1998. Ron Clark, still relatively early in his career, leaves his stable life teaching at an elementary school in his suburban North Carolina hometown, the school where he is appreciated by both his fellow teachers and his students for his innovative teaching methods which results in raising test scores. Instead, he decides to look for a teaching job at a tough New York inner city school where he feels he can be more useful. He eventually finds a job at Inner Harlem Elementary School, where the students are segregated according to their potential. As Clark is white and "nice" looking, Principal Turner wants to assign him to the honors class, especially as Turner's job security depends on good test scores. Clark, however, wants to take the most disadvantaged class. He quickly learns that it will be a battle of wills between himself and his disruptive students to see who can outlast the other. But he also learns that he has to understand them, both individually and collectively, on ...
No one believed in them. Except him.
Did You Know?
Ernie Hudson, who plays Principal Turner, also played a school principal in the 1996 film The Substitute
(1996). See more
President Chester A. Arthur's name was misspelled as "Chester Alan Arther" on the board listing the names of the Presidents. See more
You got a job!
Inner Harlem elementary. I'm gonna start meeting my kids tomorrow.
You might wanna hold on to this. It may be your last meal.
Nah. They're gonna love me.
References According to Jim
The Presidents' Rap
Performed by Matthew Perry and the School Children See more