Kanye West’s private school, which opened in 2021, is home to Adidas-backed Donda Doves basketball team, according to an article published by rolling stone.
Based in Simi Valley, Calif., Christian preparatory school Donda Academy — named after West’s late mother, Professor Donda West — says on its website that its mission is “to prepare students to become the next generation of leaders”.
In the 2018-2019 school year, according to data from the National Federation of State High School Associations, the sport with the most participation for boys in the United States was 11-a-side football with slightly more participation. a million attendees. Basketball was third, with 540,769, just behind athletics in popularity.
According to Donda consultant Tamar Andrews, there are just under 100 students enrolled at the $15,000-a-year school, which employs 16 full-time teachers.
andrews said rolling stone that the school is not yet accredited, although it has applied to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The institution’s Donda Doves basketball team was launched in the 2021-2022 school year, according to the California Department of Education.
West, 45, who has legally changed his name to Ye, wants the team to compete against the best players at the prestigious Sierra Canyon school, attended by NBA star LeBron James’ 17-year-old son, Bronny.
West’s children with ex-wife Kim Kardashian also attend Sierra Canyon, but in shared text messages on West’s Instagram account he allegedly sent her, the musician wrote that he wanted their children to attend Donda Academy. .
Given the school founder‘s celebrity status, it’s reported that NBA stars such as Boston Celtics player Jaylen Brown and Utah Jazz Jordan Clarkson will be on hand to help students at Donda Academy. .
According rolling stonesome of the best high school basketball players in the United States have been recruited from Donda Academy, including ESPN’s No. 8 pick Robert Dillingham and No. 25 pick AJ Johnson.
The team appeared on the cover of Slam Magazine in January, posing alongside former presidential candidate West in gray Balenciaga uniforms.
Players hailing from all over the United States, sports students were housed in a luxury building with chaperones, according to the report.
Another draw to the school is the choir, with up to seven children from that program having successfully auditioned to sing as part of West’s invitation-only Sunday services.
Few other details are known about Donda Academy, which reportedly requires parents of prospective students to sign nondisclosure agreements. Consultant Andrews said in the report that the parents were asked to sign an “informal agreement”.
The school’s principal and executive director, Brianne Campbell – who also runs Donda Academy’s choir program – is 28, has never held a formal teaching position and is enrolled in a Masters of Education program at Pepperdine University in California.
West producer and collaborator Malik Yusef, who told rolling stone he helped shape the concept of the school, said the rapper and fashion designer was serious about Donda Academy.
West’s five-year plan, according to Yusef, is to open multiple campuses across the United States, copying Donda Academy’s tuition for K-12 students.
“I want to emphasize that there was never a time when Kanye West didn’t want to do this,” Yusef said. “I think people don’t understand the seriousness of this.
“This man always wanted to start a school in his mum’s name…Look at what we’re doing with the choir and fashion at school – I don’t think there’s a venture capitalist or who anyone who had such a clear vision of what education can look like for you.”
Yusef and Andrews also talked about the programs the school offers, including fashion classes, Japanese language classes, restorative justice education classes, and STEM classes.
“With Donda Academy, the program has been built for a lifetime,” Yusef said. “Education is kind of a group effort. It takes a village to raise the child, these conceptualizations.
“We talked at length about how we want people to be educated and how the education system fails the majority of people, not just some.”
Newsweek has contacted representatives of West and Donda Academy for comment.