Pitbull’s SLAM! school comes to Tempe. Here’s how to enroll

Rapper Pitbull’s newest public charter school will open in Tempe in August, and SLAM! Arizona Elementary is enrolling students now.

The K-5 school was originally planned for Mesa, which Pitbull announced at his Celebrity Fight Night performance in Phoenix on March 12.

He first announced plans for the school in 2018 at Woz U’s DesTechAZ consortium of technology leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials.

SLAM! Arizona Elementary’s principal is looking forward to the opening.

“My hope is that we will be a shining light in this city that students will want to come and be excited at school, want to stay and be involved and grow academically in a way that they have never before,” principal Shannon Beem said.

Here’s everything you need to know about the school before it opens.

Call him ‘Mr. Education’:Pitbull is planning a charter school in Arizona

What are Pitbull’s charter schools?

Pitbull's SLAM!  Arizona Elementary school will open in Tempe on Aug.  3.

The Tempe school isn’t the first for the entertainer, whose real name is Armando Christian Pérez.

He opened two charter schools in Miami in 2012 — a high school called Sports Leadership Academy of Miami and a middle school called Sports Leadership and Management. The SLAM Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization that represents 13 public charter schools in underrepresented communities.

SLAM stands for science, leadership, arts and management. The schools, which also operate in Nevada and Georgia, use a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum and sports themes to prepare students for careers in sports medicine, media production and marketing.

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