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.
Get to Know Stamford Academy
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.
Subjects And Grade Levels
- Social Studies
- General Science
Teach For America - Connecticut is a state approved alternate route to certification with the ability to certify teachers in elementary (K-6) and secondary subject areas. Connecticut corps members earn their initial educator certification, the first tier in Connecticut's nationally recognized certification structure, after one year of teaching under the resident teacher certificate with successful completion of Teach For America's training and required certification assignments and coursework with our university partner, Buena Vista University.
Due to certification timelines, all corps members must take the PRAXIS II subject-specific test(s) that apply to their teaching placement before induction begins in June. Once accepted, applicants assigned to Connecticut will receive a welcome packet with detailed information regarding regional requirements, options for financial assistance, and the intricate support structure of the region. Our unique partnership with Buena Vista University offers corps members the opportunity to complete a master's degree within their two-year commitment.