Explore 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.

At this, our network’s flagship school, teachers and staff have served the community since we opened our doors in 2002.

Explore Lower serves students in grades k-5 in the Flatbush, Brooklyn (CSD 17) neighborhood.

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 and physical education weekly.

Meet The Team 

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

Principal: Casey Kean 

Director of Operations: Calvin Massiah

Director of Operations Resident: JungMin Park

Special Populations Coordinator: Kenya Bushell

K-2 Academic Director: Milda Theodule-Willix

3-5 Academic Director: Yasmene Kimble 

Academic Manager: Ferrian Palmer

Dean of Students: Erica Kaylor

Fast Facts

342 Students

Grades K-5

CSD 17, Flatbush Brooklyn

Opened in 2002

“Explore Schools is a great learning community that does their best to teach kids things they need to know in order to be successful. This community is full of hard working students who are expected to go to great high schools and colleges.”

– Ianna, Explore Student

All Lower Schools – Contact Information

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: Stefani Gospodinova, DOO at
Phone: (646) 246-5345

Excel Lower

Located at:
1077 Remsen Ave, Brooklyn NY, 11236

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

Exceed Lower

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

Email: LaKiesha George, Principal at
Phone: (347) 609-3918 

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