Positioned between the Appalachian Mountains to the west and the Carolina coast to the east, Charlotte attracts a wide variety of residents and industry. The city’s center city, Uptown, is home to an arts district, banking and financial centers and professional and minor league sports franchises. The city’s education system was at the forefront of the desegregation movement in the 1970s and won the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education in 2011. Despite this, there is still a stark disparity in educational opportunities between low-income students and their more affluent peers. Within a few miles of the prospering business districts of downtown, there are schools where only one third of students are on grade level in reading and math.
Today, our teachers reach nearly 12,000 students in over 30 schools across Charlotte. More than 300 Teach For America alumni call the city home, including 16 alumni serving as principals and assistant principals in high-poverty schools. Together with thousands of families, educators, and community partners, we are working to ensure that economically disadvantaged students in Charlotte receive educational opportunities that will put them on the path to success.