Salem Witches' Institute's internationally acclaimed curriculum has been lauded by progressives since the 1800s for its friendliness towards those who did not start their education with their best foot forward. It is a stance that has earned them criticism in the past from the Confederate Party in the Republic of Magic, who in 1939 stated that the institute was the place for, "Muggle-lovers, Mudbloods and lackluster magicians," and that no self-respecting Pureblood would enroll in such an establishment. Several reforms have been made to the curriculum by the parties, resulting in the system we have now wherein students have the freedom, once they reach third year, to specialise in whatever branches of magic interest them.
Salem offers a variety of subjects with the third highest diversity of options in the magical world, beating out the famous Hogwarts and other similar institutions for the ranking. Not all of its subjects are available to first years, and often some are gated behind prerequisite classes, such as Healing requiring a highest level award in Charms in Year Five.
Furthermore, although they are usually separated into Core and Elective classes, this is not entirely the case. Some students opt to replace core classes in later years with more advanced versions––swapping Potions out for Alchemy, for example, is not unheard of for Year Six and Seven students.
Talented students are offered options to expand their curriculum beyond what is offered, but this is usually done on a case-by-case basis and involves interviews with the teachers in question and the Headmistress.
Core Classes Edit
This subject differs at Salem Witches' Institute from teaching elsewhere, especially in Europe. Often it is taught as History of Magic, but the current History teacher has pushed for the course to emphasise links between the Magical and Muggle worlds and promote the analysis of how the two societies interact: why wars break out when they do, why rebellions and sparked and why civil rights movements are staggered.