Empower Lower Charter School is a K–5 public school located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. We opened our doors in 2009 and we are the second school in the Explore Schools network. Empower Lower partners with Empower Upper Charter School to provide its students with a K–8 academic experience in preparation for success in a college-preparatory high school. We are a nurturing community that prioritizes meeting students’ individual needs and working closely with families.

At Empower Lower, our scholars come first. Knowing our scholars as individuals is fundamental to who we are and is critical to our success. Community is everything to us; this is illustrated through our Principal – Thomas Anthony – who greets every scholar by name each morning.  Many of the adults in our community have known our scholars since they were in kindergarten.

We also know we cannot do the incredible work we do without our partnership with families. Empower is a community of families and educators working together to prepare students to be successful in high school, college, and beyond. Our school works hand in hand with families to make this happen, and we welcome the input and support that our families provide.

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Empower is an amazing school. They keep their expectations high for every student. They continuously look for ways to develop and grow each student. Always empowering in every way.

– Empower Lower Parent