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Uncommon Schools (Uncommon) is a non-profit organization in the United States that starts and manages urban charter public schools that prepare low-income students to graduate from college. Uncommon develops and manages regional networks that are philosophically aligned, and currently manages 24 schools in New York City, upstate New York, Newark, New Jersey, and Boston, Massachusetts. The group plans to manage 38 schools, serving nearly 14,000 K through 12th grade students.


The organization first supported the creation of North Star Academy Charter School of Newark, which opened in 1997. In 2005, Uncommon formalized its mission as a charter management organization with the goal of starting and managing schools that create college prep opportunities for low-income children.


Uncommon manages six regional networks of schools:
  • Preparatory Charter Schools, MA
  • Excellence Charter Schools, NY
  • North Star Academy Charter Schools, NJ
  • Collegiate Charter Schools, NY
  • True North Public Schools, NY
  • Leadership Charter Schools, NY


New York

2010 Math Exam Highlights:
  • Uncommon’s students reversed the racial and economic achievement gaps in Math, outperforming the state’s White and non low-income students by wide margins
  • Uncommon ranked in the top 10% of all NYS school districts and charter management organizations in 3rd – 8th......
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