By Jonathan Hailey

Sean “Diddy” Combs has always been a big advocate for education, now he’s putting his money where his mouth is. Early today (March 28), it was announced via press release the hip-hop mogul partnered with Capital Preparatory Schools to open a new charter school in Harlem.

Although the move comes as a surprise, Diddy has been preparing for this for several years. He’s been in secret meetings with education experts and leaders for five years. The school named Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School will open in the fall of 2016. It will be overseen by Dr. Steve Perry, Capital Prep’s founder. Perry has selected Danita Jones as principal.

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“I’m inspired by Sean Combs’ belief that educating our young people is the key to opening up a world of opportunity for them. Sean and I have spent many long hours over the last five years talking about education and how best to meet the needs of the young people of Harlem, and I couldn’t be more pleased to continue this journey through the opening of the school,” Dr. Perry stated.

Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School is currently accepting applications for students in the 6th and 7th grades. They plan to expand a grade each year until they reach grade 12. Head over to the school’s site for more information about applying to be a student or a teacher.


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