Though Kanye West’s late mom Donda was a professor, we weren’t essentially betting on the rapper to go down the schooling path himself. However alas, the mogul has emerged with Donda Academy, his new Christan prep faculty in Simi Valley, California — though, maybe unsurprisingly, the jury’s nonetheless out on its legitimacy.
“Utilizing an ethic of integrity and care, Donda Academy prepares college students to change into the following technology of leaders, thinkers and innovators by offering them with a world-class schooling that features a rigorous core curriculum, and an emphasis on sustainability, creativity, essential pondering and downside fixing,” the varsity’s web site says.
As for that core curriculum, Donda Academy goals to “promote ideation, prototyping, and real-world implementation,” whereas religion can even be inspired by day by day group prayer and, in fact, Sunday Service. The web site additionally gives basketball and “enrichment lessons” like music, visible artwork, and… parkour. Donda Academy serves pre-kindergarden by twelfth grade, with a whopping 10:1 student-teacher ratio.
Nonetheless, retailers like Rolling Stone and even native information publications just like the Simi Valley Acorn have had a tough time getting in contact with any staff of Donda Academy. RS experiences that the purported head of the varsity, Brianne Campbell, has by no means held a proper educating place.
Much more eyebrow-raising are the 2 sources who instructed RS that households of Donda Academy college students are required to signal nondisclosure agreements. A marketing consultant to the varsity claims solely mother and father signal what they describe as an “casual settlement.”
Ye’s shut collaborator Malik Yusef can vouch, although: “I wish to be emphatic that there’s by no means been a time that Kanye West didn’t wish to do that,” he instructed RS. “I feel folks don’t perceive the gravity of that. This man at all times wished to create a college in his mama’s title.… Take a look at what we’re doing with the choir and the style in class — I don’t suppose there’s a enterprise capitalist or anyone that’s had a imaginative and prescient this clear on what schooling can seem like for you.”
Ye reportedly plans to open extra Donda Academy establishments nationwide. Its flagship campus is at the moment accepting functions for the 2023-2024, in the event you’d prefer to get in on what seems to be a rocky trial run.
On the plus facet, nonetheless, Ye might need extra time to deal with his schooling ventures now that he’s shuttered his Yeezy collaboration with Hole.