Excel Lower School
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).
- 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 McCormack
Dean of Students: Heather Mitchell
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
655 Parkside Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Email: Calvin Massiah, DOO at
Phone: (718) 703-4484
188 Rochester Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Email: Stefani Gospodinova, DOO at
Phone: (646) 246-5345
1077 Remsen Ave, Brooklyn NY, 11236
Email: Claudia Tjong, DOO at
Phone: (718) 303-3245
443 St. Marks Ave, Brooklyn NY, 11238
Email: LaKiesha George, Principal at
Phone: (347) 609-3918