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“I think he is one of the most dedicated teachers I’ve ever worked with."
Congratulations to Rochester Prep Middle School - Brooks Campus teacher James Dill on receiving the Golden Apple Award from News 8 WROC Rochester!
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.
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, Troy
AP Courses offered include Chemistry, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science, English, US History
Honors Courses offered include Biology, Calculus, US History
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
HOW WE ADDRESS SPECIAL EDUCATION IN OUR SCHOOLS
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:
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.
I have been working at Uncommon Schools full-time (Less than a year)
A great, energetic place to work. Coworkers and supervisors are all very passionate and eager and everyone pushes each other to do better. The job is varied which means no day is ever boring.
It can be difficult finding a good work/life balance since the hours are long.
There is a phone screening. Why a charter school? Why Uncommon Schools? After that is a selection day, which wasn't too difficult. You have to prepare a short presentation to pitch to prospective parents. There are some data exercises and role playing. It's a long day, there are about 7-8 interviews, almost too many sessions. It's hard to go into depth with interviewers because you have such a short time with each person. It's weird that a 7 hour interview would still feel rushed. Each interviewer gives you feedback, some of which makes sense, some of which seems like they're trying to give feedback for feedback sake. I'm glad they were up front about the long work hours which swayed me away from the position.