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In August 2012, the first cohort of 50 students from Bedford Stuvesant Collegiate Charter School and Brownsville Collegiate Charter School will enter their freshman year of high school at Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School. The school will eventually expand to hold 800 students in grades 9-12.

Uncommon Collegiate fulfills the Collegiate schools’ mission of preparing students to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college. New York City students from middle schools in the Uncommon Schools network will enroll in Uncommon Collegiate when they begin 9th grade. The leaders of the middle and high school programs will work together to ensure consistency in programming and core values. Importantly, the school building’s student-staff ratio will remain approximately 10:1, ensuring a high level of attention to individual student needs.

At Uncommon Collegiate, we do not believe that there is a panacea that makes a school work. Nor do we pretend that what we do is "rocket science" or necessarily innovative. We work hard and use common sense because elevating student achievement and transforming lives requires constant attention to hundreds of different elements — not one, magical 100% solution but rather one hundred, individual 1% solutions.

Analysis I: Leading a MS Analysis Meeting

Analysis I: Leading a MS Analysis Meeting

Jesse Rector and Paul Chin show that just diagnosing the error is not enough: you need specific action plans that target students’ weaknesses.

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<p>Jesse Rector is the Principal of North Star Academy Clinton Hill Middle School. He grew up in Edison, New Jersey. He has an undergraduate degree in History and American Studies from Rutgers University and a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia University.</p>

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Christine Miller

Associate Director of Human Resources


North Star Academy Teacher Wins Prestigious Teach For America Award

Mon, 2012/05/21

Mon, 2012/05/21 Newark, NJ—Eric Diamon, an Uncommon Schools English teacher at North Star Academy Vailsburg Middle School, is a winner of the Teach for America Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes alumni who are “exemplary classroom teachers for students growing up in low-income communities.”