Uncommon Schools

At a Glance

National Office: 
826 Broadway 9th FL
New York 10003
Phone: 212-844-3584

Brett Peiser
People Served: 
24,000
Year Founded: 
2005
Tax ID: 
31-1488698

Focus area(s):

Charter Schools

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Description

Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit organization that starts and manages outstanding urban public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college. 

Impact and Outcomes

In 2016, graduates of Uncommon high schools had completed or were persisting in college at nine times the rate of their low income peers.
Uncommon students outperform state and national averages on nearly every measure: achievement on state exams, AP exams, the SAT, high school graduation, and enrollment in four-year colleges, which nears 100%.
Uncommon Schools serves 16,000 students in 49 schools in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.
According to a rigorous independent evaluation, attending an Uncommon school “completely cancel[s] out the negative effect associated with being a student in poverty” on measures of academic achievement.

Mission & Goals

Uncommon Schools (Uncommon) is a nonprofit organization that starts and manages outstanding urban public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college. Our 49 college preparatory 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 students’ 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.

By 2020, Uncommon will manage more than 60 schools, serving over 22,000 K through 12th-grade students. This plan, coupled with the organization’s outstanding academic results, makes Uncommon Schools among the fastest growing, highest performing charter management organization in the country. 

Program

Uncommon’s schools embody a shared vision and philosophy. The following core elements are present in every Uncommon school:

·         A College Preparatory Mission;

·         High Standards for Academics and Character;

·         A Highly Structured Learning Environment;

·         A Longer School Day and a Longer School Year;

·         A Focus on Accountability and Data-Driven Instruction; and

·         A Faculty of Committed and Talented Leaders and Teachers.

All of our schools are managed by a Home Office, based in New York City, and regional teams. We provide wide-ranging support including management and coaching of school leaders, professional development, staff recruitment, fundraising, and more. This support allows our schools in Boston, New York City, Newark, Camden, Rochester, and Troy to focus on teaching and learning.

Impact

Currently, Uncommon serves over 16,000 students across 49 schools in Boston, New York City, Newark, Camden, Rochester, and Troy. More than 90% of Uncommon students are Black or Latino, more than 80% are from low-income families, and about 10% have special education needs.

Although students enter our schools scoring up to two years below grade level, they students outperform the majority of students in their local cities and states after only two years with Uncommon. By 11th grade, Uncommon’s students outperform the national average for white students on the SAT. Nearly all graduates of Uncommon high schools enter 4-year colleges or universities immediately upon high school graduation. In 2016, alumni had completed or persisted in college at nine times the rate of their low-income peers nationally. We are proud of these successes, and we also know we have a long way to go to close the college achievement with the most affluent students in the nation. 

At Uncommon Schools, we measure our success beyond test scores and college graduation rates. We succeed when our scholars internalize the intellectual curiosity, drive, and pride in pursing knowledge that will serve them for a lifetime of learning and leadership.

Growth Plan

Uncommon Schools is growing to provide more students with the high-quality education that marks each of its schools. In the fall of 2016, Uncommon launched five new schools, enabling the network to serve over 16,000 students across 49 schools during the 2016-17 school year. By 2020, Uncommon will serve more than 22,000 students across 63 schools.

At full enrollment, each Uncommon school operates its core program on public funding, requiring no additional philanthropy. Until that time, Uncommon raises the necessary operating and capital philanthropy to support its schools. Similarly, the Uncommon Home Office also organizes its work so that core services are funded entirely by the public revenue generated by individual schools as the portfolio grows. Since 2013, the Uncommon Schools Home Office has required no additional philanthropic support, becoming one of the first non-profit charter management organizations in the country operating high-performing schools at scale and on the public dollar.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
826 Broadway 9th FL
New York 10003
Phone: 212-844-3584
List of locations

To make a contribution to a program site:

  1. Click on the "Make a Contribution Now" button and include the name, city and state of the program you would like to support, in the "notes" text box on the organization's donation form, if available.
  2. If a "notes" or "designation" box is not available, write the city and state on your check in the "notes" section or call the national office to designate your contribution to a local program site.

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Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2012

REVENUE

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Other Revenue (Description): 
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Other Revenue (Description): 
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Major Funders

The following organizations and individuals have supported Uncommon and its partner schools through one-time gifts of $100,000 or more:

 

Anonymous

Achelis and Bodman Foundations

Barclays Capital

Broad Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carol and Howard Anderson

Carson Family Charitable Trust

Centerbridge Foundation

Charina Endowment Fund

Charles Hayden Foundation

Charter School Growth Fund

Citi Foundation

The Clark Foundation

Credit Suisse Americas Foundation

D. Brooks Zug

Farash Foundation

Gaurav and Sonia Kapadia

Geoffrey Rosenberger

Gleason Foundation

Edison Properties Charitable Trust

Hollyhock Foundation

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Kelly Family Foundation

Kern Family Foundation

Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Foundation

The Kovner Foundation

Liberty Mutual Foundation

Linde Family Foundation

Lloyd and Laura Blankfein

Louis Calder Foundation

Lovett-Woodsum Foundation

Lynch Foundation

The MCJ Amelior Foundation

NewSchools Venture Fund

Paul Tudor Jones

Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation

Prudential Foundation

Robert & Gillian Steel

Red Crane Foundation

Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

Rick Rieder

Robbins Family Foundation

Robert Steel

Robertson Foundation

Robin Hood Foundation

Schusterman Foundation

SeaChange Catalyst Fund

Shippy Foundation

Tiger Foundation

Tortora Sillcox Foundation

TowerBrook Foundation

United Way of Greater Rochester

Victoria Foundation

Walton Family Foundation

William Schawbel

The WKBJ Foundation