Excel 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 are proud that our students outperform students in both the city and the state on exams. But just as essential as academic rigor is our students’ joy.

Excel Lower Charter School is a K–4 public school in Canarsie, Brooklyn (CSD 18).

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 music, science and physical education weekly.

Meet The Team 

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

Principal: Anna Bear Dallis

Director of Operations Resident: Denys Salas

Academic Director: Marisa Forbes-Ingram

Academic Director: Kristin Jefferson

Special Populations Coordinator: Maggie Westlake

Culture Manager: Amaya Santos 

Fast Facts

279 Students

Grades K-4

CSD 18, Canarsie Brooklyn

Opened in 2011

“Excel is a school that can get me where I need to be academically and bring me success with confidence.”

– Tamia, Excel 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, DOO here.
Phone: (347) 609-3918

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