Kanye West has shut down his Donda Academy for the year, as he continues to deal with the fallout of his recent antisemitic comments.
According to an email received by parents which was viewed by The Times, principal of Donda Academy, Jason Angell, said that “at the discretion of our Founder, Donda Academy will close for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year effective immediately”.
In his email to parents, Angell insisted the school plans to reopen in September 2023, adding … “we are confident that our scholars will continue to advance as the creative innovators, influencers and academic leaders of the next generation.”
Kanye himself weighed in on social media in a since-deleted Instagram post … “Here’s the clout you’re looking for. My school is being shut down.”
The email added, “THERE IS NO SCHOOL TOMORROW”, referring to today (October 27).
West opened the Christian preparatory private school, named after his late mother, in Simi Valley, California last month.
Donda Academy required parents to sign non-disclosure agreements before their children could become students. There were only about 100 students in total, with half on scholarships from Kanye and friends of the rapper.
The tuition-based school aimed to “prepare students to become the next generation of leaders,” according to its website.
“Each day, Donda students learn fundamentals, grow in their faith, and experience two enrichment classes,” the website read, while the daily schedule included “full school worship, Core classes of language arts, math and science, lunch & recess, enrichment courses including World Language, Visual Art, Film, Choir and Parkour”.