V.I.L.E. Academy is a vocational school for thieves. It serves not just as a school for learning how to become a V.I.L.E. agent, but also as the main headquarters of V.I.L.E.
It was previously located on the Isle of V.I.L.E. in the Canary Islands off the coast of Western Africa.
For most of Carmen Sandiego's life, she lived on the island. While she learned most of her schooling from a series of nannies over the years, Carmen, (then Black Sheep), didn't enroll at V.I.L.E. Academy until her teenage years. For the most part, she hung around the academy, pulling pranks on "the big kids" and often getting away with it too, mostly due to Coach Brunt's protection.
The original Academy was evacuated and destroyed following confirmation that Carmen Sandiego and Shadowsan had allied themselves with the secret police force known as A.C.M.E.
Roundabout later aided in relocating the academy under the radar to an abandoned castle in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
V.I.L.E. operatives all over the world are constantly on the lookout for potential students to send to V.I.L.E. Academy. The ideal candidates are orphans who are young and naturally talented in the thieving arts.
Potential V.I.L.E. recruits are tested with minor heists, such as stealing paintings from low security museums. Once the candidate has proven themselves, the overseeing V.I.L.E. operative informs the Faculty of the candidate, and attempts to convince the young thief to enter the vocational school.
Once the candidate agrees to enroll, they are flown to V.I.L.E. Academy.
Students are forbidden from having contact from the outside world. This includes a strict ban on unauthorized communications devices, such as cell phones. As part of the Isle of V.I.L.E.'s security, electronic jamming devices are used to block out GPS signals, but will also shut down telecommunications if there is a security breach.
Students are not allowed to share their last names with each other, giving their first names only, until they have their V.I.L.E. code names.
V.I.L.E. Academy graduates only forty students per year, known as "The Forty Thieves".
If at any time a student is caught by police or other authorities, they are extricated by The Cleaners before they can be interrogated, sent back to the Academy, and deprogrammed of any knowledge they had of their time at V.I.L.E. before being sent back into the real world.
Player suggested that if a former V.I.L.E. operative's mind is wiped it would be in Carmen's best interest to stay away from them, as V.I.L.E. could have still reprogrammed them to be sleeper agents and carry out tasks due to subliminal messaging.
Shadowsan taught this class before his defection. Here, students learn how to stay hidden from others, as well as stealthily acquire something from someone else's possession, achieved by mastering hand eye coordination and developing a nimble touch, by means of tasks such as the art of origami.
When Dexter Wolfe was the Stealth instructor, his classroom had a different look to it.
Coach Brunt teaches this class. Here, students learn the art of combat, as well as other physical techniques, such as rock climbing, to increase their proficiency as thieves. The important motto of the class is "protect the face".
Dr. Bellum teaches this class. Here, students learn about the various gadgets and weapons used by V.I.L.E. and how to use them effectively. Her classes also tend to deal with the use of technology and science in heists.
Upper Class Evil
Countess Cleo teaches this class. Here, students are instructed on undercover work and how to be both cultured and calm, even under pressure, as well as how to develop an eye for detail and learn how to tell the difference between something valuable and something worthless, no matter how similar the two may look.
Tricks of the Trade
Professor Maelstrom teaches this class. Here, students learn the general aspects of committing a successful crime that aren't covered in the other classes. This includes psychological manipulation, performing the 'Bait and Switch', and successful infiltration strategy.
- Black Sheep/Carmen Sandiego (defected)
- Gray/Crackle (discharged)
- Antonio/El Topo
- Jean Paul/Le Chevre
- Mime Bomb
- Paper Star
- Lady Dokuso
- The Mechanic
- The Driver
- Neal the Eel (Quit)
- Otter Man
- Moose Boy
- Spin Kick
- Fly Trap
- The Troll
- Shadowsan (defected)
- Over 800 others.
- V.I.L.E. seems to remodel classrooms when the Faculty changes; given Stealth 101 changed from an opera theater design to one of Japanese influence when Shadow-san replaced Wolfe.
- The numbers of graduates allowed seems to come from the story "Ali Babba and the Forty Thieves"; another nod to criminal activity.
- Extra credit is awarded to students if they manage to steal from the staff without being caught.
- V.I.L.E. likely searches though security footage around the world for potential recruits. Plus, they may try recruiting independent thieves to boost their ranks with self-taught professionals.