Uncommon Schools New York City

We are a free public school serving grades K through 12 in Brooklyn. Across our 23 schools, our students are preparing to achieve their dreams.

An Outstanding Education

Since our founding in 2004, our free public schools have served Brooklyn families with an award-winning instructional model that supports students’ academic and personal growth. Our teachers infuse joy into every day, creating an active engaged learning environment and preparing every student to succeed in college and beyond.

Elementary School

In grades K-4, 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.

Middle School

In grades 5-8, our 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.

High School

Our high school students make the transition to becoming the leaders of tomorrow. They build intellectual expertise through rigorous coursework and AP classes. They develop their passion and leadership through a range of enrichment and after-school activities. They graduate ready to thrive in college and beyond.

19+ Years

Uncommon has been serving families in Brooklyn for over 19 years, since our first school was founded in 2004.

23 Schools

Uncommon NYC is comprised of 23 free public schools serving grades Pre-K to 12, including co-educational schools and a few single-sex schools.


We proudly serve over 7,400 students and families in Brooklyn on the path to college and beyond.


Explore Our Schools

Find your nearest Uncommon NYC neighborhood school, and learn more about our schools and how to enroll.

Our Schools

Learn How to Enroll

Our free public schools are open to all NYC residents, with no selection criteria or application fees. Learn more about enrolling your child and submit your application today!


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