Jahlil Beats Academy
Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) has proudly partnered with Chester-born record producer and songwriter Jahlil Beats to implement Jahlil Beats Academy (JBA), a school focused on building scholars’ technological and business skillsets with the goal of preparing scholars for the ever-changing technology of a 21st century society.
The Jahlil Beats Academy (JBA) puts emphasis on computer science, entrepreneurship, and critical thinking, as well as other modern subjects, like 3D printing and virtual reality. Jahlil Beats Academy also features lessons on music production using studio-grade equipment, sometimes taught by renowned guest instructors.
With over 25 years of experience in the music industry, Beats, who is a CCCS alum, is intent on training the next generation of music industry executives. Through extensive partnerships with key players across the music industry landscape, JBA scholars are able to work alongside some of the top executives, artists, and influencers.
“I just want to give these kids all the tools I know to succeed,” said Beats, who is signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation label. “Growing up in Chester, I didn’t have anyone to look at from a point of view of success. I want to mold these scholars into legit business and cultural figures at a young age, giving them a career and pushing them to be forces in the entertainment field. I’m giving them all my resources.”
“This is a great opportunity for our scholars to have exposure to a new and exciting world. But what means the most to me about Jahlil Beats Academy is that it shows what can be born out of Chester, and what Chester’s success stories can reinvest into our next generation,” said Chester Community Charter School CEO Dr. David E. Clark, Jr.
Jahlil Beats Academy will be housed in Chester Community Charter School’s middle school building in Aston, Pennsylvania for at least the next five years.