AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Before there was a brick-and-mortar school, there was the "I Promise," program, spearheaded by the LeBron James Family Foundation in 2015.
The program promised Akron Area students who qualified and met certain guidelines a fully paid college education at the University of Akron.
Today, that promise was fulfilled when James' foundation and Akron Public Schools, opened its doors for the inaugural class on Monday.
The school will first host 240 third and fourth grade students, but will expand to students in first through eighth grades by the year 2022.
The school's corridor features a grand staircase surrounded by messages of inspiration and motivation.
Before the school opened, students from area schools volunteered their time to clean and set up the school before its official debut.
A unique statue has been installed outside of the I Promise School. It has been named the "Tree of Life."
James will be in town for the grand opening ceremony on Monday afternoon.
It will be his first public appearance in Northeast Ohio since he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2018 NBA offseason.
During a press conference Monday, James indicated he was open to the idea of returning to Cleveland in the coming years.