Signal Academy is a primary combat school located on the island of Patch, in the Kingdom of Vale.


It is one of the primary schools of Vale, alongside Pharos. Students that graduate presumably attend Beacon Academy.

Ruby Rose is a former student of Signal Academy, where she forged and learned to wield Crescent Rose. However, she was moved up two years due to an invitation to join Beacon from the Headmaster, Professor Ozpin.

Ruby and Yang Xiao Long's father, Taiyang Xiao Long, is a teacher, and their uncle, Qrow Branwen, was a teacher at Signal Academy. At Signal, all students are required to craft their own weapons.


Map of Vale

In "Ruby Rose", when asked where she learned to fight the way she does, Ruby answers that she learned at Signal, surprising Ozpin with the skill she displayed with such a dangerous weapon. She then admits that her uncle, Qrow, a teacher at Signal, had actually taught her how to fight using her scythe. Later, when flying to Beacon Academy, Ruby says that she can see Signal from the Vale Airship.

The night before the Beacon Academy Initiation, Ruby writes a letter to her friends back at Signal to tell them what Beacon is like. Yang Xiao Long teases her a bit, but Ruby objects by noting she did not get to bring her friends when she left Signal and how it was odd to not have anyone else with her that she knows at Beacon.

In "Players and Pieces", near the end of the episode, Roman Torchwick overlooks a map of Vale. Off the west coast, Patch, the island on which Signal is located, has been marked.

Staff Members

Former Students


  • As seen with Beacon, Signal and Pharos, combat schools in Vale seem to be named after buildings or devices made to navigate, communicate or attract attention.
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