Located in northwest Houston inside "The Loop" of Interstate 610 that encircles the city's downtown, Houston Heights, or simply, the Heights, is a welcoming tree-lined neighborhood conveniently located near Houston's center. Corps members living in the Heights often share restored Victorian homes or live in one of the historic community's more recently constructed buildings. Independent business are the norm in this neighborhood, where corps members can frequently be found lesson-planning at their favorite local coffee shops, grabbing some boillios at a Mexican bakery, or shopping at a farmer’s market on the weekends.
When many people think of Texas, they imagine cowboys riding the range through a desert of tumbleweeds. While we're incredibly proud of our rodeo (it's the world's largest, after all), Houston has so much more to offer. The nation's fourth largest city, Houston is sprawling, diverse, and urbane. Demographically, it is one of the first American cities to become "all minority," in that no one racial or ethnic group constitutes more than 50% of the city's population. More than 90 languages are spoken within the city limits, and Houston has recently become the most ethnically diverse city in the nation. This tremendous diversity leads to an eclectic and vibrant culture evidenced in thousands of restaurants, hundreds of arts venues, and more parks and green space than any other major U.S. city.
With one of the youngest populations in the nation and the lowest cost of living of any large U.S. city, Houston is particularly well-suited for life as a young professional. Affordable apartments and homes in a variety of neighborhoods are available, and corps members have no trouble finding housing in a community that appeals to them.
Corps members in Houston teach in traditional and charter public elementary and secondary schools in the city proper and in outlying areas such as Spring Branch. Roughly one third of corps members teach in either KIPP or YES Prep schools, two public charter school networks for youth growing up in poverty founded by Teach For America - Houston alumni.
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English Language Learners
|At a school with another corps member or alumnus||95%|