• The graduation rate for African American and Latino students growing up in Sacramento lag at 58% and 63% respectively compared to 78% of their white peers.

  • Working in the capital of California, corps members, alumni, and community leaders in Sacramento are uniquely positioned to cultivate excellence that can lead to state-wide policy change.

About Sacramento

Sacramento, as the capital of California, should be setting the bar for educational success for all students. Yet just 41% of children living in poverty in Sacramento scored proficient or higher on their math state standardized tests, compared to 74% of their more affluent peers. In science, the statistics are similarly disheartening—just 47% of low-income kids scored proficient or higher, compared to 77% of their wealthier neighbors.

Teach for America in Sacramento successfully completed its first year of operations in June 2013. We were thrilled to partner with community members and leaders across the city to change the dynamic for students growing up here. In our first year, Teach For America - Sacramento placed 16 talented, committed individuals in schools across four districts. In the summer of 2013, we tripled our corps size, by welcoming 30 additional teachers. In 2014, we expect to bring 40 more teachers to the region. This will allow for significant impact, giving Teach For America the unique opportunity to play a key role in closing the opportunity gap in the Sacramento region. With nearly half of our teachers hailing from the Sacramento area, we believe we are well-positioned to help foster a culture of excellence that will shift educational outcomes for our students both in the city and across the state.

Teach For America has been active in California since 1990, and Los Angeles and the Bay Area have grown into two of our largest regions in the nation. However,  there is much more we can do.  California schools educate one out of every eight kids in the United States, and it’s critical for us to work closely with local partners to expand educational opportunities for students in Sacramento and beyond.

Connect With Us

3400 3rd Ave
Sacramento, CA 95817
Tel (916) 661-3602
Fax (916) 739-1597

Executive Director

Nikolas Howard
Nikolas assumed his role as the founding executive director of our Sacramento region with the vision of helping create equal educational opportunity in the state capital.

Nik joined Teach For America in 2003 as a middle school special education teacher in Philadelphia. During his time there he created his school’s first special education inclusion program and collaborated with colleagues to help all special needs students grow by at least 1.5 grade levels in reading and math in just one school year. Nik then joined Teach For America staff as a manager of teacher leadership development in New York and later Los Angeles. He has also been a part of the Inner City Education Foundation as a U.S. history teacher and assistant principal at View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter Middle School in Los Angeles.  Nik assumed leadership of the school and in four years, he and his dedicated teachers and students collectively raised the school’s Academic Performance Index (API) from 746 to 822. Later he served as the founding director of the Sacramento READS! Literacy by Third Grade campaign.
Nik is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo and holds master’s degrees from the University of Oregon and St. Joseph’s University. He is married with two daughters who inspire his work to ensure all children have the opportunity to attend excellent public schools.

Regional Stats

Year TFA Arrived
Alumni in the Region
Data valid as of: Aug 2014