Magic Johnson Opens Alternative Schools In Chicago

Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies planned for South Shore, North/South Lawndale

Former NBA player Magic Johnson is hoping to cast his spell on the educational experience of some Chicago teens.

Johnson is opening two Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies in the South Shore and North/South Lawndale neighborhoods this fall.

The alternative schools targets students aged 13-21 who have dropped out of high school or at risk of not graduating, another path to earn a high school diploma.

A news conference was scheduled for Wednesday morning, where Bridgescape Academy executives, teachers and community leaders were planning to discuss the schools and officially open enrollment.

Fifteen of the schools in five states are currently open across the country, with the majority located in Ohio.

According to the web site, the schools offer programs suitable to a student's "schedule, lifestyle and learning needs." School days are abbreviated and flexible with an emphasis on online learning tools.

The schools are free for students to attend.

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