The LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools launches a new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown.
An amazing achievement has been realized for LeBron James — one that he considers the greatest achievement of his life. The I Promise School is the fruition of an almost decade of work by James’ foundation. The school’s focus will be educating children from challenging situations and/or backgrounds. The school will initially have two grades, third and fourth, with plans to expand in the near future.
After an abundance of early struggles, James’ life took a turn for the better between the fourth and fifth grades, when his living situation was more stable and he had perfect attendance, due to the intervention of Frank and Pam Walker. In 1993, the Walker’s took James in and pushed him to improve upon his education at a city school in Akron.
James is now assuming that role by donating millions of own money to the project and garnering support from several educational and educational sponsors.
The I Promise School will have a longer school day as well as a longer school year. Over 40 staff members will try to speed up the progress of students who qualify for the school’s program based on prior performance and socioeconomic factors.
- The classrooms will consist of 20 students for every teacher, 12 teachers are on staff for the 2018-19 school year.
- There are 43 academic staffers, including a principal, assistant principal, four intervention specialists, tutor, English as a second language teacher, music instructor and a gym teacher.
- IPS is a certified STEM (science, technology, engineering, match) school.
- The school day is longer than normal – 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and so is the school year, running July 30-May 17 — there will also be a seven-week summer school.
- Students will be served breakfast, lunch and a snack daily