• Only 54% of Hispanic and African American students in South Carolina graduate from high school, and more rural “dropout factories” exist here than in any other state in the country.

  • In Teach For America’s second year in the region, we are already working with communities to improve education for over 7,000 students in low-income communities.

About South Carolina

South Carolina is known for its natural beauty and rich culture. Unfortunately, the state is also known for something else: one of the lowest rural high school graduation rates in the country. A John Hopkins University study found that South Carolina had more rural schools on its list of “dropout factories” than any other state in the nation.

Many of our partner schools are located in rural communities in the Pee Dee and Orangeburg along Interstate 95, where corps members are uniquely positioned to provide our students with the opportunities they deserve. We also place teachers in some of the highest-need schools in the Lowcountry including partnering with school districts in Charleston, Colleton, and Berkeley Counties. Students growing up in low-income communities do not often have the chance to fulfill their potential. Teach For America corps members work collaboratively with students, parents, and community members to provide an avenue for academic achievement.

The opportunities for education reform in the state are tremendous, and our corps members are stepping into the region at an especially exciting time of growth and expansion. Teach For America came to South Carolina in 2011 with 30 charter corps members and 60 alumni working in the state in education and other sectors.  Since our inception, we’ve grown to nearly 200 corps members. The districts in our state are enthusiastic for improvements in education and we expect to see the size of our corps and the amount of students we are impacting continue to grow in the coming years. We also seek to grow our network of partner organizations throughout the state so that we will see the day when, regardless of background, all of South Carolina’s students have the opportunity to excel.

Connect With Us

1807 Cherokee Road Suite 101
Florence, SC 29501
Tel 843-432-4600 ext 61102
Fax 843-661-5882

Executive Director

Josh Bell
A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Josh joined Teach For America in 2008 after graduating from Clemson University.

As a Charlotte corps member, he led his seventh and eighth graders to improve more than 1.5 grade levels in reading each year, and 60% of them gained admission to a selective magnet high school program. After the corps, Josh worked as a Teach For America recruitment director at the University of Georgia and Clemson University. He feels proud that we offer our nation’s next generation of leaders the opportunity to make an impact on South Carolina’s students.

Regional Stats

2011
YEAR TFA ARRIVED
30
CORPS SIZE THE FIRST YEAR
115
Incoming Corps Size this Year
225
TOTAL CORPS SIZE THIS YEAR
170
Alumni in Region
60%
Percent of ALUMNI IN EDUCATION
Data valid as of: Aug 2014