Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

High college acceptance rate

The Downside

Highly structured approach may not be right for all students

Located in the striking and historic old Boys High School building in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Uncommon Collegiate, a small 9-12 school, is part of the Uncommon network, one of the city’s largest operators of charter schools. According to the organization’s website, the schools in the network focus on maintaining high standards and on getting students, many of them low-income, into and through four-year colleges. 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.”

By most statistical measures, the schools in the network perform as well as and often better than district schools in similar neighborhoods. In 2017, all 48 graduating seniors at Uncommon Collegiate received acceptances from four-year colleges, with the students receiving more than $1.3 million in scholarships, Kings County Politics reported.

Uncommon Collegiate 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.

Most Uncommon Collegiate students attended middle school at Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate, Brownsville Collegiate or Brooklyn East Collegiate, all part of the Uncommon network.

The school shares the building with Brooklyn Academy High School and Bedford-Stuyvesant Preparatory High School, both of which serve students who have struggled in traditional schools.

[photo by Uncommon Collegiate]

ADMISSIONS: The school has a very limited number of spaces 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?
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 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 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, 2020-21 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 2020-21 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Contact & Location


832 Marcy Avenue, 4th Floor
Brooklyn NY 11216

Trains: A Line, C Line to Nostrand Ave; G Line to Bedford-Nostrand Aves

Buses: B25, B26, B38, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B52


Principal: Ashley Anderson-Martin


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Brooklyn Academy High School and Brooklyn East Collegiate Uncommon Charter School

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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