LeBron James' I Promise School Exceeds Expectations As Students Show Tremendous Academic Achievement

King James may be in L.A., but his heart will always be in Akron.

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| April 15 2019,

4:59 pm

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James' school is making great strides in terms of academic growth, according to reports.

The I Promise School launched nearly a year ago as a grand gesture by King James to show his dedication to his community.

According to USA Today, the Akron, Ohio, school has shown incredible results in such a short period. About 90% of the 240 third and fourth-grade students who were behind grade level last year are now meeting or exceeding academic standards.  

When it comes to reading, 23% of students scored at or above the 25th percentile in reading. The majority of students are at or near grade level.

Reading isn't the only area students have shown progress. Data also indicates students are advancing in math. Third-grade students are in the 18th percentile in math, and fourth-graders are in the 30th percentile. The latest numbers suggest students are no longer on intensive educational support and are performing on grade level. 

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The I Promise School is possible due to James' generosity and its partnership with Akron Public Schools.

“It’s encouraging to see growth, but by no means are we out of the woods,” Keith Liechty, a coordinator in Akron Public School's Office of School Improvement, told The New York Times. “The goal is for these students to be at grade level, and we’re not there yet. This just tells us we’re going in the right direction.”

According to local news source Fox 8, the school's test scores increased at a higher rate than 99 out of 100 schools nationally.

"We welcome our students with hugs, high fives, smiles and this is done every day. And, when they get into the classroom they do an 'I promise circle' where they can reflect on their emotions and reflect on how they can be the best versions of themselves each day," principal Brandi Davis told Fox 8.

The year-round school provides educational and career services to children's parents, as well. Students receive, in addition to a world-class STEM-based education, after-school programs, breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

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