Six Roxbury Prep seniors secure full-ride scholarships to prestigious colleges

Published: Feb. 16, 2024 Six seniors from Roxbury Prep High School are celebrating a remarkable achievement: full four-year scholarships to prestigious colleges such as Princeton, Vassar, and Vanderbilt. For these students, the scholarships like QuestBridge and Posse, not only alleviate the financial burden of college but also signify a profound sense of accomplishment and pride. … Continued

RPC Teacher, Maggie Hillman, named 2023 Finalist for MA State Teacher of the Year!

Roxbury Prep Missional Hill 5th-grade math teacher, Maggie Hillman is a top-4 finalist for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year! She is the only charter school teacher named as a finalist by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Terra Carr, Regional Superintendent of Instruction, said of Ms. Hillman: “Maggie is an exceptional teacher, and … Continued

Roxbury Prep parents join to fight hunger

In December, the Roxbury Prep’s Parent Partners for Advocacy brought together roughly 50 volunteers from the community to assemble and distribute food baskets to more than 160 school families.  Read this story as it originally appeared on January 31, 2023 in Boston Business Journal (Subscription may be required.) The parent partners at Roxbury Prep, a … Continued

Roxbury Prep’s Mardi relishes being a leader

By Seth Daniel, News Editor | October 20, 2022 | Dorchester News After spending a year in a training program and four years teaching History, Frankline Mardi was appointed Principal at Roxbury Prep Dorchester. Her love for teaching points back to when she was a student and she helped tutor her mother, who spent most … Continued

Coming home: Roxbury Prep’s answer to the teacher shortage

Shradha Patel | Dec 21, 2022 For college students considering the profession, there’s no substitute for hands-on experience. And for administrators looking to find dedicated new talent, it’s more important than ever that they proactively offer opportunities for college students to get a feel for teaching. This commitment to engaging would-be teachers has been a … Continued

A call to teach now more than ever

By Brett Peiser In this New York Daily News Op-Ed, Uncommon Schools’ co-CEO Brett Peiser acknowledges how hard the past two-and-a-half years have been on teachers, but he also knows that students and families need teachers now more than ever. Read this story as it originally appeared on October 17, 2022 in New York Daily … Continued

Roxbury Prep is Focused on Solving Boston’s Teacher Shortage

This summer, rising college seniors from across the country came to Roxbury Prep for a five-week fellowship that offered hands-on classroom and instructional experience. Similar to previous years’ cohorts, most of them headed back to their final year in college with a job offer in hand to come back and teach at Roxbury Prep when … Continued

Mission Hill Graduating Senior Looks Towards a Career in Health Science; Will Attend BU in the Fall

by Lauren Bennett • June 2, 2022 | Mission Hill Gazette Mission Hill resident Wahaaj Farah is gearing up to attend Boston University in the fall, after graduating from Roxbury Prep on June 1. Farah was an active participant in Roxbury Prep’s High School 2.0 program during his high school years, where he took part in Quiz Bowl … Continued

Senior Signing Day at Roxbury Prep

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It’s a big day for graduating seniors at one of Boston’s charter schools. On Senior Signing Day Thursday, Roxbury Prep students let their teachers and classmates know their plans after graduation. Students cheered at the Reggie Lewis Center as many seniors unveiled college T-shirts to the crowd, announcing their pick. Stanaelle Celestin held … Continued

Roxbury Prep to construct new building in Newmarket

By: Anna Lamb The new campus will serve students in grades 9-12 and combine student populations who are currently taking classes in two different buildings in Hyde Park and Roxbury. The new site will be accessible via four bus lines and a commuter rail, and will include a full-sized gymnasium, cafeteria, performing arts spaces, and … Continued

Pi Day at Roxbury Prep Charter School

On March 14th, middle school students at Roxbury Prep celebrate Pi Day with pie! Students who could recite the most digits of Pi got to throw Pi in their teachers’ faces! “I think it’s a fun celebration of the things that they’re learning and a moment of collective joy,” Principal Tim O’Leary said. “If we’re … Continued

The 74: Summer Rocket Program Connects Girls to STEM

Forbes & Entrepreneur: Where Students Find Their Passion Roxbury Principal Honored by Boston Red Sox

Week of March 29: Tiered Focus Monitoring Review of Roxbury Prep

During the week of March 29, 2021 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Roxbury Prep Charter School. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special … Continued

Uncommon Sense: An Instructional Blog for Educators by Educators

Uncommon Schools has a history of collaborating with local school districts and sharing resources through in-person professional development trainings, online workshops, and multiple best-selling books. Why? Because we believe that every child deserves a great education. Why a Blog? The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink our traditional sharing avenues, but being confined to … Continued

Shradha Patel Named to Boston Business Journal’s Power 50 for 2020

Uncommon Schools in Visionaries Documentary on PBS

For the last quarter of a century, Visionaries has been producing documentaries for public television, highlighting nonprofit organizations around the world that are making a positive impact on their respective communities. Uncommon Schools is proud to be featured this season in this Visionaries documentary airing on PBS, and to be able to share the voices … Continued

Roxbury Prep Alumna Returns to Boston Roots as Summer Teaching Fellow

“I had great teachers growing up. I want to be that type of role model for other students,” says Ariana Gomes, about her experiences at Roxbury Prep Mission Hill. Gomes is currently senior at the University of Miami but this summer, she returned to Boston as a Summer Teaching Fellow and gave back to her … Continued

Boston Business Journal: Long Wait to Build New School Leaves Questions

The 74: Researchers Find Top Results for Newark, Boston, Pittsburgh

A Letter to the Uncommon Community

Dear Uncommon Schools Community, A few weeks ago, after we chose to close Uncommon Schools for a day to allow our community to process in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, I wrote an essay about how our charter school network was founded to battle racism and advance social justice. Since writing that … Continued

Opinion: If Black Lives Matter, City Would Hold Hearing for Roxbury Prep

Boston Globe Editorial: Roxbury Prep’s Future Offers Chance for Healing

Boston Globe Editorial: New Roxbury Prep HS Can Be Part of ‘Equitable City for All’

For months Roxbury Prep high school has been calling on the Boston Planning and Development Agency to hear its plans for a proposed high school building on a vacant lot zoned for a school. For months BPDA has refused to put the project to a vote for a hearing. Why? As the Boston Globe Editorial … Continued

Juneteenth: A Reflection

My Uncommon Family— I am truly thankful for the opportunity to write to you on this day: June 19, 2020. As I write this, monuments of history told from a single story are coming down all over the world, as people refuse to continue to accept a single version, a single truth, a single lens … Continued

Op-Ed: We Were Founded to Battle Racism and Injustice

In an op-ed for The 74 Million, Uncommon Schools President Julie Jackson explains why the Uncommon Schools network shut down for a day. “With protests erupting across the country, with our own staff and families and students participating, with countless conversations happening about the toll these events were taking on us personally, it became clear … Continued

Roxbury Prep Seniors Announce Colleges at Virtual Event

Senior Signing Days are usually a raucous affair with students and families convening at a theater, all cheering as each senior declares where they will be going to college. This year, the event moved online. Titciana Barros, Roxbury Prep High School Principal, opened the ceremony acknowledging recent events. School staff also presented core values awards … Continued

Uncommon Schools to Close for Mental Health Day on June 1

Uncommon Schools is taking an organization-wide mental health day June 1, 2020 for the sake of our community. Like you, we spent the weekend watching, reading, grieving, raging, reflecting, and marching. We spent the weekend trying to explain to our own children what was going on, as we tried to explain it to ourselves. As … Continued

Roxbury Prep Places at National Spoken Word Competition

Roxbury Prep’s spoken word team called INSOMNIA placed first in quarter finals, and second in semifinals in the Get Lit Slam Classic, an annual spoken word competition that uses poetry to increase literacy and empower youth. The Slam Classic is typically held in California, and Roxbury Prep’s INSOMNIA was headed to the Golden State for … Continued

Roxbury Prep Alumna Delivers Period Care Kits During Pandemic

Bria Gadsden, a Roxbury Prep alumna, is helping Boston women access period care kits during the COVID-19 pandemic. With stay-at-home orders in place, access to menstrual health materials became difficult for some women in the city. To help solve this, Bria has created care kits with enough pads for one cycle, along with other items … Continued

Together, We are Here

One Mission, One Vision. We may be separated from one another during this pandemic, but we are together in one purpose. With joy and love, our teachers continue to show their commitment to their students and families. North Star Academy and Camden Prep performing arts teachers created this video, singing out our mission to get … Continued

One Teacher’s Perspective on Uncommon’s Demands on Students and Teachers

When Mike Taubman was studying to become a teacher, he didn’t buy the anti-charter school sentiment. As an undergraduate, he interned at Uncommon Schools and now, at 39, is in his 15th year at the network and thriving. Many teachers at charter schools, like Taubman, are willing to work the long hours because, writes Jay … Continued

Roxbury Prep Plans for Remote Learning

As news of possible school closings and stay-at-home orders mounted, Uncommon Schools Roxbury Prep knew it must plan for online teaching and learning to continue its mission. The week prior to closing, school leaders and teachers surveyed families for technology and service needs, trained staff and students, and made sure that every student who needed … Continued

Making Remote Learning Easier and Engaging

Many educators across the country are navigating a huge challenge: how to keep students learning while away from school during the coronavirus pandemic. As Juliana Worrell notes in an op-ed for The 74, we created a remote learning platform that we believe will keep K-8 students learning until we’re able to return to classrooms. We … Continued

Uncommon Schools Launches Virtual K8 Program

No one knew how much the coronavirus pandemic would impact K-12 learning. Schools, including Uncommon Schools, initially made sure their students had enough learning packets and assignments for about two weeks. It quickly became apparent that more was needed. Starting March 30, every Uncommon student will be on a virtual school program with daily lessons … Continued

Literacy Nonprofit Donates Books to Children in Need During Pandemic

A Freeport-based nonprofit, The Book Fairies, donated more than 11,000 books so children can keep reading during the coronavirus pandemic. Educators approached the organization about books to send home to students. In response, Book Fairies temporarily opened its headquarters for scheduled pick-ups. Natasha Cherry-Perez, Senior Associate Director of Community Engagement, went to pick up books … Continued

3 Guiding Principles for Our Transition to Remote Learning

Days after we closed all of our school, Uncommon opened back up as a remote learning organization. In New York City alone we were serving nearly 10,000 students in their homes. Our teachers and staff scrambled to survey families about their Internet capabilities, became couriers to get equipment to families, and made wellness calls to … Continued

Roxbury Prep High School to Sit in Silent Protest at City Hall

Boston Public School Students Continue to Advocate for a Permanent High School Building That Is Already Zoned for a School BOSTON — Students from Roxbury Prep High School will sit in silent protest at the next Boston Planning and Development Agency meeting to continue to advocate for a permanent home for their high school. For … Continued

Roxbury Prep Athlete Makes History, Signs with Georgetown University

Arlingcove (Allen) Paul has made history as the first football player from Roxbury Prep to sign a National Letter of Intent to play football at Georgetown University. Arlingcove Paul makes it official. He will continue his academic and athletic career playing football for the Georgetown Hoyas. What an incredible moment this is for Paul, Roxbury … Continued

Uncommon School Leaders Attend TFA School Leaders of Color Conference

Seven hundred school leaders of color — including over 10 from Uncommon — gathered in Las Vegas on February 7 for Teach for America’s annual conference. This year, the focus was on resilient leadership and providing school leaders with inspiration and motivation to continue the work of supporting young people of color in achieving their … Continued

Roxbury Parent to Boston Mayor

via Commonwealth Magazine In a letter published in Boston’s Commonwealth Magazine, Roxbury Prep parent Sarah Rocha calls on Mayor Marty Walsh to support the high school building project for Roxbury Prep’s high school students. Currently, Roxbury Prep High School is split between two buildings, five miles apart. “As you know, Roxbury Prep and their students … Continued

Arroyo to BPDA: “Do the right thing”

In an op-ed for the Bay State Banner, Boston District 5 City Councilor Ricard Arroyo calls on the Boston Planning and Development Agency “to do the right thing and put the high school project on their agenda in February.” In January, the Roxbury Prep community gathered on the steps of Boston City Hall to protest … Continued

Roxbury Prep Community Rallies for Vote on New High School Building

On January 16, members of the Roxbury Prep community gathered on the steps of Boston City Hall to protest the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s (BPDA) delay in scheduling a hearing for a proposed high school to be built on a vacant lot in Roslindale. Currently, Roxbury Prep High School is split between two campuses … Continued

2,550 Strong — We are One Uncommon

In 1997, we began as a single school in Newark, New Jersey. To that founding class of 72 students and their families we made a promise. A promise to provide them with an outstanding education that prepares them to graduate from college and achieve their dreams. Our steadfastness and commitment to that promise has allowed … Continued

Roxbury Prep HS Principal: a Hero Among Us

Titicana Barros, Principal of Roxbury Prep High School – Maywood Campus and Roxbury Prep alumna, has been selected for the Heroes Among Us award, presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery, NBC Sports Boston, and 98.5 The SportbsHub! The Celtics honored Titciana for her dedication to the youth of Boston, calling her a “shining example” who … Continued

Roxbury Prep Principal and Alumna Honored

Titciana Barros, a Roxbury Prep alumna and current Principal of Roxbury Prep High School — Maywood Campus, was honored at the Massachusetts State House for her “dedication” to her community and empowering the students of Roxbury Prep. According to, the commendation was put forth by Representative Liz Miranda. Titciana brought along students with her … Continued

Charter School Leaders Invite Democratic Presidential Candidates to Visit Their Schools

In an op-ed for the Daily News, Brett Peiser (CEO, Uncommon Schools), Dacia Toll (President and Co-CEO, Achievement First), and Richard Barth (CEO, KIPP Foundation), invite Democratic presidential candidates to visit their schools and see firsthand how public charter schools are making an impact on student outcomes. Democratic presidential candidates have spoken on the need … Continued

Roxbury Prep Football Makes History During MIAA Playoff Opener

Congratulations to Roxbury Prep High School’s varsity football team for their historic opening weekend of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs. The Wolves ended their opening game with an 8-0 victory over TechBoston, making this win a big deal for a varsity program that’s still in its infancy. The varsity program just began last year … Continued

Roxbury Prep Students Share Their Stories at Parade

Roxbury Prep students participated in the Roslindale Parade this month with handmade signs inviting community members to “ask me how many AP classes I’ve taken.” Some students eagerly shared their AP course load: five, six, even nine AP classes — no easy feat considering Roxbury Prep High School is spread across two temporary campuses in … Continued