School Details

Explore Charter School

655 Parkside Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226
(718) 703-4484
6

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 498 students 12 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

35%
21%
32%
57%
27%
42%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #17 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

30%
24%
33%
58%
28%
43%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #17 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

19%
20%
30%
63%
25%
40%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #17 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

18%
17%
29%
66%
19%
38%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #17 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

12%
17%
29%
37%
13%
33%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #17 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

25%
20%
36%
33%
13%
22%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #17 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Explore Charter School is a charter middle school in New York. 498 students attend Explore Charter School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 2% of the Explore Charter School students have "limited English proficiency." 72% of the 498 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Explore Charter School is 12:1. Ms 246 Walt Whitman is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 94% 86%
Hispanic 6% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Multiracial 0% %
Asian 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72% 83%
Limited English proficiency 2% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Also replying to the person who had a recent phone interview... I agree with the previous responder. They will typically offer a salary nearly comparable to the DOE (sometimes a bit less) but you will be required to work much longer hours and more days. Your voice will not matter if you try to point out that something is not right in how children are being served. If you have no other job offers at least make sure you ask for more than their first salary offer. There is money in the budget for this. (Years ago there was a teacher rep on the board and that person learned of those budget funds.) Last school year four people from the support services team (out of six positions) resigned during the school year. The SS supervisor who was in large part responsible for those great teachers choosing to leave was promoted for this school year. While leadership is incompetent you will adore the students. If you are an experienced knowledgeable and compassionate educator you may feel frustrated with the school's values. They have at times hired first-year Teach for America (no experience or certification) teachers to serve Sp Ed kids so they would be VERY lucky to have you!

  • (8 months ago)

    Replying to the most recent comment. Salaries vary widely. Seems the general pay structure goes something like this hire loads of Teach for America and 1st year teachers and pay them very little (less than DOE when you account for required hours worked). Teachers with experience sometimes get paid a bit more than DOE but sometimes get paid the same. Leadership favorites get paid quite a bit. Leadership gets paid WAY too much. The money that they save hiring so many 1st year teachers is used to line the pockets of leadership. And kids with behavioral issues ARE academically challenged. They act out because 1) that's their nature and 2) kids aren't respected at that school. Students are expected to respond to robotic commands (Slant Level 0 etc). Kids who reject that level of control are set off by this school. There are no behavioral expectation modifications for kids w/ ED for instance. At this point in the year you might not have options and you might just have to take the job if offered but if you have options stay away. Far away. And be pleasant to leadership never question them and just play the game... then get out next year. Good luck. I too was a support specialist.

  • (8 months ago)

    I just had a phone interview with this school and was asked to come in to meet with a leadership team and walk them through a lesson. It is for an elementary learning specialist position..which is just another word for special education teacher. I am just curious about their special education program and what the average salary typically is. The comments that I have read for this past school year make me a little apprehensive about accepting a position. I have a lot of special education experience with a concentration in severely disabled. It was expressed to me during the interview that negative behavior occurs because that students are not being challenged enough. I was also curious about starting salary range. Any information would be greatly appreciated

  • (9 months ago)

    I taught at Explore for multiple years. It used to be a community of experienced and quality teachers strong family involvement decent to good leadership with a strong curricular vision (especially in math) and trust. This past year Explore's community lost all of these things. We had no principal no PTA and saw a mass exodus of the teaching staff. Many staff members were fired throughout the year and the large number that are not returning left for various reasons among them a lack of quality leadership (they were bosses and not leaders) little to no space for teacher independence and creativity the emergence of co-teaching with a large class size (30 students) and a philosophical misalignment with the recent "no-excuses" approach of the school. I know that families in the community need Explore to be the place that it once was. No they need it to be better than it was at its best. I encourage Explore families to create a PTA and continue to voice their concerns with leadership.

  • (10 months ago)

    I worked at Explore during the 12-13 school year. I was directly out of grad school fresh and eager to teach and make an impact on my students. The recruiters picked up on my passion for teaching and hired me. In fact they were great at hiring great faculty who cared and wanted to grow as educators. Too bad they couldn't respect us. The "coaching" they deliver is demeaning and borders on workplace harassment. Any minute you never know they'll pop in your room and start typing away at their keyboard later only to let you know everything you did wrong (according to their cultish rules that you are required to follow) and instruct you of your "next steps". Forget about wanting to develop into the teacher you want to be full of your own idiosyncrasies your own ideas and your unique talents. Nope! Want to treat students as individuals? Nope not allowed. And if you dare speak up watch out...! Anyhow I left the school when I discovered who my bosses would be the next year. They would follow the typically valued Explore person-in-charge prototype inexperienced in both teaching and leadership and willing to act as a vehicle to deliver the head honcho's egotistical demands.

  • (11 months ago)

    I taught at Explore for seven years (left in 2012). It is simply NOT the amazing school it used to be. FIFTEEN teachers left during the most recent school year many quitting others fired for myriad reasons. This alone is a major red flag for any prospective teacher thinking about accepting a job here. The leadership is uneven some wonderful and passionate about empowering teachers to do their best. Many have MINIMAL teaching experience themselves and have forgotten what's important for educators and for students. There is NO principal; they went the entire year without one. Proficient and exemplary people leave Explore in droves because they are forced to comply with unnecessary time consuming tasks that stem from an administration that at its core doesn't trust them. There also is no PTA very concerning. Explore is an organization that is buckling under the pressure from higher-ups to achieve at all costs regardless of the developmental appropriateness of the curricula. Gifted educators have passed through its doors and have left disillusioned with the profession never wanting to step in a classroom again. Think very hard before accepting a position at this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Principle leadership should not be 5 stars especially there have not been a principle all school year. The school has changed principles 2 time while my child attends this school. This school has no direction no leadership not bad but needs improvement on their organization. I think the school could improve with better leadership better teaching methods reinforcement to the children having difficulty learning tutoring programs as oppose to no one having time to provide extra. The children are not challenged much and it shows in each lower grade by the way they write (whether it is a story or just penmanship). This school was once great is slacking and needs improvement. Majority of the faculty cares though especially the ones in the office. I love the parental involvement and the children I have encountered are well mannered and seems eager to learn.

  • (2 years ago)

    oh no this place is horrible..the teachers are distant and cold..all they do is rush through lessons and eat pizza all day..there is no real focus or mission from anyone...DO NOTSEND YOUR CHILD HERE OR TO ANY RELATED SCHOOL..

  • (2 years ago)

    Explore is not a good school anymore since the move to M.S.2. My son is in the second grade and his class is crowded with 33 students and two "teachers." My son's academics have plumeted recently and he's starting to have attention problems as well as frequent calls home for behavioral issues. I'm very dissapointed with the responses I receive whenever I inquire about my son's academics as I feel staff are more concerned with negavtives such as talking in class or not paying attention. If his homework is not submitted I have to bring it to his teachers' attention! I called his teachers as well as e-mailed them three days before the start of the christmas break to report that he didn't receive a homework package. I didn't receive a call back until 4 days after he went back to school. I ended up buying him some workbooks to keep him busy. Safety is usually a priority except for the time when my son "couldn't be found for 45 minutes!" He was later found in the bathroom. This incident happened a second time three weeks ago for 30 minutes this time. I'm in the process of finding another school for him to attend for the 2012 - 2013 school year because he's going to be left back.

  • (4 years ago)

    should I try this school like seriously i am not sure any ideas at all

  • (5 years ago)

    Explore is an excellent school for students and parents. They do an amazing job at keeping parents well informed about the students' progress or the lack of it. The curriculum is challenging and engaging. On top of the academics the school is well organized and the children are learning in a safe and disciplined environment. Thank you Explore Community!

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a really good school for students that love to learn and work at what there doing.It's also good for high school prep.

  • (8 years ago)

    I must say Explore Charter School is very informative for children and parents. I am very satisfied with the academic program as well as the progress I've seen in my son since he began in 20004. I would highly recommend Explore to anyone in search of a great school. Satisfied Mom )

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