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Uncommon Schools was born in 2005, when charter leaders from New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts came together. Uncommon Schools first supported the creation of North Star Academy Charter School of Newark, which opened in 1997 and has since emerged as one of the most celebrated charter public schools in the nation. We look forward to continuing to change history for many years to come.
organizational timeline

North Star Academy founded in Newark, New Jersey.


Uncommon Schools formalizes its mission as a charter management organization with the goal of starting and managing schools that create transformative college prep opportunities for low-income children. Uncommon Schools begins managing North Star Academy Downtown Middle School, North Star Academy Clinton Hill Middle School, North Star Academy High School, Excellence Boys Elementary School, and Williamsburg Collegiate Middle School.


Uncommon Schools opens Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant Elementary School and Rochester Prep Middle School.


Uncommon Schools opens North Star Academy Vailsburg Elementary School and Kings Collegiate Middle School.


Uncommon Schools opens Excellence Boys Middle School and Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Middle School.


Uncommon Schools opens Excellence Girls Elementary School, Leadership Prep Brownsville Elementary School, Brownsville Collegiate Middle School, Uncommon Charter High School, and Troy Prep Middle School.


Uncommon Schools opens North Star Academy West Side Park Elementary School, North Star Academy Vailsburg Middle School, Leadership Prep Ocean Hill Elementary School, Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant Middle Academy, Ocean Hill Collegiate Middle School, Brooklyn East Collegiate Middle School, and Rochester Prep Elementary School. Roxbury Prep Charter School, Mission Hill Campus in Boston formally joins the Uncommon Schools network.


Uncommon Schools opens North Star Academy Fairmount Elementary School, Rochester Prep Middle School – West Campus, Roxbury Prep Charter School, Lucy Stone Campus, and Troy Prep Elementary School.


Uncommon Schools opens North Star Academy Liberty Elementary School, North Star Academy West Side Park Middle School, Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School and Roxbury Prep Charter School, Dorchester Campus.


Uncommon Schools opens Excellence Girls Middle Academy, Leadership Prep Brownsville Middle Academy, Leadership Prep Canarsie Elementary Academy, Leadership Prep Canarsie Middle Academy, Leadership Prep Ocean Hill Middle Academy, and Rochester Prep West Campus Elementary School.


Uncommon Schools opens Camden Prep Elementary School, Uncommon Preparatory Charter High School, Rochester Preparatory High School, and North Star Academy Alexander Elementary School.


Uncommon Schools opens North Star Academy Central Avenue Middle School and Roxbury Prep High School.


Uncommon Schools opens Rochester Prep Elementary School 3, North Star Academy Elementary School 6, North Star Academy Lincoln Park High School, Camden Prep Middle School, and Kings Elementary School.