Will Smith Opens School for Scientology

Celebuzz | June 30, 2008 - 10:00 am

Tom Cruise buddies Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith deny they are Scientologists. But they will open an elementary school in Los Angeles that will use a teaching method based on L. Ron Hubbard’s controversial religion.

The couple are among the founders of the “nondenominational” New Village Academy, which is set to open on Sept 3 and will employ Scientologist teachers. Children of all religious backgrounds are reportedly welcome to enroll.

“New Village Academy was born of a simple question: Is it possible to create an educational environment in which children have fun learning?” Will asks. “Jada and I believe the answer is yes.”

The Hubbard “study technology” focuses on “hands-on experience, mastering a subject before moving on and not reading past words students don’t understand,” according to E! Online. The school will feature classes in robotics, yoga and etiquette and have a no-sugar policy.

Oh, yeah, it’s for nondenominational robots, all right.