Lebron James and his Foundation Opens Public School in Hometown

Lebron James and his Foundation Opens Public School in Hometown

Eight months after the Akron, OH school board approved of hometown hero Lebron James plan for the creation of a public school, the I PROMISE School is set to open Monday to an inaugural class of 240 students.

The school is a partnership involving the LeBron James Family Foundation, Akron Public Schools and other community organizations.

The school provides a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum, while also taking into account the struggles and traumas in students’ lives to provide “social-emotional learning.”

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, The I PROMISE School provides these unique benefits for its students and teachers: smaller class sizes with more focus on individual learning; lessons specifically in skills to promote social-emotional learning and twice daily “Be Best” circles for students; a family resource center to provide support for students; and weekly professional development for teachers.

James conveyed his excitement about the new endeavor in a series of tweets:

ESPN reports that for students who complete the program, James has arranged to the provide them with free tuition to the University of Akron starting in 2021. The newly signed Los Angeles Laker has also created a program for parents of the at-risk children to return to complete their high school educations.

For this school year, I PROMISE is only open to only third- and fourth-graders, but by the 2022-’23 school year, it plans to be a complete institution for students in first through eighth grades.

In totality, James and his foundation leaders hope that thanks to their activism, more than 1,200 children will pass through the program and be enrolled into college by 2029.