Sean “Diddy” Combs’ charter school will move to a larger campus in New York City.
The music mogul announced Thursday that the capital’s preparatory school will move to the All Saints’ Day Church and the school building in the Harlem neighborhood. The move will allow the school’s capacity to increase from 500 to 700 students in grades 6 through 12 starting in the 2022-2023 school year.
The new school campus will include 40 classrooms and offices, a sports hall, science laboratories, a cafeteria, an outdoor common courtyard and an area called the âGreat Hallâ for all school assemblies and performances.
âThe children of Harlem should have access to quality education and opportunities and deserve to learn on a campus that reflects the level of excellence we aspire to achieve,â Combs said in a statement. “This new campus for Capital Prep Harlem reflects my commitment to empower as many children as possible and to create spaces for the next generation of leaders to thrive in all aspects of their lives.”
Combs started the Harlem Charter School in 2016. He is a longtime education advocate and has donated $ 1 million to the Capital Preparatory Schools Network for a new location in the Bronx, which opened last year. He is originally from Harlem.
All Saints and School Church, which was built in 1883, was designated by the New York City Monuments Preservation Commission in 2007. The parish and school were closed by the Archdiocese of New York in 2015 before the church was desecrated two years later.
âWe are honored to reinvigorate a historic Harlem gem, revitalizing its original place as a center of education for the community across our new campus,â said school co-founder Steve Perry in a communicated. âA prestigious New York City staple, we are proud to provide the children of Capital Prep Harlem with an environment and learning space that reflects the history and beauty of the community we know and love. “