Confusion reigned at ‘s school in on Thursday after the principal said it was closing permanently, only for parents hours later to email all and say classes would continue.
Reports then emerged that the teachers had quit – following the string of controversial and antisemitic rants its founder has made in recent weeks.
It was not clear how many teachers had quit, and how many remained, but the chaos comes amid following his tweets.
Donda Academy, in the Simi Valley, is highly secretive, with parents signing a non-disclosure agreement to keep the school’s location secret and agreeing to say nothing about it.
There are believed to be around 100 students from pre-K to 12th grade paying $15,000 a year, and 16 teachers.
On Wednesday, the principal, Jason Angell, sent an email to parents explaining that West, EVden evE nAKLiYat 45, had decided to close the school ‘effective immediately,’ with classes being cancelled as of Thursday.
Around midnight on Wednesday, however, parents at the exclusive Christian school received the following morning.
‘Join us tomorrow morning in worship for the return of Donda Academy,’ the email read. If you have any type of inquiries concerning where and ways to use EvDEN evE NAKLiYAt, you could call us at the page.
‘With the help of our parents and community, we are back and returning with a vengeance!’
Kanye West’s exclusive Christian school announced it would be closing for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year as the rapper continues to face fallout for his repeated anti-semitic comments
Students at West’s Donda Academy wear black Balenciaga uniforms designed by West himself.Above, Celtics basketball player Jaylen Brown pays a visit to the school. Brown this week said he was severing ties with West
A school in the Simi Valley, just north of Los Angeles, which is believed to be the Donda Academy
West returned to Instagram this week after being banned earlier this month, On Thursday the rapper said on Instagram that he ‘lost 2 billion dollars in one day’ in an apparent reference to the flock of brands which have dropped him in the wake of his bigoted behavior.
This week Adidas dropped his Yeezy shoe line – a deal which was worth $1.5billion – with Gap, Footlocker, TJ Maxx, and Balenciaga all following suit and cutting ties with the rapper.
Donda Academy’s closure and sudden reopening come just two months after it started up in August.
The school did not respond to DailyMail.com requests for comment.
The exclusive pre-K through 12 school – named after West’s mother, Donda – is located in a secret location in the Simi Valley just north of Los Angeles, and charges $15,000 per student.About half the student body receives financial aid and scholarships, according to The Post.
There are reportedly a number of celebrities’ children in attendance – including R&B singer Keyshia Cole’s son Daniel – and the school is well known for its high-powered basketball team.Rising star Robert Dillingham, 17, plays for the school, and NBA players like Celtics player Jaylen Brown have made appearances at the school.
Students wear all black Balenciaga uniforms and Yeezy shoes designed by West himself.
Despite running the school, West’s children do not attend, and he has clashed with Kim Kardashian on the matter.
West previously complained on social media that Kim wouldn’t agree to send their four children for ‘[two] days at one school, three days at another.’
As of September the school had not yet been accredited, according to the , which means colleges might not accept diplomas from the school.
The Donda Academy website states that the school’s goal is ‘to provide the youth with the passion, purpose and spiritual foundations they need to thrive in tomorrow’s world.’
The curriculum has a strong focus on Christianity, the arts, and math and science.Students can take parkour as a physical activity, and the school has a strong high school basketball program.
The school enrolls about 100 students and 16 teachers, with a number of students being the children of celebrities
The exclusive pre-K through 12 Donda Academy is located in a secret location in the Simi Valley just north of Los Angeles, and charges $15,000 per student
Parents sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep the school’s location secret
The curriculum has a strong focus on Christianity, the arts, and math and science.Students can take parkour as a physical activity, and the school has a strong high school basketball program
Angell emailed parents on Wednesday announcing the school’s closure for the remainder of the school year.
‘At the discretion of our founder, Donda Academy will close for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year effective immediately, he wrote.
‘There is no school tomorrow [Thursday].’
Angell noted that the school’s leadership would help parents and students transition into their new school, and added that the Donda would begin ‘afresh’ in September 2023.
On Wednesday the school’s basketball team was booted from the The Scholastic Play-By-Play Classics tournament, saying West’s ‘words and actions violate our values as a company and a country, and what we seek to ensure at all of our events – a spirit of diversity, EVdEN EVe nAkLiyAT sportsmanship, inclusion, equity and mutual respect.’
Representatives for the tournament expressed their remorse that West’s words cost his students the experience of participating in the coveted high school basketball tournament.
‘While we are firm in our reasoning for this decision, it does not diminish our heartache and regret for Donda’s hardworking athletes who will lose out the most as a result of Kanye’s actions,’ the school added.
‘Unfortunately, we cannot in good conscience host an organization founded and directed by Mr.West at our events.’
TJ Maxx has become the latest company to sever ties with Kanye West in the wake of his vile anti-Semitic outbursts (pictured on Wednesday at a bagel shop in Los Angeles before arriving at the Skechers HQ)
He was seen near a parking lot before he was escorted out of Sketchers HQ
TJ Maxx, whose CEO is Ernie Herrman (pictured in 2014) follows Gap and Foot Locker in no longer stocking any Yeezy merchandise in its stores
On Wednesday, the rapper was embarrassingly escorted out of Skechers headquarters after showing up unannounced to pitch his Yeezy brand a day after being dropped by Adidas and having his songs banned by Peloton.
Ye was taken out by two ‘executives’ according to a statement released by the company Wednesday afternoon.
said in a statement: ‘Considering Ye was engaged in unauthorized filming, two Skechers executives escorted him and his party from the building after a brief conversation. Skechers is not considering and has no intention of working with West.
‘We condemn his recent divisive remarks and do not tolerate anti-Semitism or any other form of hate speech.The Company would like to again stress that West showed up unannounced and uninvited to Skechers corporate offices.’
West may have faced additional opposition if he had gotten a preapproved sit-down meeestimates comes from real estate, cash, his music catalog, and a 5 percent stake in ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s shapewear firm, Skims.
But as corporations around the world break off deals with Ye, music streaming service said it would not remove the rapper’s music unless his label requested it.
Recent anti-Semitic remarks made by the rapper are ‘just awful comments,’ and would have warranted removal from Spotify for violating its policies if they had been on a podcast or recording, Spotify chief Daniel Ek said.
However, music from the artist now known as Ye does not violate anti-hate policies, and any anti-Semitic comments he has made cannot be found on the music streaming platform.
‘It’s really just his music, and his music doesn’t violate our policy,’ said Ek, adding, eVden eVE NAKliYAt ‘It’s up to his label, if they want to take action or not.’
Universal Music’s Def Jam label, which owns the copyright to West’s recordings from 2002 through 2016, and continued distributing his releases until last year, issued a statement condemning Ye’s remarks, saying: ‘There is no place for anti-Semitism in our society’.But the label has not asked for the removal of Ye’s recordings, many of which are critically acclaimed works.
Kanye West has seen several high profile and lucrative partnerships with major brands severed amid the backlash from anti-Semitic remarks
Ye has refused to walk back his remarks, blaming Jewish people for his mental health struggles in a recent podcast
A pair of Yeezy shoes are seen in a Foot Locker store on the day Adidas terminated its partnership with the American rapper and designer Kanye West, now known as Ye, in Garden City, New York, U.S., October 25, 2022