Known as the home of Yale University and the legendary Pepe's brick oven pizza, New Haven is a city rich in history and culture. A vibrant and diverse city, New Haven hosts numerous unique events throughout the year, from festivals on the Green to exhibits at the many local museums to a variety of Yale-related activities. New Haven's eclectic food scene is equally exciting, with delicious options ranging from Turkish to Indian to, of course, some of the best pizza you may ever eat. Corps members living in New Haven think of their new home as a small city with big city offerings, and enjoy its multi-faceted culture, affordable housing options, and proximity to the schools in which they teach.
Stamford Academy, a Teach For America placement partner, was opened in 2004 for students in grades 9-12 who who had largely been written off by the community as unwilling or unable to succeed. Many struggled in traditional school environments or dropped out of their previous school. At Stamford Academy, these young people have been proving their naysayers wrong.
Stamford Academy offers an intensive academic program that allows students to catch up on instruction they’ve missed so they are prepared for post-secondary education, training, or the skilled workforce upon graduation. Students come to the school performing, on average, four and five grades below level, and some are reading as many as eight grades below level. But given the right supportive educational environment, these students are able to focus on their studies and believe in their abilities.
Stamford Academy has seen increasing success in the post-secondary acceptance rates of its graduating seniors. During the 2008-2009 school year, 23 percent of seniors at Stamford Academy graduated with post-secondary acceptance, whether to college, technical school, or community college. That figure rose to 58 percent for the 2009-2010 school year, and again rose significantly to 92 percent for the class of 2011. The life trajectories of students attending Stamford Academy have radically and positively changed course in just three years.
TFA-Connecticut corps members take certification courses through Johns Hopkins University. Certification coursework costs approximately $6,000. The majority of this cost can be covered by the AmeriCorps money that most corps members receive.
Corps members have the option of pursuing a Master of Science in Education degree through our partnership with Johns Hopkins University, as well. The master’s program can be completed during the 2-year corps commitment. The eight credits of JHU certification coursework that corps members earn during year one counts toward the master’s degree. The approximate cost of the JHU master’s program is $23,000. The out of pocket cost can be reduced to approximately $12,000 by using AmeriCorps grant money.