Opportunity Culture Dashboard

There are currently 65 Opportunity Culture sites in 12 states across the U.S.*

Sites range from districts with just a few schools to the nation’s third-largest school district, and include school districts as well as charter school networks. Learn more about participating sites here.

*When we reported the spring 2022–23 update, we reported 60 sites in 11 states

Opportunity Culture sites can be found in the following states:

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Arkansas

North Little Rock School District began using Opportunity Culture models in 2017–18 as a pilot for the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE)’s statewide initiative to reach all students with excellent, personalized teaching. The ADE is continuing to expand the Opportunity Culture initiative to more districts, include:

Arizona

Maricopa County: Arizona’s Office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent helped Phoenix-area districts implement Opportunity Culture models beginning in 2016–17. Participating districts in Arizona include:

  • Maricopa Regional School District #509
  • Nadaburg Unified School District #81
  • Phoenix Elementary School District #1
  • Valentine Elementary School District #22

California

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District: This northern California school district began designing its Opportunity Culture models in 2023, for implementation in the 2024–25 school year.

Georgia

Fulton County Schools: This Georgia district, which sandwiches the separate school district for the city of Atlanta, began using Opportunity Culture models in 2016–17.

Illinois

Chicago Public Schools: The third largest school district in the United States began using Opportunity Culture models in 2018–19.

Indiana

Indianapolis Public Schools: Indianapolis Public Schools, the first district in the country to include Opportunity Culture roles in its teacher contract, began using Opportunity Culture models in 2016–17.

Maryland

Baltimore City Public Schools:  This Maryland district began implementing Opportunity Culture models in 2019-20.

New Mexico

Carlsbad Municipal Schools:  This district began implementing Opportunity Culture models in the 2023–24 school year.

North Carolina

Public Impact launched the Opportunity Culture initiative in 2013, beginning with the Project L.I.F.T. innovation zone in Charlotte. Opportunity Culture districts in North Carolina now include:

  • Cabarrus County Schools: Cabarrus County Schools in North Carolina began using Opportunity Culture models in 2014–15.
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools:  In 2013–14, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools became the first district to implement Opportunity Culture models, expanding to many more schools within the district each year.
  • Cumberland County Schools: This North Carolina district, based in Fayetteville, began using Opportunity Culture models in 2021–22.
  • Edgecombe County Public Schools: This rural North Carolina district began using Opportunity Culture models in 2017–18. Opportunity Culture models were implemented district-wide in 2019–20.
  • Guilford County Schools:  This North Carolina district, based in Greensboro, began using Opportunity Culture models in 2018–19.
  • Halifax County Schools: This rural, eastern North Carolina district began Opportunity Culture implementation in fall 2019.
  • Hertford County Public Schools: This rural, eastern North Carolina district began implementing Opportunity Culture models in the 2020–21 school year.
  • Lexington City Schools: This small North Carolina district began implementing Opportunity Culture models in 2019–20.
  • Mount Airy City Schools: This district began to implement Opportunity Culture models in 2022-23.
  • Nash County Public Schools: This district began implementing Opportunity Culture models in 2022-23.
  • Rockingham County Schools: This district, on the Virginia border, began designing Opportunity Culture models in 2023, for implementation in the 2024–25 school year.
  • Rowan-Salisbury Schools: This school district began designing Opportunity Culture models in 2023, for implementation in the 2024–25 school year.
  • Scotland County Schools: This district, bordering South Carolina, began designing Opportunity Culture models in 2023, for implementation in the 2024–25 school year.
  • Thomasville City School District: This district intends to implement Opportunity Culture models in its four schools.
  • Vance County Schools: This North Carolina district along the Virginia border began using Opportunity Culture models in 2017–18.
  • Wake County Public School System: This district, the largest public school district in North Carolina, will begin implementing Opportunity Culture models in the 2024–25 school year.
  • Wilson County Schools: This North Carolina district began using Opportunity Culture models in 2021–22.
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: This North Carolina district began implementing Opportunity Culture models in the 2020–21 school year.

Several North Carolina districts also participated in a pilot of Remotely Located Multi-Classroom Leadership—a partnership of the College Board, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), and Public Impact to create a five-person team of teachers in various N.C. districts led by a multi-classroom leader based at NCSSM. Learn more about the pilot in this “first look” in EdNC.

Tennessee

Texas

Opportunity Culture implementation began in Texas in the 2015–16 school year when the Texas Education Agency (TEA) made Texas the first state to support multiple districts in implementing Opportunity Culture designs. Opportunity Culture districts in Texas now include:

Virginia