As part of the Teach For America application process, you must select and rank 10 TFA regions where you want to teach. We strongly encourage you to consider ranking 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 50 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 don’t always have the number of corps members they need to successfully work toward their goals.
As a result, approximately four to 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 regions. Learn more about the placement process.
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.
Tulsa’s metro area is home to just under 1 million people. Named one of the most liveable cities in the United States, Tulsa has all the perks of a big city—professional sports, major concert venues, museums and other cultural institutions—while still maintaining a strong sense of community.
The Greater Tulsa region is a leader in early childhood education, dedicated to giving young students the foundational skills and knowledge for a strong start. But with budget shortfalls throughout the state, along with severe teacher shortages, many Tulsa students lack access to high-quality schools. Tulsa corps members have access to city and state leaders who can help make change in our community.
Kansas City is known for its barbecue—and also a first Friday art event that takes place each month in the city’s Crossroads District, attracting thousands of residents. This heartland city is home to hundreds of fountains, as well as several colleges and universities.
Teach For America Kansas City was founded in 2008, and since then, corps members and alumni have embraced the possibility of educational reform, partnering with the Kansas City Public School District, as well as charter schools throughout the metro area. Seventy percent of corps members in the region go on to teach a third year; alumni also go on to lead educational policy, work for nonprofits, and become school leaders.
With increasing momentum behind the movement to ensure educational equity for all, Memphis is a city full of promise. Yet only 31 percent of the city's kindergartners are reading on grade level and only 6 percent of high school students are graduating college-ready. These statistics serve as reminders that students need a systemic solution to improve the city's current state of education.
Though inequities persist, countless signs of progress in Memphis in recent years have given community members and students hope. Local foundations in the area have dubbed the city “Teacher Town, USA” and Teach For America Memphis is always among the state’s top teacher-preparation program on the State Report Card. As a corps member in Memphis, you'll join a committed group of leaders who are ready to help the city push forward.
South Carolina has something to offer everyone and, thanks to its desirable weather and substantial sense of opportunity, it has become one of our country’s top 10 fastest growing states. The beauty of its beaches, lakes, and mountains makes outdoor recreation one of its strongest industries. But, the state is also in the midst of a teacher shortage crisis. The shortage is compounded in the state’s rural counties, including Low Country, Midlands, and the Pee Dee regions where corps members work.
With challenge comes opportunity—South Carolinians know the state needs to do better for its students and communities. Teach For America South Carolina is proud to work alongside a community of dedicated partners committed to an equitable future. As a South Carolina corps member, you’ll join a thriving network of diverse leaders and have access to unique benefits, like being part of a close-knit community and a low cost of living.