Manny Cortez has scrimped and saved to buy a two-bedroom home for his family, wife, Teresa, and daughters Selena, 14, and Gabriela, 12, so that the girls can attend Westbrook High where his beloved late father was the football coach. No sooner does the Cortez family move into the suburban school district, than the local school board announces that Westbrook High will close at the end of the year and be consolidated into a new, "super-school" to save money. Charismatic English literature teacher Elijah Bennett leads the staff, including devoted drama teacher Doris Howell, history teacher Sara Davies, chemistry teacher Boomer Joseph and Assistant Principal Robert Melville. They soon meet the new principal, Dr. Christine Walker, who has very different views on education and the value of protesting the school board's decision. In the end, they all learn a lesson about family, community, finding a place where you truly belong and uniting to fight for the right cause.