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We Are Uncommon

About Us & Mission

College is crucial. We believe a Bachelor’s degree should be within reach for every young person in this nation. Our mission is to start and manage outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college.

Still today, too many students in low-income school districts struggle to get to and through college because they don’t have the same opportunities as students in wealthier neighborhoods. Every morning, the doors of our schools open to defy this injustice and to celebrate the achievement we know is possible.

At Uncommon Schools, our classrooms are named after colleges because that’s where our students are headed. We are a nonprofit network of public charter schools in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our 49 college-prep schools consistently rank among the highest-performing in their home states for three reasons:
- We know all students have what it takes to go to college. We are fiercely committed to cultivating the intellectual curiosity and grit that will spur their success in the classroom and in their communities.
- We create and constantly fine-tune our systems to help teachers teach and students learn.
- We know that without great teachers and leaders, nothing else matters. We also know there’s no limit to learning. That’s why people development is at our core.

Our Commitment to Diversity: Uncommon Schools is committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our scholars. By building schools that reflect and represent the communities we serve, we enhance the cultural competence of our scholars, preparing them for a multicultural, global future. Our goal is to create an inclusive and stimulating work environment by attracting, developing, and retaining a collaborative and dynamic team.

Teachers

We know that without great teachers, nothing else matters. In every Uncommon school, teachers are changing history – from the way they look each scholar in the eye with respect when shaking hands in the morning to the way they approach lesson planning with deep rigor and genuine joy in mind.


K-12 Teachers
Our teachers know that all students have what it takes to go to college. They are fiercely committed to cultivating the intellectual curiosity and grit that will spur success in the classroom and in our communities. Uncommon creates and constantly fine-tunes its systems to help teachers teach and to help students learn. Without great teachers and leaders, little else matters.


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (GRADES K-4)
Regions: Camden, New York City, Newark, Rochester, Troy
Positions: Lead Teacher, Co-Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Special Education Coordinator, Apprentice Teacher


MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 5-8)
Regions: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark, Rochester, Troy
Positions: Content-specific Teacher (Math, English Language Arts, Science, Humanities), Apprentice Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Special Education Coordinator


HIGH SCHOOL (GRADES 9-12)
Regions: Boston, New York City, Newark, Rochester
Positions:
Science Teacher (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science)
Math Teacher (Algebra I-II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Engineering)
English Language Arts Teacher (English I-IV, Debate)
History Teacher (World History I-II, Us History I-II)
AP Courses offered include Chemistry, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science, English, US History
Honors Courses offered include Biology, Calculus, US History


ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Dean of Students
Specials: Spanish, Art, Music, Dance, Performing Arts, Physical Education
Paraprofessional

Home Office

All Uncommon schools rely on the Home Office for strategic and administrative support. Home Office staff work from several locations across our regions, but the greatest concentration of staff can be found in in Manhattan.

Home Office Teams:
Development
Finance
Human Resources
Information Technology
Data Analytics
Diversity
Talent Development
Marketing & Communications
Real Estate & Facilities
Regional School Management
Recruitment
Special Education

Fellowships

At Uncommon, we offer a unique opportunity for a pathway to school leadership for those who are passionate about leading outstanding schools.
We offer both instructional and operations fellowships for candidates looking to explore a variety of leadership opportunities. Both fellowships are paid, full-time positions within Uncommon Schools and include schools startup preparation, school visits, and ongoing mentorship.

INSTRUCTIONAL FELLOWSHIP
One to two year placement
Extensive professional development from Uncommon staff
Significant teaching and coaching opportunities
Exposure to leadership, including Instructional Leaders and Managing Directors
Enrollment in the Relay Graduate School of Education


OPERATIONS FELLOWSHIP
One year placement
Extensive professional development from Uncommon staff
Significant opportunities to manage the day-to-day operations of an existing school
Exposure to leadership, including Director of Operations and Chiefs Operating Officers

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About Uncommon Schools

College is crucial. We believe a Bachelor’s degree should be within reach for every young person in this nation. Our mission is to start and manage outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college.

Still today, too many students in low-income school districts struggle
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  • Boo! Leadership Prep Canarsie students scared up some fun as mummies at the Halloween Relay Race! #ChangeHistory
  • Thank you to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers for inviting us to present on our district-charter partnership with the New York City Department of Education!⠀
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We were joined by Verone Kennedy, Executive Director from the NYCDOE Office of Charter School Partnership and Authorization and Janeene Freeman, CEO of the Northeast Charter Schools Network.
  • Thank you to former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for moderating a conversation at Charter School Growth Fund’s retreat with Uncommon alumna Joemi Espinal (UCHS Class of 2013).⠀
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Joemi spoke about how her experiences at Uncommon shaped her college and career path, which led her to a current role on Uncommon’s Diversity team. We’re so proud of how our alumni like Joemi continue to #ChangeHistory, both back home at Uncommon and beyond.
  • Uncommon NYC families were out in full force in Brooklyn today to rally for education equality! #EqualityIsPossible
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826 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10003
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1,001 to 5,000
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