Sorcerer is a Wizard who desires above all else to rule over others, while a true Wizard wishes only to be of service to self and others.
What precautions do you take to ensure a safe campus environment for students?
Constant monitoring of the forums by more than one staff member, separation of the youth and adults among the houses and lodges, policies of no tolerance for any kind of activity that would put a student in danger, and courses taught (one of which is mandatory) about how stay safe both on the Internet and in the real world. Prefects must take special classes in Leadership and Responsibility. And "Defense Against the Dark Arts" is one of our most popular courses!↑ Back to top. ↑
What extracurricular activities are available to students?
Clubs, Committees, Forums, Challenges, Competitions, Conclaves, Meetups, All-School Challenges, House/Lodge Challenges, multiple different forum sections to join in on and share your interests, and last but not least our School Paper, Whispering Grey Matters.
Our Clubs consist of Defense Against the Dark Arts Club, Healer's Tea Room, Society for the Study and Care of Beasts, The Tower of Babel Language Club, Diggers In Real Time (D.I.R.T.), and the Lore Club. Our All-School Challenges are usually monthly from the Departments and then there are the Big Boys based on some Nature Based Action; Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count and internationally-known Earth Day! The House/Lodge Challenges are more random in range and usually there are a few a month.
What do the Department colors signify?
The 16 Department colors signify different areas of Wizardry and different areas of magick, e.g. grey for Lore, black for Dark Arts, green for Herbalism, blue for Healing, red for Alchemy, etc. These colors have been designated by magickal practitioners through the ages. The Grey School offers majors and Minors in each of these Departmental studies.
What subjects are taught at the Grey School?
So many! There are currently over 200 classes available! They cover: Healing Arts, Divination, Lore, Magickal Practice, Cosmology, Mathemagicks, Beast Mastery, Performance Magick, Herbology, Dragonlore, Ceremonial Magick, Alchemy, etc.↑ Back to top. ↑
What are some of the most popular classes at the Grey School?
Some of the most popular classes are Healing Arts, Children of the Night, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. Natural Mysteries, Intro to the Healing Arts, and the Wizards in History series are also very active, as are the many Gateway classes.
Does studying at the Grey School add to or detract from a student's mainstream education?
All learning begets more learning and makes more learning easier more fun and more inevitable so yes, studying at GSW adds to a student's mainstream education. Many Grey School students are also attending college. Many merit-worthy activities can include things done in mainstream school.
What does the Grey School expect of its students?
To be ethical, to try hard, to be polite, and to finish courses at a reasonable pace. Grey School expects that students will take this seriously and aim to complete a level per year, which breaks down to about one 2-credit class a month. Of course, basic respect for others and keeping one's word are important!↑ Back to top. ↑
How could graduating from the Grey School help prepare a student for a career, for family life, and for other endeavors?
The knowledge gained from graduating from the Grey School will be invaluable to a career, family life and other endeavors because knowledge always helps in these things, and the dedication it takes and is learned by finishing the Grey School coursework makes the graduate a better all around person and will most often add to the graduates confidence and self esteem. If one were to utilize the School to its fullest and participate as they can, they would be a well-rounded, respectful and aware person overall with a specialty. One can only grow with the wealth of knowledge contained in such an environment.
What are some future plans for the Grey School?
Immediately, completing the Majors and Minors in each Department, adding new classes and creating new awards for students to achieve. We are also planning a major upgrade to the actual school site to improve bandwidth and security. Other plans include partnering with WitchSchool, including cooperative agreements for sharing curriculum and inter-mural activities and tournaments, finding or building a brick and mortar campus to add a physical presence to the Grey School, and getting the word out about the school, perhaps even an interview with Headmaster Oberon and JK Rowling on the Oprah show!↑ Back to top. ↑
How can people get involved in the Grey School?
Go to the website and enroll! www.GreySchool.com