Academics

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.

 

Curriculum Development

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.

 

Eliminating the Achievement Gap

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. Click here to view our most recent test results.

 

100% College Bound at High School Graduation

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. The high school's College Access and Success team is active in organizing school visits by college recruiters as well as student trips to college campuses. The team further supports college preparation by coordinating student participation in summer and year-long enrichment programs to strengthen preparation for college. Our college team spends much of its time providing support to alumni as they navigate college life.