"Dream School" Season 2 on Sundance Channel is a reality series, executive produced by creator and chef Jamie Oliver and multi-platinum award-winning musician and entrepreneur Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, that is based on the successful and acclaimed UK series "Jamie's Dream School."

What would happen if the kids who were the hardest to reach in conventional school, instead attended a place of learning where the educators were achievers and leaders — many of whom have become household names? In this series, classes are taught by professionals from the top of their fields — and the faculty includes professional musicians, politicians, filmmakers, scientists, actors and artists.

The series creates a place for troubled teenagers to be inspired to turn their lives around. Homeless, privileged, neglected or bullied; the kids on this show all have one thing in common — they are dropouts. High school dropouts are four times as likely to be unemployed as those who have completed four years of college, they are more likely to apply for public assistance and they comprise a disproportionate percentage of the nation's prison and death row inmates. 82% of prisoners in America are high school dropouts.

Now Sundance Channel is giving them a once in a lifetime chance to start over. Overcoming past failures and future obstacles will prove to be no easy task for both the students and teachers in this series, which is an ambitious project where the best and the brightest in our culture teach kids that have been falling through the cracks.

The students, ages 17-18, who have either been expelled or dropped out of the conventional school system, will feel what it's like to float in space when their science lesson is taught at the California Science Center by Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut in space. Homeroom teacher and drama coach David Arquette will lead self-confidence exercises and teach the craft of acting, while famed choreographer Doriana Sanchez helps the students get over their inhibitions by encouraging a "silent disco" in a public mall. Music class will be a trip to the recording studio with music impresario Swizz Beatz, who's worked with some of the industry's biggest stars, including Jay-Z and Bono. Third generation ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau will teach the laws of physics and buoyancy first-hand in a water bottle regatta in a pool. Plus, the students learn that it's never too early to start getting their finances in order by taking an economic course taught by none other than financial expert Suze Orman.

Will these professionals succeed in their educational experiment to help put the troubled teens on the right track? Or will they get schooled by a group of students who are unimpressed and unwilling to follow even basic school rules?

Season 2

This season's dream team of instructors includes chef and restaurateur David Chang, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, Emmy award-winning screenwriter and director Cliff Dorfman ("Entourage"), survival expert Les Stroud, journalists Young Turks (Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian), financial educator Alvin Hall, fitness instructor Nicole Winhoffer, Historian David Eisenbach, Rabbi Shmuel "Shmuley" Boteach (author of "Kosher Jesus" and "Kosher Sex"), actor Dean Winters, and lawyer and rights activist Gloria Allred.

"Dream School" is produced by Fresh One Productions, the production company which Jamie Oliver launched, and its executive producer Roy Ackerman. The show is also produced by G-Unit Films and Television, the production company launched by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, with Jackson and his producing partner Andrew Jameson serving as executive producers. Jonathan Grosskopf will executive produce for Sundance Channel. The series format was created by Jamie Oliver.


Network: Sundance Channel
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: October 7, 2013
Seasons: 2
Production Companies:
Fresh One Productions
G-Unit Films and Television

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