Work begins on the transformation of John McDonogh High School in New Orleans in the premiere of this documentary series chronicling the revival of the school, which has been plagued by violence and failing academics.
The students adjust to life at the new school while dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.
Principal Thompson deals with teachers who are upset about disciplinary problems at the school.
The school's homecoming celebration is tempered by the community's growing resistance to the charter organization.
The faculty members react after one of their students is involved in a shooting. Elsewhere, a motivational speaker talks with the kids about their futures.
The faculty try to help a suicidal student. Meanwhile, the fervor of anticharter activists reaches a new high.