Parents received an email from the school’s principal, Jason Angell, informing them that West had made the decision to close the school for the remainder of 2022. “At the discretion of our founder, Donda Academy will close for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year effective immediately,” the email read.
In a now deleted social media post , Kanye wrote, “Here’s the clout you’re looking for. My school is being shut down.”
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.”
An unaccredited Christian institution, 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.
Parents whose kids didn’t get scholarships had to pay $15,000 per year for their kids to attend. Students wore designer uniforms by Balenciaga and Ye’s own clothing line, Yeezy.