The Academy is a school that Golds may choose to attend after they graduate the Institute, where the stakes are higher. Students are put in charge of star ships, and are responsible for all life aboard them. Furthermore, winning increases the likelihood of becoming an Imperator, while many students become Peerless Scarred during their time at the Academy.

The Institute is like child's play compared to the Academy. Virginia compares going to one as the first step in becoming a veritable killing machine.

Students can be of disparate ages as seen in the examples of Victra and Karnus, both several years older than Darrow or Roque.

Known attendees are: