Kanye West is making parents of children enrolled in his Donda Academy sign Non-Disclosure Agreements, just as concerns over the school’s quality of education begin to circulate.
The 45-year-old rap and fashion icon, who’s also been building a formidable school basketball team comprised of some of the best high school talent in the country, is set to open to students from Pre-K through Grade 12.
TMZ reports that the school currently only has about 100 students, some of whose parents have voiced their concerns regarding the education their kids are getting at the academy.
Parents Come Forward Claiming Kanye Made Them Sign NDA’s After Complaints Of School Began To Circulate
Two of those parents have since come forward and claimed the school made them sign NDAs, which essentially keeps them from being about to discuss the school and their kids’ education, according to a recent report by the Rolling Stone.
Although the NDA’s have only furthered parental concern, Tamar Andrews, a consultant for Kanye, doesn’t think it’s such a big deal, adding that “we don’t care if people know about the school” and that “there is a certain notoriety that comes with being affiliated with Donda.”
“Honestly, we don’t care if people know about the school,” Andrew said. “The people that want to come to the school are looking for a good Christian school in that area and they know that we’re there … there is also a certain notoriety that comes with being affiliated with Donda. So, I don’t know that we have to advertise, which is a blessing and a curse.”
Kanye has said that his school’s mission is to allow children to connect more with their community and their faith. The academy itself is named after Kanye’s late mother, Donda West.
Much of the curriculum appears to be centered around religion, according to the school’s website.
Academy Offers Unconventional Approach To Education: Parkour Classes, Cone Of Silence And More
The Rolling Stone reports that the school offers an unconventional approach to education.
Parkour classes, a cone of silence, and a principal with no apparent formal teaching experience, were three of the most bizarre the outlet made note of.
Earlier this month, West shared Instagram photos of students decked out in school uniforms consisting entirely of his Yeezy and Gap designs.
He has also complained about his four children not attending the school, appearing to accuse his estranged wife Kim Kardashian from preventing their kids from doing so.
The academy will also have a heavy focus on basketball, as four of the most sought after high school basketball players in the U.S have already been recruited and reportedly committed to attending.
Academy Beefing Up It’s High School Basketball Team With Some Of The Biggest Names In The Country
The players are Jahki Howard, Jalen Hooks, Robert Dillingham and Zion Cruz, The Shade Room reported last year.
Donda Academy will reportedly feature “classrooms, labs, offices, a kitchen, restrooms, storage, a basketball court and an open field ”for its students to use.”
A local news affiliate also reported that the academy will likely be located on a plot of land Kanye has been eyeing between Moorpark and Simi Valley in Los Angeles.
The mission of Donda Academy is to “prepare students to become the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators by providing them with a world-class education that includes a rigorous core curriculum, and an emphasis on sustainability, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.”
Kanye had a website created for the school back in May, according to Hype Beast.
Meanwhile, Kanye has had a whirlwind last few weeks on social media, continuing beefs with Adidas, Pete Davidson and Kid Cudi. The Shade Room reported that Ye actually sent a peace offering to all three adversaries on the day Queen Elizabeth II died last week.