Magic Johnson plans to make his mark on Chicago’s education system by building alternatives schools for high school dropouts and students at risk of not graduating.
According to NBC, the former NBA player is opening two Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies in the South Shore and North/South Lawndale neighborhoods of Chicago. The new schools will cater to 13 to 21-year-old students by offering classes suitable for their schedule, lifestyle and learning needs.
According to the website, “Magic Johnson Bridgescape provides students who have dropped out or are at-risk of dropping out of school, with a free alternative path to earn a high school diploma in an environment that fits their schedule, life circumstances and learning needs.”
There are currently 15 academies open across the country, with majority located in Ohio.
There is no cost for the students to attend. Doors for the new Chicago branches are scheduled to open this fall.