August 03, 2012 9:56am PT by Lesley Goldberg
TLC Orders 'High School Moms' Series
TLC is looking for a piece of the Teen Mom pie.
The cable network home to 19 Kids and Counting and Virgin Diaries has ordered six episodes of High School Moms.
The six-part series will explore life at Denver's Florence Crittenton High School, following teenagers as they balance homework and pregnancy. The series, which hails from TLC and Discovery Fit & Health and Rize USA, will launch Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. on TLC, with an encore set for Aug. 16 on Discovery Fit.
The Denver high school features nursing facilities and an on-site day care center in a bid to boost the national teen mom graduation rate from 40 percent.
Teen Mom has proved a lucrative franchise for MTV, spawning a third version of the series, which itself is a spinoff from 16 and Pregnant. The two previous Teen Mom incarnations have netted multiple series, with 16 and Pregnant recently wrapping its third season, with teens from the respective series frequently becoming tabloid fodder.