Uncommon Charter High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

High graduation rate

The Downside

Highly structured approach may not be right for all students

Located in a new building in Crown Heights, Uncommon Charter High School is technically not an independent school but the collection of high school grades for several schools in the Uncommon Schools charter network: Williamsburg Collegiate Uncommon Charter School, Excellence Boys Uncommon Charter School, Excellence Girls Uncommon Charter School and Kings Collegiate Uncommon Charter School. According to the organization’s website, the schools in the Uncommon network focus on maintaining high standards and on getting students, many of them low-income, into and through four-year colleges. The Uncommon schools employ what has come to be called the “no excuses” approach, where learning is highly structured, children wear uniforms and students are expected to be orderly even during lunch, which is centered on “fueling up for the afternoon's lessons.”

On most statistical measures, the schools in the network perform as well as and often better than district schools in similar neighborhoods. For example, about 90 percent of students at Uncommon Charter High School graduated on time in 2016, compared to about 70 percent for the city as a whole.

The school uses a curriculum developed by Uncommon. It features 100 minutes of in-class literacy instruction for 9th- and 10th-graders. Students receive homework help and after-school tutoring, with struggling students required to attend classes on Saturday.

Uncommon Charter High School shares its building with Achievement First Brooklyn High School, also a charter school.

ADMISSION: The school has a very limited number of places available for 9th-graders who did not attend an Uncommon middle school. Those students are selected from a waiting list created when the children applied to 5th grade. No new students are admitted after 9th grade. (Gail Robinson, school website and web reports, February 2018)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


1485 Pacific Street
Brooklyn NY 11216

Trains: C Line to Kingston-Throop Aves; A Line to Nostrand Ave

Buses: B15, B25, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B65


Principal: Thomas O'Brien


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with Achievement First Brooklyn High School

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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