Oprah Ponders Opening U.S. All-Girls Academy
Nearly 12 years after founding her all-girls South African leadership academy, Oprah says she is considering opening an all-girls school in America. During a recent taping of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, an audience member asked if the media mogul would open a school domestically and Oprah responded, “Yes, I’m actually thinking about it.” She said she is even thinking about where. “The reason why I called it the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa is because, even then, I was thinking this will just be one, this will be the satellite school and then I will do others,” she continues. “But it’s taken me a while to get it right. It’s taken me about 10 years to actually get it right.” Since opening in 2007, the school has seen seven classes graduate, with the newest one earning their diplomas in December 2018. That year, 100% of the students went on to enroll in colleges and universities in South Africa. Oprah estimates she’s spent roughly $140 million to keep the Henley on Klip-based school, just outside Johannesburg, running. “My hope was that I would give them an opportunity to see the best of themselves reflected through an open mind, an open heart, to what is possible,” she said. “And I can honestly say I have achieved that.” Watch The Daily Show clip here.