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Uncommon Schools

City Year is proud to partner with Uncommon Schools, so our alums can continue to make transformational change in response to pressing social problems.

Uncommon Schools City Year Career Partner

Uncommon Schools offers City Year alums

Teaching residency

The teaching residency between Uncommon Schools and Relay Graduate School of Education is an innovative program focused on practice-based teaching methods and new teacher support. Throughout the two-year program, Residents will be enrolled as graduate students at Relay and will take master’s level courses that complement their roles as new teachers. Relay’s curriculum is designed to teach new educators how to manifest high behavioral and academic expectations and develop rigorous, data-driven lessons while caring deeply for their students. The Relay Teaching Residency will lead to a culminating understanding of what it means—and what it takes—to be an effective classroom teacher.

Residents will also receive the following benefits:

  • Master of Arts in teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education
  • Massachusetts, New Jersey or New York teaching certificate
  • full-time salary and benefits for two years, with a pathway into hiring after graduation
  • extensive weekly training and deliberate practice sessions in proven, highly-effective teaching techniques
  • residency year, allowing Residents an opportunity to engage with expert teachers and best practices, while on a structured and promising pathway into a teaching job
  • access to a network of veteran Uncommon Schools and Relay teachers, new teacher colleagues and professionals
  • opportunity to serve as a Professional Corps AmeriCorps member, with access to benefits such as an education award, student loan deferment and childcare benefits

Why City Year loves Uncommon Schools

The mission of Uncommon Schools is to start and manage outstanding charter public schools in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York that close the achievement gap and prepare students to graduate from college. Its 49 college-prep schools consistently rank among the highest-performing in their home states for three reasons: Uncommon knows that all students have what it takes to go to college; it is fiercely committed to cultivating the intellectual curiosity and grit that will spur students’ success in the classroom and their communities and Uncommon creates and constantly refines its systems to help teachers teach and students learn.

The teaching residency at Uncommon Schools is a highly selective program that offers aspiring/apprentice teachers a unique opportunity to receive high-quality teacher training and learn how to teach while gradually taking on more teaching responsibility. The two-year teaching residency, a partnership between Relay Graduate School of Education and select partner schools, is designed specifically for recent college graduates and career changers who are looking for an innovative pathway into the teaching profession. City Year strengthens an applicant’s competitiveness and chances for a position at Uncommon Schools.

To apply

Apply now for an Uncommon Schools teaching residency in Massachusetts, New Jersey or New York.

Please compare the start date to your City Year AmeriCorps graduation date to limit conflicts.

To identify your City Year affiliation

In the online application, please note your affiliation with City Year.

For more information

Please contact with any questions.

Please note that all admissions decisions are made by Uncommon Schools. AmeriCorps members and alums interested in the program must complete the full application process.

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