WELCOME TO THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE ON EARTH...
There are very few people in society who are even aware of the existence of the supernatural; the secret has been very carefully guarded. The island is kept hidden by a spell that makes it seem like it doesn't even exist, and those who may spot it by ship or plane are lead to believe that the area is extremely dangerous to travel through. Even those who approach the island regardless are ushered away by seemingly violent weather and waves. To the world, it is the equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle.
Those of age who are discovered to have abilities are brought to the Academy as soon as possible, but sometimes their abilities aren't detected until after some sort of tragedy. Often you'll hear of islanders losing control of their abilities to a destructive degree, being brought to a scientific lab, or whatever else you as a writer can come up with.
The Manta Carlos islands in were discovered in 1769, when a crew of East Asian pirates were run ashore during a storm. These pirates soon began using this island as a base of operations. By the mid 1800s it became a permanent home to some of these pirates, seeking refuge from the law as the law cracked down on piracy.
Starlight Academy was established in 1895 by Headmistress Cordelia Moor, who is still alive today, and is still the Academy’s headmistress. She hoped to turn Manta Carlos into a place where those with supernatural gifts like her could live and grow, giving them an education, a home, and a place to be themselves. Over the next hundred years, Cordelia Moor has seen her dream blossom into a reality.
As the Academy slogan says, "Abyssus Abyssum Invocat", in English "Deep Calls to Deep". It is easy to stray, but we must always be on guard to strive for what is good and honorable and rise to be above the turmoil of those who use their gifts to cause strife.
But the island is more than just the school.
Now in modern times, many of the islanders are also supernatural, seeking a peaceful home away from the harsh realities of humanity.
Creatures, experiments, time travelers, immortals and more take haven in the city and countryside, safe from the outside world. To wander the streets and be free is worth the price of living in the bubble of isolation from the world.