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 education system was at the forefront of the desegregation movement in the 1970s and more recently 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. Teach For America is working with school, community, political, and business leaders across Charlotte to change this.
Today, our teachers reach nearly 15,000 students in 40 schools across Charlotte. Nearly 300 Teach For America alumni call the city home, including 10 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 the more than 70,000 economically disadvantaged students in Charlotte receive educational opportunities that will put them on the path to success.