A Typical Student's Day

Every Minute Counts

A typical school day at an Uncommon High School includes:
An earlier start-time than most public schools.

Our school day starts at 8:30 a.m. so that our students can start their day learning in our college preparatory environment. We offer a diverse array of subjects to ensure that our students are challenged and prepared for college and beyond.

A school leader eagerly waiting to shake hands with students as they arrive.

We believe it's important for students to know that every day, we are glad to see them, and we are excited for what they will accomplish.


The majority of Uncommon students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.


From day one, we place a huge emphasis on literacy. Our high school students continue to transition from comprehension into to deep textual analysis, keeping their eye on college as the goal.


Most Uncommon schools devote twice the time to math than local district schools. Math procedures and problem-solving skills are vital to the overall development of critical thinking skills, and they unlock access to compelling future subject area pursuits like Physics and engineering.


Observing lunchtime at an Uncommon school is like observing a well-choreographed dance. Everyone knows where to be, where to go, and what to do. We maintain tight processes around everything from lunch lines for food distribution to entering and exiting bench tables. What results is a full lunch period reserved for fueling up for the afternoon's lessons.

Physical Education

Students at our school participate in gym class twice a week. We believe it's important for students to have the opportunity to move, to collaborate, to compete, and to re-charge. We also offer opportunities for students to join sport teams.

Subject Area Classes

Uncommon schools teach a range of courses in history, science, and the arts.


Our school offers Theatre and Digital Art as core components of the weekly schedue.  We value the arts as a disciplined and creative pursuit that will benefit students throughout their lives.

Clubs and Athletics

All Uncommon schools offer afternoon enrichment. Specific clubs and intramurals vary but include activities such as Debate Club, Yearbook, Singing Club, Cooking Club, Flag Football, Dance, Volleyball and more.


It's important to end the day on the right foot, because we'll all be together again tomorrow, working toward the same goal of college. Our schools have very structured dismissal procedures that allow for smooth transitions from classrooms to the sidewalk to buses. Adults are ever-present, saying goodbye to students, providing positive reinforcement for the work they've accomplished today, and encouraging them on tonight's homework assignment.