• One in every eight kids in this country goes to school in California, but it ranks as the 48th state in academic performance.

     

  • Teach For America corps members and alumni, alongside community members, are embracing the spirit of innovation so central to the region to create change.

About The Bay Area

The Bay Area is a beacon for innovation. Those who call it home pride themselves on thinking differently and exploring new frontiers. Yet not all Bay Area students are prepared to excel as the innovators of tomorrow. Some of them aren't even given a fighting chance. In San Francisco, only 14% of African American students finish high school on time, while in the South Bay, Palo Alto High School's graduation rate is 99.4%.

We see rays of hope in the hundreds of classrooms and dozens of schools in the Bay Area putting not just a few, but many of their students—most from low-income backgrounds—on a different academic path. These students will have a chance at a brighter future than their life circumstances might predict.

As we consider what it will take to provide all students in the Bay Area with a great education, we have resolved to focus our efforts over the next several years within four communities: San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Richmond.

We aim to better partner with our communities, helping to show what's possible when leadership, great ideas, hard work, and determination merge in a shared commitment to doing what's best for our youngest citizens. Only through a collaborative effort in each community will we have a chance to prove that transformational change in education is possible for the Bay Area. These communities will continue to light the way toward a bright and innovative future for all.

For the latest Bay Area update, read our fall/winter 2013 newsletter:

tfa_bay_area_newsletter_-_fall_2013.pdf

Connect With Us

22 4th Street 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel 415-659-0800
Fax 415-659-0850

Executive Director

Eric Scroggins
As the Bay Area’s executive director, Eric Scroggins leads a team of 50 and works to ensure the effectiveness of 410 corps members, establish our presence in the community, and build a broad and sustainable base of financial support.

Eric was a 2001 New York corps member and led his eighth grade students to outperform high school students on the New York State Regents exam. He joined TFA's staff as a program director in New York City and then as executive director in St. Louis. From 2006-09, Eric served as executive director in the Bay Area, where he helped build new partnerships and grow the Bay Area corps from 100 to more than 400 members. Most recently, Eric was executive vice president of TFA's Growth, Development, and Partnerships team. Eric graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University in St. Louis.

Regional Stats

1991
YEAR TFA ARRIVED
410
CORPS SIZE THIS YEAR
1,940
ALUMNI IN THE REGION
30,000
STUDENTS BEING REACHED
55
ALUMNI SCHOOL LEADERS
155
SCHOOLS WITH CORPS MEMBERS
Data valid as of: Aug 2013