• In Philadelphia, only 64% of high school students graduate in four years. 

  • Each year, our corps members teach some of Philadelphia's most underserved students - and learn an incredible amount from them as well.

About Greater Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the birthplace of our nation’s democracy and boasts a history of momentous events and admirable leaders. Yet despite centuries of innovation and progress in the city, there is still much work to be done. In the School District of Philadelphia, fewer than 1 in 5 students graduates, enrolls in college, and persists even into their second college year.  It is clear that not all of Philadelphia’s students are getting the education and opportunities they deserve.

Since 2003, Teach For America has been working in partnership with schools and community members across Philadelphia to change this reality. Each day, more than 150 corps members strive to be transformational teachers and leaders for the students of Philadelphia. They work together with colleagues, parents, principals, and entire neighborhoods to improve outcomes for our kids.

Our alumni are continuing to bring about change from the classroom to the systems level - from LeAndrea Baltimore-Hagan (Greater Philadelphia ’03), a teacher leader at Morton Elementary, to Marc Mannella (Baltimore ‘98), the CEO of the expanding KIPP Philadelphia Charter Schools, to Elaine Leigh (Greater Philadelphia ‘08), a founding board member of PhilaSoup - an organization that funds classroom projects and builds teacher networks - to Alejandro Gac-Artigas (Greater Philadelphia ’09), who founded Springboard Collaborative in an effort to increase literacy enrichment opportunities.

We have so many reasons to believe that Philadelphia can live up to its place in history by helping our citizens fulfill the promise of the American dream. We won’t stop working until that becomes our reality.


Connect With Us

100 West Oxford Street, Suite E-3000
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Tel (215) 592-9260
Fax (215) 425-9265

Executive Director

Charles Barrett Adams
Charles Barrett Adams
Prior to joining Teach for America, Charles Barrett Adams served as Head of School at the SEED Public Charter School of Washington DC.

In this role he provided outstanding leadership both programmatically and within the culture of the school delivering direct impact on the success of students. Prior to joining SEED, Charles served as a principal for 3 years and in various other education leadership roles of increasing responsibility over his career, including teaching.  Charles earned his B.S. in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and has family and friends throughout the Greater Philadelphia community.  In addition to the B.S., Charles holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Howard University School of Law and a Master’s in Education from Baruch College-City University of New York.  Possibly as important as his academic credentials is the fact that he began his career as an educator via Public Allies DC as an AmeriCorps member.  As the Greater Philadelphia region leader Charles has demonstrated in many ways that he lives by our core values and is deeply convicted to our One Day vision.

Regional Stats

Year TFA Arrived
Corps Size The First Year
Corps Size This Year
Alumni In The Region
Percent of Alumni in Education
Data valid as of: Aug 2014