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July 2018, LeBron James opened the "I Promise" school for kids at risk. The Typical Student team previously told about that in 240 At-Risk US Students Get a Chance to Study at LeBron James New I PROMISE School in Ohio. While most students at the "I Promise" school had been declared "irredeemable" due to their behavioral issues or background. Believe it or not, the latest test scores have proved those kids aren't hopeless at all. In fact, they just needed a little attention.
How is LeBron's School Taking Care Of Problem Kids?
Currently, about 240 students are studying in the "I Promise" school, all of these students are in the 3rd or 4th grade. The school mostly gets state funding, but also receives an extra $600,000 from the LeBron James Foundation. Thanks to the extra funding, the educational facility has been equipped with a free food pantry open to both students and their families. In the "I Promise" school, parents have the opportunity of being educated alongside their kids thanks to GED-testing program. Also, there's a counseling center providing trauma, health, and legal resources for the families.
"Extraordinary" Test Scores
As told by FoxNews, the recent students' test scores have been dubbed "extraordinary." The Measures of Academic Progress results showed that 90% of the students in the "I Promise" school have "met or exceeded" the goals in reading and math. Also, the students have surpassed their counterparts in the Akron school district!
The New York Times reported on the testing scores:
“The 90 percent of I Promise students who met their goals exceeded the 70 percent of students districtwide and scored in the 99th growth percentile of the evaluation association’s school norms, which the district said showed that students’ test scores increased at a higher rate than 99 out of 100 schools nationally.”
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