New Village leases site from school district

A local school district has leased one of its campuses to a private school founded by a Hollywood power couple.

The New Village Academy, a home-school program established by actor Will Smith and his wife, actress-singer Jada Pinkett Smith, will move this fall to the former Calabasas site of Indian Hills High School in the Las Virgenes Unified School District.

Students from the alternative high school will be moved to Agoura High School but operate as a separate program within the larger campus, said Las Virgenes Superintendent Don Zimring.

The opening of New Village Academy on Las Virgenes Road has already made the tabloids, sparking rumors that the prekindergarten-through-sixth-grade private school will infuse Scientology teachings through its curriculum.

The academy is scheduled to open its doors to students on Sept. 3.

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