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American High School

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Introspective docu examines race, poverty, and high school.

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This insightful docuseries offers an inside look into what life is like for black students in a public school system that's become increasingly segregated over time. It highlights many of the challenges that some of these students face, including living in a systemic cycle of poverty, a lack of emotional support, and coping with the underlying prejudice they must face every day.

Watching these students experience rites of passage like taking national tests, worrying about college acceptances, dating, and attending prom is standard documentary fare. But some scenes feel more voyeuristic than others, especially when cameras record conversations between Principal Peters and struggling students. Nonetheless, American High School offers a compelling look at what life is like coming of age in a predominantly black public high school.

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