When the class over-achiever at Capitol High discovers that her perfect GPA is suffering, she accuses the school’s most beloved teacher. This triggers an investigation, led by the new guidance counselor, that unearths years of school secrets.
On homecoming night, a tragedy strikes the students at Capitol High School. Two months earlier, principal Decost introduces longterm family friend and new guidance counselor Alana Maynor at the senior symposium. Straight-A student Hilary contests a grade from popular teacher Mr. Ridley, while Tyler lets Alana know just how little her influence is wanted or needed around Capitol High.
Smiley makes a joke that hits one of Alana's nerves, which results in her sharing a personal detail of her life with him. Mr. Ridley tries a new teaching method that results in Hilary protesting his class, while Alana follows up with mysterious Polly and realizes what she's been hiding. Meanwhile, Layla finds out what Liddy has been doing with Ozo.
After finally convincing Decost to agree to his website, Smiley brings Tyler, Brianna, Hilary, Layla, Liddy, and Ozo together to form The Alliance. Brianna makes plans without Tyler while Alana digs into Tyler's past. Smiley's gossip breaks up a couple. On homecoming night, Layla comforts a surprising ally.
Hilary tries to cover up a big mistake before it's too late. Tyler seeks out advice from Mr. Ridley while Layla confronts Ozo about his relationship to Liddy. Alana offers advice on letting go while learning just how narcissistic teenagers can be. Smiley shares a video with dire consequences.
Hilary must deal with the consequences when her video with very serious accusations against a teacher goes public. Everyone at Capitol High School seems to take a side when it comes to Mr. Ridley, resulting in conflict among both the students and faculty.
Alana heads the investigation into Mr. Ridley following Hilary's accusations. Tyler confronts Ozo in fear that Brianna may be cheating. Hilary and Smiley track down a student with similar claims about Mr. Ridley. Meanwhile, on the night of homecoming, Alana tries to get the truth of what happened from the students.
Alana questions Liddy about her relationship with Mr. Ridley. Tyler obsession with finding out who Brianna gave the shoes to deepens. Ozo follows Brianna to find out who her new boyfriend is, while Mr. Ridley is threatened into staying in a relationship he tries to end. Alana teams up with the students to expose the truth.
Smiley tries to get Brianna to admit the truth, which only pushes her further away. Ridley confronts Brianna about her subtleness, or lack of it, and the victim of the homecoming night shooting is finally revealed.
Tyler and Ozo make a plan to revenge the teacher they hate. Hilary receives devastating news and decides to take justice into her own hands; Brianna confronts Mr. Ridley after learning the truth. School politics become much more serious when the governor is concerned.
Tyler goes to any extreme in order to protect Brianna, while Brianna suffers the emotional and social consequences.
Mr. Ridley and principal Decost both face the repercussions of their actions when Alana finds out the truth.
When sketchy info about Tyler's past surfaces, Decost urges Alana not to explore it further.
Tyler meets with Alana and discusses Brianna's future, meanwhile Brianna appears pleased with a new purchase.
Smiley orients the key players to the Alliance, Alana deals with family matters, and Layla shares a private word with Brianna.
Despite Alana's stern warning against using school archives for personal purposes, Hilary bruskly make an irreversible decision in the heat of the moment.
Hilary wakes up to delete the video she hastily posted, Tyler confides in Mr. Ridley about his relationship troubles, and Layla gets nostalgic for the happy days with Liddy.
Layla confronts Ozo about selling weed to Liddy; next she goes to Alana for advice on her relationship, though it's apparent that she can't seem to think beyond herself.
During cheerleading practice, Tyler goes to slip something into Brianna's bag but stops when he's very pleased with what he sees. On the bleachers, Ozo refuses to sell weed to Liddy.
Hilary believes Smiley when he says he'll take down her video.
Tyler and Brianna appear to make peace, Liddy and Layla quarrel explosively, and Hilary goes viral.
Hilary faces hatred among the student body after everyone's seen her vlog on the Alliance site.
When Alana urges Principal Decost to allow an investigation into Mr. Ridley, Decost consents but maintains that the district can't know a thing.
Smiley admits to relying on his phone for protection, and Hilary and Liddy stand off about Mr. Ridley as Smiley looks on.
Hilary's crushed by the feeling of responsibility she has for everything that's going on, and Alana establishes the plan for an investigation into Mr. Ridley.