It has been about a year since LeBron James has opened up his I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, OH. With a year under their belt, students have shown a significant increase when it comes to their test scores.
According to the New York Times, LeBron expressed how proud he is of the students and said, “These kids are doing an unbelievable job, better than we all expected. When we first started, people knew I was opening a school for kids. Now people are going to really understand the lack of education they had before they came to our school. People are going to finally understand what goes on behind our doors.”
When it comes to the test scores both third graders and fourth graders initially scored in the lowest or first percentile. Now third graders have moved on up to the ninth percentile and fourth graders have moved to the 16th. When it comes to the math scores, third graders have moved from the lowest percentile to the 18th, and fourth graders moved from the second percentile to the 30th.
Brandi Davis, the school’s principal also added, “We are reigniting dreams that were extinguished — already in third and fourth grade. We want to change the face of urban education.”