Pharrell Williams will be opening small private schools for low-income families! The 48-year-old musician and entrepreneur has established YELLOWHAB, which ‘will be the first of a network of micro-schools offering individualised learning aligned to the future of work.’
In a press release to The Virginian-Pilot, Pharrell stated: “If the system is fixed and unfair, then it needs to be broken. We don’t want lockstep learning where so many kids fall behind; we want bespoke learning designed for each child, where the things that make a child different are the same things that will make a child rise up and take flight.”
The first YELLOWHAB is set to open September 2021 in Norfolk, Virginia for 40 to 50 elementary-aged students.
YELLOWHAB’s entry eligibility requirements are:
- Child is a resident of Norfolk, VA (proof of residency required if selected)
- Child is a rising 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader
- Child qualifies for the Federal Free and Reduced-price Lunch program, or meets family income requirements here (proof of status required if selected)
YELLOWHAB will focus on “an immersive educational environment that sparks imagination in a story-filled space where children transcend the (every day) on a journey for deeper learning.”