The Knight Academy is a location from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Located in Skyloft, it is a boarding school dedicated to transforming its students into Knights of Skyloft. Gaepora is the Knight Academy's headmaster and, at the start of the game, Link is enrolled at the school. Instructor Horwell is the chief flight instructor at the school. Another instructor is Owlan. The Academy celebrates its 25th anniversary during the events of the game in a clear allusion to the 25th anniversary of the Zelda series.
Link attends the school along with fellow classmen Groose, Cawlin, Strich, Fledge, Zelda, and seniors Karane and Pipit. Once a student excels in the area of flight upon his Loftwing at a Wing Ceremony, he moves up to the status of Knight and rises into the senior class. A new tunic accompanies the initiation.
The Academy is divided into two floors, both of which contain residential areas. The Academy's sole classroom is found on the first floor, and this is also where the kitchen and restroom are located. The top floor contains the Headmaster's office and the bathroom. All the male students rooms are located on the bottom floor, while the female students and academy staff have rooms on the upper floors (possibly to discourage any violations of the female students' privacy by male students).
Certain rooms, such as Karane and Zelda's rooms or Link and Fledge's, are in fact connected, but separated by a wooden wall, making it clearly audible what goes on in the next room. This also extends to rooms that have more solid walls.
The entrance to a ventilation shaft is found on the roof of the Academy, and may be entered through use of the Clawshots. This shaft passes through the bathroom, and continues on into Zelda's room. Doors leading to exterior Skyloft can be found on both floors; however, at night, the first floor door is locked for reasons unexplained. The doors to the Headmaster's office and bathroom are also locked at night, as Gaepora takes extended baths during this period.
The school's cafeteria is run by Henya, who has worked at the academy for all of its 25 years. On the first floor near the cafeteria, there is a single restroom which is haunted by a ghost named Phoeni.
During the day, the headmaster's pet Remlit, Mia, stays in Howell's room, since he cares for her as a favor to Gaepora. However at night, she is placed outside due to all Remlits turning feral at night. Howell mentions that Mia once managed to sneak into the academy at night, which lead to disastrous results, thus it is why Howell makes sure to place her outside at night to avoid this.
The Knight Academy appears as a keep in the Skyloft stage. In Land of the Sky, it acts as the Allied Base and is targeted for capture by Ghirahim, forcing Link to defeat him in order to prevent the keep from falling. Interestingly, the Knight Academy keep appears as an open courtyard.
The Knight Academy once again appears as a keep and serves the same function in the main story as it did in the in Hyrule Warriors. However its design has been completely changed and now appears as a building rather than an open courtyard like it did in Hyrule Warriors. The reason for this change is unknown.
The Knight Academy appears as part of the Skyloft stage.