The Student Experience

Uncommon students know that an excellent education is key to achieving their dreams. By committing to our mission and giving back to others, our students can reshape history and write a new story for themselves.

A Typical School Day

We start each school day with three goals in mind: every student feels truly loved and cared for, learning is both rigorous and joyful, and students are prepared for success in college and beyond.

A Strong Start

All Uncommon students start their day with a firm handshake at the door of the school and a warm welcome from an adult who knows them and is committed to their success.

Building Community

One of our most joyful traditions, morning circle and community meetings are a time for students to celebrate accomplishments, come together as one school with one mission, and share their strong leadership voices.

Joy and Mastery

Learning should be both fun and educational. We build joy into every lesson while preparing students to master the skills and knowledge they’ll need to succeed in college and beyond.


All young people deserve the opportunity to discover their intellectual passions, so we are proud to offer a wide range of courses that spark curiosity and develop our students' interests.

Beyond the Classroom

Learning doesn’t end when the final bell rings. Our students have multiple opportunities to continue their learning and self-development through a variety of extracurricular activities.

It Takes a Village

We are honored to be a part of your lives. Our teachers and leaders communicate constantly with parents and families. They share updates and work as a team with parents and families to ensure every child has the support he or she needs to succeed.

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