Explore Upper School

Our Program

At Explore Upper 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.

Our teachers craft lessons that balance structure with independence—empowering students to succeed not just in teams, but on their own.

Serving students in grades 6 through 8, Explore Upper School is located in Flatbush, Brooklyn (CSD 17).

School Highlights

  • Our Common Core-aligned curricula emphasize critical thinking and rigor, helping our students develop the skills they need for college-preparatory high schools.
  • Our High School Placement Coordinator works with each 8th grader to help them find college-preparatory high schools aligned to their unique interests and needs. 
  • Our students participate in a wide array of enrichment activities—including art, dance, music, and physical education weekly.

Meet The Team 

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

Principal: Karen Hicks

Director of Operations: Godwina Titus

Academic Director: Shipnia Bytyqi

Academic Manager: Winsome McIntosh

Academic Coordinator: Chelsea Padilla

Special Populations Manager: Jade Guy

Dean of Students: Lysaine Augustin

Fast Facts

185 Students

Grades 6–8

CSD 17, Flatbush Brooklyn

Opened in 2002

“For me, Explore Schools means somewhere that you go to learn and try the best you can, so in the future when you go to high school and college, you can make your dreams come true.”

– Elias, Explore Upper School Student

All Upper Schools

Explore Upper

Located at:
655 Parkside Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226

Email: Godwina Titus, DOO here.
Phone: (347) 496-8770

Empower Upper

Located at:
188 Rochester Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Email: Alain Balan, DOO here.
Phone: (718) 771-2090

Excel Upper

Located at:
956 East 82nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11236

Email: Operations Team, here.
Phone: (929) 345-0209

Exceed Upper

Located at:
46 McKeever Place, Brooklyn, NY

Email: Claudine Beaubrun, DOO here.
Phone: (347) 689-0200

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Contact Us


Explore Schools
20 Jay Street, Suite 211
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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