LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Charter School will move to a larger campus in New York City.
The music mogul announced Thursday that the Metropolitan Preparatory School will move into the All Saints Church and School building in the Harlem area. The move will increase the school’s capacity from 500 to 700 students in grades 6-12, starting in the 2022-2023 academic year.
The school’s new campus will have 40 classrooms and offices, a gymnasium, science labs, a cafeteria, a shared courtyard, and an area called the Great Hall for all school meetings and performances.
“Children of Harlem must have access to opportunities and quality education and have the right to study on a campus that reflects the level of excellence we strive to achieve,” Combs said in a statement. “This new Capital Prep Harlem campus reflects my commitment to empowering as many children as possible and creating space for the next generation of leaders to excel in all aspects of their lives.”
Combs opened a charter school in Harlem in 2016. He’s a longtime supporter of education and donated $ 1 million to Capital preparatory schools for the opening of a new building in the Bronx, which opened last year. He is a native of Harlem.
All Saints Church and School, built in 1883, was listed by the New York City Landmarks Conservation Commission in 2007. The parish and school were closed by the Archdiocese of New York in 2015 before the church was deconsecrated two years later.
“We are honored to revive the historic gem of Harlem by resurrecting its original location as a hub for community education through our new campus,” the school’s co-founder Steve Perry said in a statement. “A prestigious New York City, we pride ourselves on providing Capital Prep Harlem’s children with a learning environment and space that reflects the history and beauty of the community we know and love.”