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: LaKiesha George
Director of Operations: Emily Spine
Academic Director (K-2): Lanesha Pugh
Academic Director (3-5):
Vickki Hill

Special Populations Coordinator: Audrey Davis
Dean of Students:
Tor Watts


Upcoming Events

  • Want to take a tour of Exceed Lower?  We have open house and information sessions available on October 31st, November 14th, and December 5th from 8am to 9am. Stop by the main office to schedule an alternative date, we can also be reached at (718) 989-6702.
  • Our 2019-2020 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

332 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

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Explore Lower

Located at:
655 Parkside Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226

Email: Calvin Massiah, DOO at
Phone: (718) 703-4484

Empower Lower

Located at:
188 Rochester Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Email: Benjamin Knight, DOO at
Phone: (718) 771-2090

Excel Lower

Located at:
1077 Remsen Ave, Brooklyn NY, 11236

Email: Claudia Tjong, DOOR at
Phone: (718) 303-3245

Exceed lower

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

Email: Emily Spine, DOO at
Phone: (718) 989-6702

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(347) 391-0645
Explore Schools
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Brooklyn, NY 11201

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