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The Ron Clark Academy

Watch This Is Atlanta on PBA30, Atlanta's PBS StationThree women have had a great influence on Ron Clark’s life. His mother helped make him a teacher. Oprah made him famous. And Kim Bearden made him an Atlantan.

As Disney’s American Teacher of the Year in 2001, Ron’s successes as an educator have been well documented, not only on the Oprah Winfrey Show, but also in his book The Essential 55. "Friends" star Matthew Perry even portrayed him in a biopic. But when Ron struck up a friendship with another award-winning teacher, metro Atlanta native Kim Bearden, it quickly became apparent that their concept of a “dream school” could only take shape in one city.

Atlanta became home to the Ron Clark Academy in 2007. Combining state-of-the-art facilities, innovative instruction, and creative, dynamic teachers, the Academy offers a world-class education to not only inner-city kids, but also to visiting teachers from around the world. Educators learn new methods as kids from all ability levels and economic backgrounds get a one-of-a-kind school experience.

And, the learning experience extends beyond the brightly-colored walls of the Academy; before the students leave the school in eighth grade, they will pursue a global education that takes them to six of the seven continents.

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