The schools offer counseling and resources to help students beyond graduation, including the Taylor Michaels scholarship, which assists its recipients through completion of an undergraduate degree. Johnson also offers scholarships through the Magic Johnson Foundation. His schools offer a valuable alternative to high school dropouts who don’t want to be left behind in the workforce.
“You graduate with a high school diploma, not a GED,” Johnson says. “We’re trying turn lives around. Even if you don’t go on to college, you can graduate and get a good job.”
The Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy has 17 locations in 6 states including Georgia, New Jersey and Ohio. The schools are free. Enrollment for the Chicago locations, which open August 26, is open and interested students can call (773) 238-2677.