Today marks the day that LeBron James calls “one of the greatest moments of my life” – and it has nothing to do with basketball. Today, The I Promise School, opens for 240 third- and fourth-graders as a part of the Akron Public schools. But this new school is much more than a school, James’ I Promise School help some of Akron’s most challenged students and their parents. I Promise is a partnership between Akron and the LeBron James Family Foundation and will expand year by year, going to second and fifth grades next year until it is grades 1-8 by 2022.
Students will be equipped with school supplies, and teachers will have the tools they need.
- The classrooms will hold 20 students for every teacher, and 12 teachers have been hired 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, math) school.
- The school day is long – 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and so is the school year, lasting July 30-May 17 – and there will be a seven-week summer school.
- Students will be served breakfast, lunch and a snack daily.