Our Approach

Welcome to Elementary School

In Uncommon elementary schools, we cultivate a love for learning in every child. Our teaching is fast-paced, rigorous, and fun—with plenty of celebratory cheers built into each lesson. We build community around values like respect, hard work, and kindness, shaping the hearts as well as the minds of our students. Our goal is for students to love school from the very start.

Stepping Up to Middle School

In middle school, Uncommon students learn the academic skills they need to succeed in high school, while developing their own identities as citizens of their communities and of the world. They learn to think deeply, to debate passionately, and to engage thoughtfully with new people, places, and ideas.

College Preparatory High Schools

Uncommon high school students make the transition to becoming the young adult leaders of tomorrow. They build their intellectual expertise through rigorous coursework and AP classes. They develop their passion and leadership through a broad range of activities: they raise their voices in debate, take action in their communities, bring us inspiration through the arts, design new prototypes, compete athletically, and so much more. They graduate ready to thrive in college and beyond.

To and Through College

Every Uncommon high school student works closely with a counselor to find the college that will enable them to achieve their dreams. Ninety-nine percent of Uncommon high school graduates have earned admission to a 4-year college since 1997. When they get to campus, they are never alone: We offer dedicated alumni support to help them navigate the challenges they may face on the road to graduation and to achieving their dreams.

OUR COMMITMENT

Serving Students with Special Needs

At Uncommon Schools, we believe that children with special needs are deserving of a high-quality, individualized education that will allow them to have a successful future. We are committed to accommodating the needs of our students with special needs pursuant to IDEA, Section 504, and the ADA.

We are proud to serve students with special needs in the following ways, as relevant based on their individual needs: We also provide support in the following related services:
  • Remedial math and reading instruction
  • Classroom support from additional general and special education teachers
  • Small group instruction for content-specific support
  • Presentation of material using multiple modalities to accommodate a variety of learning styles
  • Data-driven curricular modifications to meet students at their appropriate instructional levels
  • Speech-Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Behavioral Services
  • Counseling
  • Transportation

 
We are committed to partnering with all members of the child study team to create programs that will nurture and support social, emotional, and academic growth. Campus-based Special Education teams are comprised of a Special Education Coordinator, School Counselor or Social Worker, Related Service Providers, and the student’s Case Manager. These team members work closely with teachers and school leaders to implement and monitor students’ individualized educational programs.

Regional Directors of Special Education

Boston
Allison Oduaran
allison.oduaran@roxburyprep.org

Camden
Abby Levi
alevi@camden-prep.org

New York City
Meghan Fitzgerald
mfitzgerald@uncommonschools.org

Newark
Kathleen Lane
klane@northstaracademy.org

Rochester
Lisa Krempa
lkrempa@rochesterprep.org

Troy
Bridget Hodgkinson
bhodgkinson@troyprep.org

Open Seats Available for the 2020-2021 School Year. Enroll Your Child.