Our students need to make tremendous gains in reading and math, among other subjects, in order to be college-ready. We extend the school day because at Uncommon, more time in school means more learning.
We believe it's important for students to know that every day, we are glad to see them, and we are excited for what they will accomplish.
The majority of Uncommon students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
From Kindergarten through 12th grade, we place a huge emphasis on literacy. As our young students move from "learning to read" to "reading to learn", and as our older students transition from comprehension into to deep textual analysis, we keep our eye on college as the goal.
Most Uncommon schools devote twice the time to math than local district schools. Math procedures and problem-solving skills are vital to the overall development of critical thinking skills, and they unlock access to compelling future subject area pursuits like Physics and engineering.
Observing lunchtime at an Uncommon school is like observing a well-choreographed dance. Everyone knows where to be, where to go, and what to do. We maintain tight processes around everything from lunch lines for food distribution to entering and exiting bench tables. What results is a full lunch period reserved for fueling up for the afternoon's lessons.
Many Uncommon schools provide physical education, ranging from once a week to daily. We believe it's important for students to have the opportunity to move, to collaborate, to compete, and to re-charge.
Uncommon schools teach a range of courses in history, science, and the arts.
Many Uncommon schools provide music and art classes as a core component of the weekly schedule. Classes include violin, guitar, chorus, keyboard, and general music education. We value music as a disciplined and creative pursuit that will benefit students throughout their lives.
All Uncommon schools offer afternoon enrichment. Specific courses vary but include activities such as book club, phonics, jewelry making, capoeira, musical theater, basketball, woodworking, and chorus.
It's important to end the day on the right foot, because we'll all be together again tomorrow, working toward the same goal of college. Our schools have very structured dismissal procedures that allow for smooth transitions from classrooms to the sidewalk to buses. Adults are ever-present, saying goodbye to students, providing positive reinforcement for the work they've accomplished today, and encouraging them on tonight's homework assignment.