The Hermetic Wild West
Ab Initio is a smallish covenant in Pennsylvania founded by Bjornaer and Merinita magi as a boarding school for Gifted youngsters. Unlike some of the more urbane, urban school-covenants, ab initio believes in a full, well-rounded, practical education. The world is a dangerous place, and the artes liberales will not save your life from a demon attack.
Graduate-magi of ab initio are generally considered decent survivalists and magical and mundane combatants with a higher-than-usual number becoming infernal hunters and hoplites.