Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Wanting to Teach Kids a Thing or Two, Opens a Charter School

A ‘dream come true’ for rapper-mogul, Harlem’s Capital Preparatory plans full enrollment of 700 students

Last Updated: March 28, 2016 @ 5:09 PM

Sean “Diddy” Combs is going totally new-school with his latest project.

Rapper-mogul Combs is expanding his resume to include educator with the opening a school in Harlem, which will begin operating in the fall.

The Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School will attempt to “expand educational opportunities for young men and women in Harlem and build leaders from the community,” a press release noted Monday.

“Creating this school is a dream come true for me. I want to impact the lives of young people in my community, and build future leaders. The first step is offering access to a quality education,” Harlem native Combs said of the project. “Every young person should have the tools they need to succeed. All our children should be able to pursue their dreams. That is something I can impact with this school.”

Combs first conceived of the school in 2011, and eventually chose Capital Preparatory Schools to run the project.

Danita Jones, an educator from Orlando, will serve as the principal for the school, which will be located at 1 East 104th Street in New York.

Initially, the school will accept applications for sixth and seventh graders, with plans to expand a grade each year until it reaches full enrollment of 700 students in grades 6 through 12.