The school will be open to 240 of Akron's underperforming students, chosen at lottery, between the third- and fourth-grades.
The school LeBron James helped build aims to let students from impoverished families learn for free.
I Promise School also offers a resource centre for parents who want to finish school; and it includes mentoring and job-search assistance for parents.
"My first year when I came here, I didn't believe that we could even compete for a championship and we took the Warriors to a Game 6 in my first year here, losing an All-Star point guard and an All-Star power forward in the same playoff run". Because of that, every student will receive a bicycle when they arrive at the school.
"We are going to be that groundbreaking school that will be a nationally recognized model for urban and public school excellence", I Promise principal and Akron native Brandi Davis said. He started off with a moving speech about how connected he feels to Akron, and why he chose to focus on opening a school to begin with. When people ask me why a school? "And when they walk through that door, I hope they know that someone cares". I know the trials and tribulations they go through. I know all the nightmares they have because I've been there.
James will be in attendance for the opening and he will have his first news conference as a Laker on Monday.
A few days before the school's opening, James, admitted he had the "jitters", calling it "one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life". I mean, the people in the stands reacted to that. And that's why we're doing this today. We want to create an environment of family where you want to always be around your family. It provides an opportunity and a pathway for the at-risk kids in Akron.
James continues to be an example for all professional athletes. By 2022, it will house grades one through eight and will have almost 1,000 students.
LeBron James is leaving home again and leaving behind something he says is more meaningful than any of his National Basketball Association championships. "And when you see something that's unjust, and you see something that's wrong, and you see something that's trying to divide us as a race or as a country, then I feel like my voice can be heard and speak volumes".