Queens Explorers Academics

Our Integrated Curriculum

Our students engage deeply in the subject area content and grade-level standards in the context of real-world issues. We have created an interdisciplinary curriculum that incorporates science and social studies content into the English language arts and math curriculum. Our research-based approach makes learning more engaging and meaningful. Here are some things to know:

  • Our interdisciplinary curriculum fully meets all New York State and NYCDOE grade-level standards for English language arts, math, science, and social studies. It is a coordinated curriculum that spans all grade levels.
  • We use a hands-on, inquiry-based approach called Project-Based Learning (PBL). Students engage deeply with content through in-depth themed units that culminate in a final project.
  • Our PBL units and service learning projects support development of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity along with essential academic skills.
  • In addition to the core academic areas, students have art, music and gym classes. Grades 3 – 5 have art and/or music three times per week.

Learning Through Service

Our service learning projects set our school apart and prepare our students to be leaders in their communities and the world! Each student completes five service learning projects each year. These projects integrate academics, critical thinking, creativity, and leadership skills as students work together to answer questions, solve real-world problems, and raise funds for local and global causes. Each project begins with “Guiding Questions” that support inquiry-based learning and connect to our academic curriculum.

Believe in the Creatures of the Deep Blue Sea

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Our World Counts

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Student Leadership Program-Student Change Agents, Grades 2-5

QE produces socially conscious, critically minded, and globally aware student leaders.

Our students make decisions to improve the school environment and policies. We empower them to be agents of change in their local and global communities. They also host fundraisers, lead campaigns, and plan events to engage their peers, teachers, and community.


We have a technology-enriched curriculum to support learning and help students develop important technology skills.

  • Students have access to laptops or iPads in the classroom through our 1:1 technology initiative.
  • Teachers integrate apps and programs such as Google Slides, Chatterpix, Popplet, and Scratch Junior to support and enhance learning.
  • Classrooms are equipped with smartboards to support interactive, technology-based instruction.
  • Our Maker Space Engineering Room is equipped with technology, craft supplies, and recycled materials to promote hands-on learning.
  • All students receive additional instruction in computer skills on a rotating basis during recess time.

QE Broadcasting Team -Student Broadcasting & Journalism

QE provides students with a platform to gather information, interview sources, raise issues, report news, share stories, and their ideas using student-led television programs, and social media.