Founded in the 1700s as a boarding school for children of early American colonial gentry. Since then, it has provided the elite an oportunity to educate their offspring in an environment of global culture. The matriculating student was spared no expense in his or her enrollment at The Academy -- a fact which made the school an attractive to which the social, political, and economic upper echelon might dispatch privileged sons and daughters.
It first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #151 (November 1981) and it was created jointly by Bob McLeod and Chris Claremont.
This school, for students in grades seven through twelve, is located in the Berkshire Mountains of Snow Valley, Massachusetts. It appeared to be an Ivy League Preparatory School for incredibly wealthy families. As the years have passed, there have been changes in the institution's infastructure which has altered its academic climate. The most significant alteration made by an exclusive social club with a stately a foundation as The Academy itself -- the infamous Hellfire Club. The Club's adquisition of this institution was a landmark event in education.
Emma Frost attended this school as an adolescent and was ridiculed by the popular girls at the school. After gaining her telepathy, she improved her grades and graduated with high marks enabling her to enroll in Empire State University.
Upon her appointment as chairperson to the school's board of trustees, the Club's reigning "White Queen", Emma Frost became its headmistress and began recruiting adolescents with specific qualities. Though externally it still appeared to be an elite prep school, internally it was a school for mutants.
Despite The Academy's long-standing tradition of catering only to the rich and famous, Frost's trainees were gifted neither finantially, pollitically nor socially. They were gifted genetically.
Christened "The Hellions", these teenagers were her alternative to a new group of mutants being trained at that time by Professor Charles Xavier. Once fully trained in the use of their abilities, they would serve The Hellfire Club. Due to conflicts of moral interest, inevitable clashes ocurred between The Hellions and Xavier's pupils -- with little or no consequence.
Eventually Xavier's former students, The X-Men, joined with The Hellions to protect the White Queen from a time-travelling attacker known as Trevor Fitzroy, but not before Fitzroy's brutal assault plunged Frost in a deep coma brought about the untimely demise of each and every one of The Hellions.
It was the base of Emma Frost's first Hellions, until they were killed. It is to their memory -and that of all other mutants who have died senselessly- that this school dedicates its efforts to make the future a brighter place for humanity and mutantkind alike.
Seeking to insure the welfare of her students and the future of the school, Emma Frost foresightedly willed the care of The Academy to Professor Charles Xavier. It was during her psychic incapacitation that The Massachusetts Academy was legally addened to the rapidly-expanding Xavier Institute. The hope that the lessons which she had begun to impart on the impressionable minds of young mutant charges -lessons that would influence of the lives of mutants in the generations to come- has been coupled with a passion to see relations between humans and mutants mature into mutual respect and peaceful coexistence.
The Massachusetts Academy then became the headquarters for Generation X, at the time renamed to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. It was later returned to its historic name of the Massachusetts Academy. Banshee served as co-headmaster with Emma Frost.
Massachusetts Academy, as a division of The Xavier Institute, is equipped with cunning-edge technology of terrestrial and extra-terrestial design.
Thanks to Forge, X-Factor's leader and inventor par excellence, and to generous donations by Princess Lilandra Neramani of the Shi'ar Empire, all facilities provide students with the technological means to broaden their horizons and develop skills which will give them an advantage as they speed forward the next century!
An integral part of the student's growth and their development, The Biosphere serves the dual purpose of interactive classroom and natural battlefield, where students may hone their skills as indivuals and as a team. In lieu of a combat simulator prone to systems failure and other technological tragedies which might impede the learning process, The Biosphere ia an ideal, living machine, independent of the minutae of circuitry maintenance.
In addition, a fully-functional Danger Room -incorporating all elements of Shi'ar technology , will be available to students. Since The Danger room demands the utmost respect and prudence, all students are expressly forbidden from engaging in training sequences without faculty permission. Any pupil who violates this rule will be subject to penalties that may result in suspension and eventual expulsion from The Academy.