Diddy Launches Charter School In Harlem…Coming Fall 2016

March 28, 2016  |  

Photo © Matt Baron/BEImages

Photo © Matt Baron/BEImages

Just when you’re wondering what Sean “Diddy” Combs is working on lately, he reveals his new venture, and it’s one of the best.

The Bad Boy Records CEO has founded a charter school in his native neighborhood of Harlem, New York, according to The Associated Press. Diddy says that creating the school is a “dream come true.”

The Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School will open in the fall and will be overseen by Dr. Steve Perry, the founder of Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut.

Florida-based educator Danita Jones has been hired as the principal of Capital Prep Harlem.


Steve Perry took to Twitter to reveal more details about the project.

I’m pleased to announce that @iamdiddy & I are opening a school in Harlem. We’ve been working together for the past 6 years & it’s here.

— Dr. Steve Perry (@DrStevePerry) March 28, 2016

Perry continued in another post: “I’ve been blown away by how committed @iamdiddy has been to the cause of education & honored that he chose to work w the Capital Prep team.”

Perry also revealed that speaker and television personality Iyanla Vanzant played “a huge role” in the school’s opening.

According to the website:

Capital Prep Harlem is a free, public charter school located in the Harlem neighborhood in New York City providing grades 6–12 with a year-round, college preparatory education that develops lifelong learners, leaders, and agents of social change. Capital Prep Harlem will open for the 2016–17 school year with 160 students enrolled in the 6th and 7th grades.

The school is looking for students (starting with 6th and 7th grades) as well as teachers. Perry is encouraging those interested to visit the school website CapitalPrepHarlem.org now. The deadline is April 1.


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