The first school in the movie that 'Dizzy/ Gil' (DJ Qualls) gets kicked out of was shot at W. Charles Akins High School. At the time, half of the school was unoccupied as it had just been opened and only had 9th and 10th graders. The marquee outside of the school was replaced to show the name of the film's high school which, combined with the newness of the school, created confusion for parents and buses trying to actually drop off their students.
The leaves on the trees outside of the first high school in the film were added by the crew. Due to the fall-time weather and the fact that the high school (where the filming took place) had just opened and had little landscaping, the director needed the trees to be buffed up.
The counselor's office in the first high school was the only room that did not actually exist in the first high school that 'Dizzy/ Gil' attends. The office was constructed in the foyer of the high school due to space constraints in the actually administrative offices of the existing high school.
Students at W. Charles Akins High School were not allowed to be extras in the film despite the fact that the film was partially shot there. This was because extras were required to be at least 18 years old, and at the time Akins' only had 9th and 10th grade students. However, several teachers and staff of Akins High School got to be extras.