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Unusual A&E Series Embeds Young People in High School to Examine Teen Life in America

May 15, 2017  •  Post A Comment

A&E Network has an unusual docuseries in the works that takes an inside look at what goes on in the lives of U.S. teenagers at a public high school.

“The series will follow seven everyday young adults, all with personal motivations for participating, who are sent in by Topeka school officials for a semester at Highland Park High School — a mid-sized public school within a highly diverse school district,” A&E said in announcing the project today. “Participants immerse themselves to help the community and the country learn more about life as a public high school student.”

Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president and head of programming for A&E Network, said in the announcement: “Highland Park High School is emblematic of schools across America today. Through immersive content and unprecedented access, viewers return to high school for a unique look into life as an American teen today, a topic at the forefront of today’s cultural conversation. We are so grateful to the school officials, students and the parents for such personal access.”

Filming on the project took place during the spring 2017 semester. Additional details, including title and premiere date, will be announced soon.

The untitled series is produced for A&E Network by Learning Tree Productions, a subsidiary of Lucky 8 TV. Executive producers for Learning Tree are Gregory Henry, Kimberly Woodard, Jeff Grogan, Kelly McClurkin and Charlie Marquardt. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Holcman. Molly Ebinger serves as co-executive producer.

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