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Uncommon Schools

Starting and managing outstanding urban charter public schools

three stars

88.40

826 Broadway, 9th Floor c/o RHF
New York, NY 10003
tel: (212) 844-3584   Web Site
EIN: 31-1488698

Board Leadership
Norman Atkins
Board Chair

CEO
Brett Peiser
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.40 three stars
  Financial 87.84 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Uncommon Schools (Uncommon) starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college. Uncommon builds uncommonly great schools by developing and managing philosophically aligned, highly accountable, and geographically linked networks: Preparatory Charter Schools, MA; Excellence Charter Schools, NY; North Star Academy Charter Schools, NJ; Collegiate Charter Schools, NY; True North Public Schools, NY; and Leadership Charter Schools, NY. All of our schools are predicated on standards-based instructional models, proven curricula driven and informed by assessment, and highly structured environments. Uncommon Schools also relies on the strength of the passionate, talented, and driven professionals who work within our schools and our organization.

Uncommon Schools (Uncommon) starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college. Uncommon builds uncommonly great schools by developing and managing philosophically aligned, highly accountable, and geographically linked networks: Preparatory Charter Schools, MA; Excellence Charter Schools, NY; North Star Academy Charter Schools, NJ; Collegiate Charter Schools, NY; True North Public Schools, NY; and Leadership Charter Schools, NY. All of our schools are predicated on standards-based instructional models, proven curricula driven and informed by assessment, and highly structured environments. Uncommon Schools also relies on the strength of the passionate, talented, and driven professionals who work within our schools and our organization.

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Financial

three stars

87.84

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
93.8%
  Administrative Expenses 3.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.81
  Program Expenses Growth 7.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 80.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Uncommon Schools on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Uncommon Schools on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Uncommon Schools (NY) 88.40 three stars
The Public Education Foundation (NV) 88.53 three stars
West Point Association of Graduates (NY) 93.17 four stars
Youth, I.N.C. (NY) 88.05 three stars
The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools (OK) 91.16 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,892,763
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $7,253,952
Total Contributions $17,146,715
   Program Service Revenue $28,270,109
Total Primary Revenue $45,416,824
   Other Revenue $1,466,005
TOTAL REVENUE $46,882,829
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $39,767,053
   Administrative Expenses $1,858,780
   Fundraising Expenses $1,242,756
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $42,868,589
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,014,240
   
Net Assets $34,811,534

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Grants to Charter Public Schools $39,767,053 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 02/01/2019 88.40 three stars
2016-06 03/01/2018 89.48 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 90.58 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 90.58 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 92.21 four stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 92.21 four stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 88.65 three stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 88.62 three stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 88.70 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 68.80 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 06/01/2011 86.48 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 31-1488698
Name in IRS Master File UNCOMMON SCHOOLS INC
NTEE Code B90
NTEE Classification Educational Services and Schools - Other
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date April, 1997
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$311,473 0.72% Brett Peiser CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Uncommon Schools (NY) 88.40 three stars
Vellore Christian Medical College Foundation (NY) 90.62 four stars
Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation (MA) 89.48 three stars
The Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation (FL) 89.51 three stars
Association of Graduates of the United States Air Force Academy (CO) 95.47 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Uncommon Schools
826 Broadway, 9th Floor
c/o RHF
New York, NY 10003
tel: (212) 844-3584
fax: (212) 598-4076
EIN: 31-1488698

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Board Leadership

Norman Atkins
Board Chair

CEO

Brett Peiser
Chief Executive Officer

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