A six-part series that gives audiences unprecedented access into the world of today's teenagers. Producers put 50 remote-controlled cameras in a typical secondary school - and let them run for eight weeks. South Kamloops Secondary School, in Kamloops BC, has over 1000 students, grades 8 through 12. During April and May of this year, staff, teachers, students and their parents agreed to allow video recording of whatever happened inside classrooms, hallways and the offices of vice principals and counsellors. It wasn't long before students and adults forgot the cameras were rolling. Producers (in a control room trailer outside) got a candid - and often surprising - look at how teens really interact with friends and teachers. Stories began to emerge that touched upon many of the issues faced by adolescents growing up in a world saturated by social media: internet bullying, self-image, fitting in, identity, anxiety attacks, anger management, the pressure to excel, the desire to drop out, autism, nerds, popular girls and 8th grade boys who can't resist testing their boundaries. The series looks at the incredible work from the tireless teaching staff and the lives of the students. School is more than just academics. It's about preparing emerging adults to survive in an ever-changing world. The commitment and caring that many of these adults bring to their students' lives is both inspiring - and heartwarming.
In the season premiere, Grade 8 student Dusan begins to test his boundaries within the newfound freedom of high school. In one week, he ditches school and lies about it, releases a stink bomb in class, and claims he has a taser for sale. After multiple detentions don’t work, Vice Principal Blake Buemann must find an alternative way to connect with Dusan. Last year, Grade 9 students Maddy and Veronica were best friends, but this year Veronica is hanging out with the popular girls—and Maddy isn’t. Underlying resentments boil to the surface when a rumour triggers a firestorm of social media insults and bullying, jeopardizing the girls' changing friendship. Now, school counsellors Susan Dumbrell and Susan Lidster must untangle what happened and work with the students to move forward.
Star student Janell attempts to juggle tough classes and extra-curriculars. Two teachers try to keep a promising student from dropping out of school.
When Harry makes a scene in class to demand attention from his math teacher Mr. Sandhu, the Grade 11 student gets a reality check.
Austin, a bright student on the Autism spectrum, struggles to put feelings into words when given a difficult assignment. Meanwhile, a Grade 11 student confronts her anxiety.
An eccentric new student with dreams of becoming an FBI agent struggles to fit in. Meanwhile, a bright student's grades begin to drop when he chooses popularity over homework.
A student with dreams of organizing sports events for First Nations kids struggles to pass the class she needs to graduate. Plus, two top students compete for valedictorian.