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Career Partnership with Uncommon Schools

City Year is proud to partner with the Uncommon Schools Relay Graduate School of Education Teaching Residency so our alumni can continue to make transformational change in response to pressing social problems. This partnership reflects the shared visions and values of both organizations and their belief that young people can keep students on track to graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. City Year strengthens an applicant’s competitiveness and chances for a position at Uncommon Schools.



Uncommon Schools-Relay Graduate School of Education Teaching Residency 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 (Relay GSE) 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.

College is crucial. We believe a Bachelor’s degree should be within reach for every young person in this nation. Our mission is to start and manage outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college.

Still today, too many students in low-income school districts struggle to get to and through college because they don’t have the same opportunities as students in wealthier neighborhoods. Every morning, the doors of our schools open to defy this injustice and to celebrate the achievement we know is possible.

At Uncommon Schools, our classrooms are named after colleges because that’s where our students are headed. We are a nonprofit network of public charter schools in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our 49 college-prep schools consistently rank among the highest-performing in their home states for three reasons:

We know all students have what it takes to go to college. We are fiercely committed to cultivating the intellectual curiosity and grit that will spur their success in the classroom and in their communities.
We create and constantly fine-tune our systems to help teachers teach and students learn.

We know that without great teachers and leaders, nothing else matters. We also know there’s no limit to learning. That’s why people development is at our core.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Uncommon Schools is committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our scholars. By building schools that reflect and represent the communities we serve, we enhance the cultural competence of our scholars, preparing them for a multicultural, global future. Our goal is to create an inclusive and stimulating work environment by attracting, developing, and retaining a collaborative and dynamic team.

To learn more about Uncommon click here. 



Relay Residency offered by Uncommon Schools:

  • A Master of Arts in Teaching from Relay GSE, an innovative program focused on practice-based teaching methods and new teacher support; A New Jersey 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;
  • A 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 GSE teachers, new teacher colleagues and professionals; and
  • An opportunity to serve as a Professional Corps AmeriCorps member, with access to benefits, including a financial education award, student loan deferment and childcare benefits



To Apply

  • Click here to apply for the Relay Teaching Residency in Newark, NJ. 
  • Click here to apply for the Relay Teaching Residency in Camden, NJ.

  • Start Dates for Uncommon Schools are August 2018. Please compare start date to your corps graduation date to limit conflicts.

  • In the online application, please note that your affiliation with City Year. Please contact if you have any questions.

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