At North Star High School, students are the focus. Our students take responsibility in and accountability for their community.
Our Teaching Approach
At Uncommon Schools, our scholars are our highest priority. We believe that every moment we have with our students is critical so we don’t take a single moment for granted. We invest in our teachers by providing them with professional development and observational feedback on a weekly basis so that teachers are the very best they can be. We also recognize that our ultimate mission is to make sure our scholars enter, succeed in and graduate from college so our teachers provide guided support to our scholars balanced with autonomy they need so that they are fully prepared for college.
North Star has developed over one hundred interim assessments directly aligned with New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and North Star curricula. These assessments form the backbone of the data-driven instructional model that has greatly enhanced student achievement.
North Star students have succeeded in eliminating the achievement gap, routinely outperforming their more affluent, suburban district peers on New Jersey state assessments. Based on recent test results, North Star's high school is the highest-performing non-selective urban high school in New Jersey.
In 2013, North Star sent off its tenth graduating class. Every senior was accepted to at least one four-year college—students averaged six acceptances each. 90% of graduates will be attending a four-year university, with another 10% attending a two-year school.
A Typical Day
Uncommon students start their day off on the right foot by shaking hands with a school leader and getting settled for breakfast. Each day, they know they’re in for hard work and the high reward it yields – college matriculation and graduation.
From Kindergarten through 12th grade, we place a huge emphasis on literacy.
Most Uncommon schools devote twice the time to math than local district schools.
Music & Art
We value the arts as a disciplined & creative pursuit that will benefit students throughout their lives. We offer rigorous classes in both Theatre and Digital Art.
We offer afternoon enrichment, giving our students opportunities to explore interests outside of academics. Activities include Yearbook, Debate Club, and Flag Football.
Our students participate in a wide variety of enrichment activities which serve to help students become well-rounded individuals and to better prepare them for college life.
What does Uncommon look like?
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