Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs Opens New School in Harlem

March 28, 2016 Updated: March 29, 2016

Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs has been behind the success of several musicians—now he is taking on the role of building successful students, with the opening of a new charter school in Harlem, New York.

Combs will open Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School in August for the 2016-17 school year and is currently accepting applications for grades six and seven.

Capital Prep leader Steve Perry, who founded Connecticut’s Capital Prep Magnet School will oversee the school. Perry has a 100 percent graduation rate with students attending four-year colleges.

Creating this school is a dream come true for me.
— Sean 'P.Diddy' Combs

The music mogul is excited about the school and the impact it will have on Harlem, his hometown.

“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,” Combs said in a press release.

“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.”

Perry is just as excited. 

“I’m inspired by Sean Combs’s belief that educating our young people is the key to opening up a world of opportunity for them,” said Perry in the release.

“Sean and I have spent many long hours over the last five years talking about education and how best to meet the needs of the young people of Harlem, and I couldn’t be more pleased to continue this journey through the opening of the school,” Perry added.

Danita Jones will lead the school as principal.

An information session will take place on April 1. Click here for more information.