Magic Johnson opens program for high school dropouts

during the inning of their baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

By// Mariah Craddick

NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson has opened a new school in downtown Atlanta for dropouts and at-risk high school students. The Magic Johnson Bridgescape center is a program at Provost Academy Georgia, a statewide virtual high school.

The center offers one-on-one and small group assistance to help youth who have left or are at risk of leaving school to earn a high school diploma. It is free and open to students between the ages of 14 and 20 with sessions available in the morning and afternoon.

“Our goal is to ensure that no student falls through the cracks,” Johnson said in a press release. “All students should have the opportunity to receive their high school diplomas and be fully prepared for college or the workplace.”

This is not the first Bridgescape center Johnson has operated. The mogul has other centers located in Ohio, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

The program is now accepting students. For more information, visit