Inside The Donda Academy: Kanye West’s new school

Kanye West is reportedly planning to open a prep school in California.

According to multiple reports, the 44-year-old rapper is looking to open a private school called the Donda Academy, named after his late mother Donda West.

Called the Donda Academy after his late mother (and the inspiration for his latest album), herself a college professor, the Simi Valley Acorn first reported that West was eyeing off a plot of land near Los Angeles to open the school last month. According to the paper, it’ll have all your usual American high school trappings, including “classrooms, labs, offices, a kitchen, restrooms, storage, a basketball court and an open field.”

MTV News further reported that the Donda Academy would be a tuition-free private K-12 school. A website has been set up for the Academy and it appears to be taking admission applications already. It looks like the school will have a strong Christian leaning, which makes sense given West’s outspoken faith. The school’s website reads “Donda Academy–finding the intersection between faith and the innovation of the future, Donda Academy is focused on equipping students with an education that will last in the ever-changing world.”

“Using an ethic of integrity and care, Donda Academy prepares students to become the next generation of thinkers, leaders and innovators,” writes the school’s mission statement, “by providing them with a world-class education that includes a rigorous core curriculum, an emphasis on sustainability, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.”

If recent reports are to be believed, West also seems keen to establish Donda Academy as a powerhouse in the world of varsity high school sport. According to USA Today, four top high school basketball prospects: Robert Dillingham, Zion Cruz, Jalen Hooks, and Jakhi Howard, have all committed to transfer to the school. All of the recruits received follows from West on Instagram, and changed their social media avatars to plain black squares, reminiscent of West’s album cover for DONDA.

Donda Academy transfers Jahki Howard, Zion Cruz and Robert Dillingham have received a follow from @KanyeWest on Instagram and changed their profile pics to a black icon.

Interestingly, 2022 Duke commit Kyle Filipowski and unsigned 2023 four-star Gus Yalden have done the same. pic.twitter.com/yiY1wJSbZv — Jacob Polacheck (@JacobPolacheck) October 6, 2021

Dillingham in particular is a huge acquisition for the school. He’s roundly considered one of the top 10 prospects in his class nationwide and is expected to sign a scholarship with basketball powerhouse school and Michael Jordan’s Alma Mater, the University of North Carolina. Five-star Duke commit Kyle Filipowski could also be on his way to Donda Academy, having also blacked out his Instagram.

“It’s just one of those things you can’t pass up,” Hooks recently said in an interview with the Indianapolis Star. “It was more of a family decision, too. All of us just felt like it was a chance to reach my full potential and grow and get ready for the college level.”

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