Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs Is Now Founder Of A Charter School
|Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs Is Now Founder Of A Charter School|
The Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School will be a free, public school for grades 6-12 that will provide “year-round, college prep education.”
The school is scheduled open this fall, and is already accepting applications. Combs has recruited Steve Perry (no, not the Journeyman) to oversee the school; Dr. Perry, who’s contributed to CNN’s Black In America series, also founded the Capital Preparatory Magnet School, which has reportedly sent 100% of its graduates to four-year colleges and serves as the model for Combs’ school.
Combs announced Monday that the Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School will open in the fall.
The school will be overseen by Capital Prep leader Steve Perry, who founded Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2005.
Combs and the board have hired Orlando, Florida-based educator Danita Jones as the principal of Capital Prep Harlem.
|The School's Gym|
Capital Prep will be free and admission is done by lottery.
The deadline to apply to the school is April 1st, they'll start with 6th and 7th graders, 160 students, and the plan is to expand to grade 12.
Combs says creating the school is "a dream come true."
Combs was born in Harlem and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He attended Howard University, where he dropped out after two years but earned an honorary degree in 2014.
Combs spent five years meeting privately with community leaders and education experts in an effort to expand educational opportunities in the community.