Will Smith: Getting His $100 Goat

Much is being made of the private school funded by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith in Calabasas, Calif.

Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Times published an article about New Village Academy, citing its inclusion of Scientology teaching in its curriculum. Some of the teachers, the Times said, are Scientologists. The Smiths deny being members of the group.

I told you in this column last year that Smith had donated money to Scientology’s LEAP curriculum. The Smiths’ burgeoning friendship with Tom Cruise, Will Smith’s proclamations about Cruise’s incredible work ethic and even Smith’s new movie, “Hancock,” which is about a reluctant superhero, point to an interest in the religious sect started by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

But a visit to the Web site for New Village Academy is even more revealing about the direction of the school, if not the Scientology involvement.