About Charlotte-Piedmont Triad


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 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 first came to Charlotte in 2004. Today, around 170 corps members reach more than 11,000 students across Charlotte. More than 400 Teach For America alumni also call the city home, including 16 alumni serving as principals and assistant principals in high-poverty schools. 

Ten years after launching our Charlotte region, Teach For America and Guilford County Schools initiated a partnership wherein TFA corps members would be placed in some of the district’s highest needs schools. The cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and the High Point–which make up the Piedmont Triad–are widely known for their rich culture and heritage. Greensboro in particular has a strong legacy of student and community leadership rooted in the Civil Rights Movement, including the six courageous students who integrated Greensboro Schools in 1957 and the four who birthed the student-led sit-in movement in 1960. Yet, more than 50 years later, there are still glaring gaps in education opportunity according to race, zip code, and income bracket. 

Founded as Teach For America–Piedmont Triad in 2014, the region grew to include 40 corps members and more 20 schools partners during the 2017-2018 school year. Today, Teach For America continues to maintain a distinct presence in both Charlotte and the Piedmont Triad under the consolidated name Teach For America–Charlotte-Piedmont Triad. 

Together with thousands of families, educators, and community partners, we are working to ensure that economically disadvantaged students in both Charlotte and the Triad receive educational opportunities that will put them on the path to success.


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