REVOLT Media & TV Chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs announced on Wednesday (Sep. 2) that he is opening a new college prep school in The Bronx.
Capital Prep Bronx is scheduled to open on Sep. 8 under a fully remote learning schedule due to Coronavirus. Nearly 200 underserved sixth and seventh grade students will attend the school for its first year. Over the next five years, the school plans to grow to 650 students, serving grades six through eleven.
“My dream has always been to provide children, in communities like the Bronx, the high quality education they deserve,” said Diddy in a statement. “We’re not just teaching reading, math and coding. We are grooming future leaders that will change their communities and the world.”
Diddy and Dr. Steve Perry previously opened up two other prep schools; which are located in Harlem, New York and Bridgeport, Connecticut.
“We couldn’t be more excited to open our next school together in Co-Op City, a community rooted in social justice and diversity.” Dr. Perry said in a statement. “While opening up remote at first is bittersweet, we have developed a best in class approach to online learning we are excited to implement with our new families. The Capital Prep college prep model is perfectly poised to transition into the digital space and we are excited to deliver a rigorous education to this inaugural class of scholars.”
Back in 2018, Diddy, who has been a longtime education advocate, pledged $1 million towards the Bronx location. The media mogul said that he understood the environment that the kids lived in and he wanted to give them a quality education.
“I understand the importance of access to a great education, and the critical role it plays in a child’s future,” he previously said. “Our school provides historically disadvantaged students with the college and career skills needed to become responsible and engaged citizens for social justice.”