Will Smith To Start His Own School
Posted on Fri May 16, 2008 12:31 PM PDT

Will Smith WillSmith0329_02.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Will Smith is behind the lease for the New Village Academy in Calabasas, California, which will be an independent pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade school opening this fall.

The school's motto is "Spiral Up!" and in the mission statement, the school says, "We have created an innovative learning environment that emphasizes the pursuit of personal excellence as the catalyst of both group advancement and individual prosperity." NVA plans to renovate the new school site with new play equipment and new furniture, as well as paint and carpeting.

The campus was previously home to Indian Hills High School, an alternative school for grades 10-12, which will be moved to another location this fall.