Exceed Lower School

Our Program

Our instructional program is based on the belief that all students can meet high expectations when provided the right environment and resources to achieve.

We work to be truly inclusive – and put this value into action building strong relationships among our staff, students and families.

Serving students in kindergarten through 5th grade, Exceed Lower Charter School is located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (CSD 17).

School Highlights

  • Our Common Core aligned curricula emphasizes critical thinking and rigor, helping our students develop the skills they need for college-preparatory high schools.
  • Our school day and year are extended to provide students with 25% more instructional time than a traditional public school.
  • Our students participate in a wide array of enrichment activities — including art, music, science and physical education weekly.

Meet The Team 

 At Exceed Lower School, our leadership team is a group of committed educators: 

Principal: Marcus Findlay

Academic Director (K-2): Vickki Hill

Special Populations Director: Audrey Davis

Special Populations Manager: Lauren Bowden

Director of Operations: Caitlin Davidson

Dean of Students: Claudinette Fetus


Upcoming Events

  • Want to take a tour of Exceed Lower?  We have open house and information sessions available. Stop by the main office to schedule a date, we can also be reached at (718) 989-6702.
  • Our 2022-2023 calendar is now available! Please follow the link to view upcoming dates for the school year.
  • We welcome members of the community to attend our scheduled board meetings. All meetings begin at 6:00PM unless otherwise noted on the meeting agenda.

Fast Facts

270 Students

Grades K-5

CSD 17, Crown Heights Brooklyn

Opened in 2012

“Explore Schools means a place for me to learn and have fun and to be myself. I get a good education to help me get to a college-preparatory high school. I can learn and be successful here.”

– Nairobee, Exceed Charter School Student

All Lower Schools

Explore Lower

Located at:
655 Parkside Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226

Email: Maria Gonzaga, DOO here.
Phone: (718) 703-4484

Empower Lower

Located at:
188 Rochester Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Email: Dominique Stone-Maddix, DOO here.
Phone: (646) 246-5345 

Excel Lower

Located at:
1077 Remsen Ave, Brooklyn NY, 11236

Email: Denys Salas, DOO here.
Phone: (718) 303-3245

Exceed lower

Located at:
443 St. Marks Ave, Brooklyn NY, 11238

Email: Caitlin Davidson, Principal here.
Phone: (347) 609-3918

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