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Uncommon Schools is a non-profit organization that starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college. Uncommon Schools has grown to 42 schools serving more than 10,000 students across six geographies: Boston, MA; New York City; Newark, NJ; Camden, NJ; Rochester, NY; and Troy, NY.  This past summer, Uncommon Schools was named the winner of the national 2013 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools for demonstrating outstanding student performance and improvement across its schools, and closing achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color.


Uncommon has proposed to launch 5 schools in Camden, ultimately serving grades K-12 and beginning with one elementary school serving Kindergarten in Fall 2014. The students and families in Camden deserve great school options and we are grateful for the potential opportunity to help fulfill that promise. We propose to bring the same kind of impact we’ve demonstrated in Newark, New York and Boston to the Camden community.  Through the Urban Hope Act and the potential to launch Renaissance schools that combine the same autonomy of charter schools with a strong district partnership with district, we are eager to help provide the high quality education that all students and families deserve. 


The mission of Uncommon Camden, like all Uncommon schools, will be to prepare students to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college.  Each of our schools exhibits the following:

  • 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.




Uncommon Schools has a proven track record of success with our scholars. 100% of the 2013 graduating class was accepted to 4-year colleges.

Our high school students averaged 1688 on the 2013 SAT, 138 points above the college readiness benchmark established by the College Board and 190 points above the national average. Additionally, in 2013, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University reported that attending an Uncommon school “completely cancel out the negative effect associated with being a student in poverty.”  



We are looking for the founding leaders of our new Uncommon Camden Elementary Academy that is proposed to open in the 2014-15 school year.  As a founding school leader, you will receive extensive professional development and coaching, and play a pivotal role in launching a new Uncommon region of schools.  As a founding teacher, you will have the chance to build a school from the ground up and help create a lasting institution in Camden. Come join our founding team, led by Julie Jackson, current Managing Director of Uncommon New York City and Newark Elementary schools.