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W&L Among Top Teach for America Producers for Third Straight Year

— by on October 12th, 2015

For the third consecutive year, Washington and Lee has made the list of the top 20 small colleges and universities (2,999 or fewer undergraduates) sending the most graduates to Teach for America. Only 15 percent of this year’s 44,000 applicants to Teach for America from schools across the country were admitted to the program.

During the past three years, 35 graduating W&L seniors have joined Teach for America and 21 are currently members in their first or second year of teaching through the program. A further 68 Generals are Teach for America alumni.

Nationally, more than two thirds of the organization’s teachers continue in the classroom for a third year after their corps commitment. While there are no figures available specifically on W&L students, some have gone on to teach in low income communities across the country, including Baltimore; Houston; New York; Atlanta; and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Founded in 1990, Teach for America recruits and develops a diverse group of outstanding individuals from all academic disciplines to spend two years teaching in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity.