A view of 1625 Tierra Rejada Road on Tues., Sept. 21. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers
Indications are music and fashion mogul Kanye West is eying a 4-acre parcel on Tierra Rejada Road in the unincorporated area between Moorpark and Simi Valley for his first private school.
West announced plans for Donda Academy, a school to honor his late mother, earlier this month. Donda West died in 2007. “Donda” is also the name of West’s latest album.
According to an Aug. 30 permit report issued by Ventura County’s Building and Safety division, Donda Academy Inc. has requested a change of occupancy for the former Simi Valley Stoneridge Preparatory School property at 1625 Tierra Rejada Road.
The property was listed for lease by Santa Clarita-based RE/MAX Crissman Commercial Services.
Tim Crissman, the lead broker, referred all questions about the property to the agent representing Donda Academy, Tyrone McKillen with Los Angeles-based Plus Real Estate Group.
McKillen has not returned calls seeking comment.
The property includes a 5,728-square-foot school with classrooms, labs, offices, kitchen, restrooms, storage, a basketball court and an open field, according to the lease information posted by Crissman.
According to a September report from MTV News, Donda Academy will be a tuition-free private school that will serve 60 students from kindergarten through high school. West’s goal, MTV said, is to honor his mother’s legacy in academia.
A Google Maps satellite image showing 1625 Tierra Rejada Road.
Donda West was a professor in the English department at Chicago State University.
While the school’s website is mostly blank, it does include a mission statement: “Finding the intersection between faith and the innovation of the future, Donda Academy is focused on equipping students with an education that will last in the ever-changing world.”
Attempts to reach Beulah McLoyd, who is listed on the website as the academy’s educational consultant, have been unsuccessful.
Simi Valley Stoneridge Preparatory School closed in the early 2010s after operating on Tierra Rejada Road for many years.
Stoneridge had been in existence since 1965; it started in Calabasas as the Marie Cutler School before moving to Tarzana and finally settling in Simi Valley.
Once a member of the California Interscholastic Federation, Stoneridge became an independent prep school after repeated problems with rule violations related to its basketball program, which attracted some of the nation’s top recruits to the tiny campus with fewer than 50 students.
West splits time between homes in Hidden Hills and Cody, Wyoming. The father of four has a net worth of over $1 billion, according to Forbes.