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Kanye West Makes Bold Claim That His School Turns Kids Into Geniuses

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By Favour Adegoke on September 23, 2022 at 10:30 AM EDT

Rapper Kanye West is still trying to get his kids' school changed.

The rapper, who was married to Kim Kardashian, shares four kids with the socialite, North, 9, Saint, 6, Chicago, 4, and Psalm, 3. The four kids are currently enrolled in a private school in Los Angeles.

West previously stated in a since-deleted Instagram post that he wanted his children to attend Donda Academy – a school that he founded in late August.

In a recent interview, the rapper shared he is still adamant about making the change. He claims that doing so is in line with his rights as the father of his children.

Read on to learn more.

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Kanye West Has To 'Fight For A Say-So'

Kanye West is back in his boots as he makes his way around Miami

In an interview with ABC anchor Linsey Davis, West once again reiterated his desire for his kids to go to Donda Academy, a private Christian prep school in Simi Valley, California, which the rapper opened in late August.

The name is derived from West's late mother, Donda, who managed the rapper after retiring as an English professor and head of the department of Chicago State University. She also served as the inspiration for the names of her son's two previous albums, "Donda" in 2021 and "Donda 2" in 2022.

"I want my kids to go to Donda, and I have to fight for a say-so," West said in the interview, per New York Post, referencing his four children, who mostly live with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian.

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West had previously disclosed in a since-deleted Instagram post his wishes for his kids to change their school. At the time, he posted a series of conversations with someone presumed to be his ex-wife as he tried to convince her to agree to switch their school to Donda.

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Kanye West Says His School Could Turn Kids Into 'Geniuses'

Kanye West is back in his boots as he makes his way around Miami.

According to the New York Post, the quartet is presently registered at a private school in Los Angeles, where they pay astronomical tuition. Elsewhere in the interview with ABC, he revealed how the schooling arrangement would work, explainings that he wants his kids to spend three days at their regular school and two at Donda academy.

The rapper went on to say that his school was set up to do things differently from the conventional school available today. He shared that instead of focusing on the usual curriculum, his school was more centered on giving the students "practical skills" like engineering, computer programming, and farming.

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"So many schools are made to set kids up for industries that don't even matter anymore," West added before saying that his school boasts tutors with unique teaching skills that could "actually turn your kids into like geniuses."

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Donda Academy's Mission

Kanye West's Donda Academy
Instagram/ Kanye West

The Donda Academy website further emphasizes the rapper's claims in the interview, promising to bring out the best in its enrollees.

Its mission statement read, "[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."

Per New York Post, the itinerary for the students is well packed with various main classes, including language, arts, math, and science, as well as extracurricular activities like visual art, film, choir, and parkour. The students are also expected to participate in full school worship every day.

According to Rolling Stone, a nondisclosure agreement and a $15,000 tuition are necessary to enroll at the enigmatic school. Nearly half of students get financial aid or grants to cover these costs.

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Kanye West Has Always Wanted To Launch Donda Academy

Kanye West grabs an ice cream in Calabasas after a meeting.

Since the school launched, there has been a lot of skepticism about it, mainly due to the fact that it is unaccredited and also compels parents to sign nondisclosure forms. Rolling Stone reported that opening the school has been a long-life dream of the rapper.

"I want to be emphatic that there's never been a time that Kanye West did not want to do this," a school representative said. "I think people don't understand the gravity of that. This man always wanted to create a school in his mama's name."

Another representative of the school, Tamar Andrews, shared that the school was not big on popularity and only wanted the right people to come.

"Honestly, we don't care if people know about the school," the Donda employee 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."

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