Kanye West has branched his business in every possible direction. The new academic year began at Donda Academy in September. The institution’s curriculum, which includes parkour classes, has now been made public.
According to Rolling Stone, a student’s day at Donda Academy consists of a few different elements. They can find themselves taking part in science, math, and language arts classes as well as in the daily school worship. The lunch/recess and enrichment programs included choir, visual art, movies, international languages, and, shockingly, parkour.
Two sources tell Rolling Stone that families are required to sign nondisclosure agreements to enroll. A consultant to the school claims only parents sign, and described it as an “informal agreement.” Moreover, the school is not yet accredited and was still looking to hire instructors shortly before the school year began.
Producer and longtime West associate Malik Yusef claims to have contributed to the conceptualization of the school. He asserts that West is serious about Donda Academy and that the establishment of the institution is not taking place on a whim. It is a part of West’s long-term goal and the rapper has several schools across the nation in mind for the next five years.
“I want to be emphatic that there’s never been a time that Kanye West did not want to do this. I think people don’t understand the gravity of that. This man always wanted to create a school in his mama’s name … Look at what we’re doing with the choir and the fashion in school — I don’t think there’s a venture capitalist or anybody that’s had a vision this clear on what education can look like for you.”
Donda Academy prides itself on being a Christian preparatory school. According to reports, the private school has begun the process of submitting an application to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. About 100 pupils attend the school in Simi Valley, California, which is run by principal Brianne Campbell.
With Kanye focused more on making similar institutions, it’s safe to say we’ll find similar curriculums. Initiating these projects because “God told him to.”, has the audience on ropes. However, the lack of transparency about the inner workings of the school raises serious questions.
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