Ron Clark Academy - Things to know about this prominent Atlanta middle school

The Ron Clark Academy is a nonprofit middle school in Atlanta founded by innovative speaker and educator Ron Clark and Kim Bearden.

Clark, known for his high energy and outside-the-box approach to teaching low-income and other at-risk students, is in demand as an education speaker. He has also attracted the attention of celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, former President Barack Obama and Atlanta musician Ludacris.

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The school has made a name for itself through viral videos such as their 2016 video dance to the "Bet You Can't Do It Like Me Challenge" by hip hop artist DLOW.

Credit: Bob Andres

Credit: Bob Andres

The most common photos and videos of Ron Clark include his habit of jumping onto desks as he makes a point in class or in a presentation.

Ahead of the Atlanta Super Bowl, Clark and his students made a video with musician Ludacris to welcome visitors to Atlanta.

Located in a renovated brick warehouse building on Margaret Street southeast of downtown Atlanta, the Ron Clark Academy serves students in grades 5-8. Tuition is  $18,000 per year, but an AJC article said only a handful of families pay that because of donations and scholarships supported by the money the school generates from teacher training visits.


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Photos: Atlanta's Ron Clark Academy

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