• Maryland regularly ranks at the top of the list nationwide in education, but the educational opportunities in Baltimore don't keep pace with those of more affluent nearby counties.

  • With community and district support, Baltimore is maintaining a steady presence of corps members and retaining them as alumni—creating a pipeline of leaders who will bring lasting change for the city’s students.

About Baltimore

Baltimore draws much of its character and potential from the strength of its neighborhood communities, but great disparity exists from one neighborhood to the next. In Baltimore City and Baltimore County, the neighborhood where a child is born too often dictates his or her academic destiny and access to life opportunities. Based on the most recent Maryland School Assessment (MSA) data, only 62% of Baltimore City eighth graders are proficient in reading and just 38% are proficient in math compared to 91% and 82%, respectively, in Howard County. For the past five years, Newsweek, Education Week, and the College Board have ranked Maryland as the number one state in the country for education. At the same time, 34% of Baltimore City students fail to graduate from high school and less than 6% will graduate from college.

Teach For America’s deep investment in Baltimore has shown that great leaders in classrooms, schools, and systems have the potential to significantly shift academic trajectories and life opportunities for Baltimore’s young people. We are heartened by the recent progress in schools—enrollment, graduation rates, and standardized test scores have all improved over the past five years. Baltimore is truly on the cusp of change with the recent passage of school construction legislation, providing approximately $1 billion in funding for school renovations to ensure that facilities are conducive to high levels of student learning. Outside of schools, Baltimore is growing rapidly in edtech innovations and community organizing. We remain acutely aware, however, that Teach For America must continue our efforts to ensure that all students in Maryland have access to an excellent public education.

 

Connect With Us

Baltimore
2601 N. Howard St., Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21218
Tel (410) 662-7700
Fax (410) 662-1746

Executive Director

Courtney Cass
Courtney Cass joined Teach For America's New York corps in 2000 after graduating from Columbia University.

She taught second grade in Washington Heights for three years where she ran an after-school storytelling program. Intent on a career in education law, Courtney attended the University of Virginia Law School and then served as a clerk in Baltimore. In 2008, Courtney felt she could have a more immediate impact by joining Teach For America's staff as Baltimore's director of district strategy. In 2010, she became the executive director, leading the region's extraordinary growth.

Regional Stats

1992
YEAR TFA ARRIVED
300
CORPS SIZE THIS YEAR
760
ALUMNI IN THE REGION
78%
PERCENT OF ALUMNI IN EDUCATION
15
ALUMNI SCHOOL LEADERS
60
CORPS SIZE THE FIRST YEAR
Data valid as of: Aug 2014