Co-working startup, WeWork is looking to expand its ever-growing empire into yet another industry: elementary education. Bloomberg got the details on this new venture from the founders Adam and Rebekah Neumann, who have roped in Bjarke Ingels to design the school.
The announcement is accompanied by several new renderings of the school, which will be located at WeWork’s NYC headquarters, and be accessed through a separate entrance. Rebekah Neumann has already launched a pilot version of this school, which has just seven children at the moment.
Students, aged five to eight years old, spend one day on a WeWork-owned farm, and the rest of the week in a more traditional classroom near WeWork’s headquarters.
“There’s no reason why children in elementary schools can’t be launching their own businesses,” Rebekah Neumann, explained to Bloomberg. With that motto in mind, children at the school receive instruction from many of the company’s customers and employees. Neuman explained that the students will still have to meet educational requirements set by the state, despite the non-traditional setup.
At present the school only has seven students and two teachers, but Neumann is hoping to expand the school to 65 students by next fall with classrooms for three and four-years olds, and grouped classrooms for kindergarten/first graders, second/third graders, and fourth graders, according to Bloomberg. Eventually the school, known as WeGrow, will expand all the way to the 12th grade, and pop up in WeWork locations across the globe.