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High-Need Regions

As part of the Teach For America application process, you must select and rank 10 TFA regions where you want to teach. At least one of these must be a region we’ve designated as “high need.” Read more about this requirement and the five regions currently designated high need. 

Selecting High-Need Regions

Of the 51 regions where corps members work, there are some regions where the need for corps members is particularly high. While all regions offer rich opportunities and have a need for exceptional teachers, some regions dont always have the number of corps members they need to successfully work toward their goals. 

As a result, approximately five regions are designated “high-need” regions, and we work to place as many corps members in those regions as possible. These regions occasionally shift during the application season, as regions meet their specific needs.

Currently, the high-need regions are:

As you think about where you might like to teach if you’re accepted to Teach For America, we ask that you strongly consider one or more of these five regions. Note that when you submit your regional preference form after interviewing for the corps, at least one of the 10 regions you rank must be a high-need region. Learn more about the placement process.


Teach For America Buffalo is a network of more than 100 people who have started significantly expanding educational opportunities for students since its founding in 2014. Corps members are helping set high expectations for students’ academic and lifelong success in three key areas: English as a second language, special education, and bilingual Spanish education.

In addition to continuing their work as teachers, alumni in Buffalo also have become principals and district leaders, joined local nonprofits, and worked to found charter schoolsall moving to redefine what it means to get an excellent education in that city. Read our story, “Ahead in Buffalo Schools.”

Eastern North Carolina

Eastern North Carolina was one of Teach For America’s original sites in 1990, and the region holds strong relationships with families, educators, and community partners in this rural region. We work collectively to ensure that students in its many communities receive educational opportunities that will put them on the path to success.

As an integrated part of a thriving community, where Southern hospitality is a way of life, many corps members choose to live in or very close to the communities where they teach, which may be the city of Greenville or one of the many rural areas across the Northeastern part of the state. Living in the same town as their students allows corps members to engage with families outside of school through extracurricular involvements. As a rural region only an hour or two drive away from the larger cities, corps members experience a tight-knit community, with easy access to the amenities of the more urban Raleigh and Durham. 

Greater Delta: Arkansas & Mississippi

The Greater Delta is a place that will steal your heart with its generous atmosphere, friendly faces, and unforgettable landscapes. The close bonds you will form with students and neighbors, fellow educators, and school leaders, as well as staff and alumni, provide a unique and supportive environment for you to empower and illuminate student brilliance.

You will feel an unmatched connection to the Delta community, whether it’s through participating in a fun-run, enjoying barbecue or tamales, listening to homespun blues, or enjoying the outdoor attractions of the Mississippi River or numerous state parks. And remarkable leaders are truly helping Arkansas and Mississippi deliver on the promise of equal opportunity for all students. TFA corps members invest in their local communities and push themselves to lead rigorous and culturally responsive classrooms

Las Vegas

There is great opportunity, but also great need in Las Vegas. Today, more than half of students in Las Vegas and the surrounding area attend Title I schools and qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch—a proxy for poverty—that we know can be hard on students, families, and under-resourced schools. Nevada has the lowest percentage of children enrolled in early childhood programs in the country, and for the past few years has had the lowest or second-lowest high school graduation rate for African American, Latino, special education, and English language learner students in the nation. These factors have posed a serious threat to Nevada’s future.  

As a corps member, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know the close-knit and growing community, outside of the famous Las Vegas Strip area. You can join corps members, alumni, and school and business leaders at community dinners where people often build lasting friendships, or take part in live and virtual education town halls where challenging topics are discussed and resolved. Read more in “The Scrappy, Collective Effort in Las Vegas.”

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City’s revival has been born out of risk, resilience, and increasing diversity. Corps members join a multi-generational coalition writing the city’s next chapter through incredible collaboration.

With its low-cost of living and future civic endeavors underway, such as the creation of an innovation district, a 70-acre downtown park, and more, Oklahoma City is primed for tremendous growth well into the future. As a corps member, you’ll love the free teacher certification and leadership opportunities that expand into your alumnihood.

“Aside from the new experience of living in Oklahoma, I knew there was a great need for educators here. The movement for educational equity is being championed by passionate community leaders in OKC, but the fact remains that we need more people on the front lines in the classroom.”

Gretchen Heine
Elementary Teacher, Santa Fe South
Oklahoma City Corps Member 2016