Alumni Survey & Snapshot

Alumni Survey & Snapshot


Our Alumni


Armed with a firsthand understanding of what it takes to help students fulfill their true potential, Teach For America’s alumni are leading and working across sectors to expand educational opportunity.



  1. Alumni numbers over time are rounded and approximate.
  2. All figures in this section reflect only data gathered from the FY17 alumni survey.
  3. 55-61% of our alumni teach in the year immediately following their two-year commitment.
  4. Miller, R. & Perera, R. / Teach For America (2015). Unsung Teaching: Teach For America Alumni Who Go Beyond the Two-Year Commitment.
  5. Defined as working directly in education, studying education full-time, or working in a job that impacts education and/or low-income communities.
  6. Self-reported role in education and/or studying education full-time as a graduate student.
  7. Variety of other roles, e.g. social services, arts, and those alumni without a current employment record.
  8. Figures rounded and estimated from alumni survey and other self-reported sources of information (e.g., via recent resume submissions or employment updates). A School System Leader is defined as a cabinet-level position that reports directly to the primary leader of a district, state or federal department of education, or Charter Management Organization of two or more campuses (including Superintendent or Executive Director/CEO), and/or a position that directly manages principals/heads of school (this does not include coaches). Statistics for Elected Officials and Policy, Advocacy, & Organizing Leaders provided by Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE). Figures include only LEE members. The majority of Elected Officials also hold other roles.
  9. This count reflects only the most established entrepreneurs in our pipeline (i.e. the final two stages of the 4 stage entrepreneurship pipeline process overall). There are over 1,000 social entrepreneurs currently in our pipeline.
  10. About 33% of alumni identify as people of color. Half of our corps members identify as people of color. As the diversity of our corps increases, the diversity of our alumni community increases as well. Diversity statistics are rounded to the nearest whole percentage, except for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian.