Ernest Goes to School

Ernest Goes to School is a 1994 American comedy film directed and co-written by Coke Sams and starring Jim Varney. It is the seventh film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell, and the sixth film in the Ernest series. This is the only Ernest film to not be directed by John R. Cherry III. This was Will Sasso's feature film debut. Its opening theme is "Hail to the Muskrats!" which was the alma mater. The film received a limited theatrical release in Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky beginning on June 10, 1994. The film was released on video on December 14, 1994.


Ernest (Jim Varney) works as a janitor at Chickasaw Falls High School, which is facing closure due to the school board's decision to merge other schools in the area. There is also a new rule: All employees are required to have a high school diploma, which Ernest lacks due to an incomplete high school transcript. Ernest has two choices as a result: Resign or go through the twelfth grade. Ernest reluctantly decides to redo school and enters the student body, attending regular classes and performing usual student activities, but all not with a little catastrophe or predicament or distraction.