RUMOR PATROL: Suri NOT Starting Scientology Training

Apr. 13 2009, Published 9:58 a.m. ET

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With her third birthday five days away on April 18, what is famous tiny tot Suri Cruise set to get? Scientology classes! Or at least that's the rumor going around town. According to a British report, her parents Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes will send her to New Village Academy -- the school launched by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. reached out to the school who nixes the chatter.

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"It's not accurate information," a rep for the school tells "No application has been filed. Students start at age 4 and above." Holmes' rep echoed the statement saying: "this item is false."

When the Calabasas, Calif., school opened its doors last year, there was lots of talk about its Scientology affiliation since a number of the staff (including the Director of Learning) are Scientologists and the educational methods include L. Ron Hubbard's "study technology" on top of the more traditional Montessori, Gardner, and Bruner methods. The school's head administrator Jacqueline Oliver has publicly denied that the school has any religious affiliation and points out that other staff members are Muslim, Jewish, and Christian. "Faculty and staff do not promote their own religions at school," she said at the time.


Suri was supposedly going to attend the school full-time (five days a week) at a price tag of $11,500 for pre-kindergarten. There is always next year!

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