About Charlotte

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 400 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.


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Education & Issues
September 23, 2016
Teach For America alum and current principal Archie Moss Jr. (Charlotte '11) sheds light on the importance of having black school leaders and how we can bring more of them into the fold.
One Day
June 9, 2016
For a generation, Charlotte was “the city that made busing work.” Then, as the city’s star rose, things changed. Can a community whose identity is rooted in progress diversify its schools?
Education & Issues
December 10, 2015
Ruth Mesfun (Charlotte ’12) shares why it’s imperative to shut down certain assumptions about computer science before we can get students interested in pursuing tech careers.
Students & Communities
November 17, 2015
A trio of Teach For America alumni now play an instrumental role in implementing an unconventional high school model that President Obama has called "a ticket to the middle class."

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