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Uncommon Schools Overview

New York, NY
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
K-12 Education
Unknown / Non-Applicable

Company Updates

  • “I want you to be as powerful, as confident, and capable as you can be.”

    Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey surprised a group of young women, including 8 of our own Uncommon high schoolers, at the headquarters of O, the Oprah Magazine. Our students had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Mrs. Obama, to hear her talk about her memoir, and to ask her some poignant questions about the challenges she faced as First Lady and what keeps her motivated.

    Read the article and watch the entire 8-minute video here – and look out for moving reflections from some of our young ladies at 6:23 about what the day meant to them!

    This Is How We Surprised 30 High School Girls With a Visit From Michelle Obama and Oprah

    When I first learned that Oprah Winfrey was going to interview former First Lady Michelle Obama here at the Hearst Tower in New York-headquarters to O, The Oprah Magazine and dozens of other media publications-I wanted to cry. The fact that I was going to witness Mrs.

  • Uncommon Charter High School students are one step closer to finding the college of their dreams! Students had a great time visiting SUNY Binghamton, Oneonta, and Cortland in Upstate New York and learned more about what each school offers.

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Uncommon Schools – Why Work For Us?

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.



Regions: Camden, New York City, Newark, Rochester, Troy

Positions: Lead Teacher, Co-Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Special Education Coordinator, Apprentice Teacher



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



Regions: Boston, New York City, Newark, Rochester, Troy


  • 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



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

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

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 52 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.

Instructional Fellow Celebrates With Students

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.


  • 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


  • 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
Teacher teaches small group reading lesson

 At Uncommon, we provide inclusion settings and supports for all learners. We “teach to the edges” to support the range of student abilities in our classrooms.



Consistent school-wide systems for instruction and operations help all students excel. Our positive school culture, reliable schedules and routines, as well as exceptional instruction with ongoing professional development allows our special education teachers and social workers to focus exclusively on our unique learners.


We “teach to the edges” to accommodate the range of student abilities in general education classes with a universal design for learning (UDL) framework including:

  1. Data analysis in a response to intervention (RTI) model to remediate specific skill gaps
  2. Small group Common Core aligned instruction
  3. Family engagement to support success
  4. Collaboration with a laser focus on results


We make every effort for students with significant disabilities to be served with same-age general education peers and create modifications when necessary to nurture individual potential.   

Uncommon Schools Reviews

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    Forward thinking educators. Everyone in the school wants the scholars to succeed.


    Expect to put in long hours and a lot of work.

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Uncommon Schools Interviews



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    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Uncommon Schools (Brooklyn, NY).


    Too long. It was a initial easy phone interview then an entire day at the school (7am-4pm). They assess you in like 4 different ways. Entering this interview is a huge investment

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Uncommon Schools Awards & Accolades

  • Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, The Broad Foundation, 2013

Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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