The school is a partnership involving the LeBron James Family Foundation, Akron Public Schools and dozens of other community organizations. It is for kids in first through eighth grades who are at risk in reading and in need of additional academic intervention before falling more behind. The principal is Brandi Davis, who has worked in Akron Public Schools for 18 years.

What

The I Promise School is public and part of Akron Public Schools. The curriculum aims to adopt the “We Are Family” philosophy of the LeBron James Family Foundation, infuse it with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and take into account the struggles and traumas in students’ lives to provide “social-emotional learning.”

Key distinctions of the school include:

■ More learning time. Kids in the I Promise School will have longer days and breaks distributed differently than others in the district.

■ Smaller class sizes and more focus on individual learning.

■ Lessons specifically in skills to promote social-emotional learning and twice daily “Be Best” circles for students.

■ A family resource center to provide support for students.

■ Weekly professional development for teachers.

Where

The school will be in a temporary home at 400 W. Market St. The building is a district-owned space used to temporarily house schools, as well as the permanent location for the district’s Paladina Health Clinic and Project GRAD. This summer, it’s been transformed by community partners to fit the school’s sleek, black-and-white color scheme, including classroom makeovers with new wall and locker decals, seats and custom-made student desks. The school’s permanent home is to be determined.

When

It will open Monday, July 30, to 240 third- and fourth-graders. By 2022-23, it will be a fully integrated school for kids in first through eighth grades.

Why

The school was proposed last April by LeBron James, who in December dubbed it “one of the most important things he’s done in his life.” It was developed so the foundation’s I Promise Network, which involves about 1,200 students across 46 schools in the district, could consolidate into one building.

“This city has done so much for us, and I guess at this point ... the least we could do is continue to give back ... and lay the blueprint for the kids and the generations that come after it,” James said when he proposed the school.

How

The school will replace the network, and funding the foundation uses for summer programming will be directed toward the school. Kids in the network who aren’t attending the school will continue until they graduate and the network phases out. New kids are chosen based on a lottery system.

— Theresa Cottom