Extracurricular ProgramsThere are many extracurricular activities, organizations and sports available for Packer students in the Upper School. Participation gives each student the opportunity to influence school policy, share special interests, acquire new interests, compete against other New York independent school students and enjoy the company of other students outside of the classroom. Packer encourages students to make a serious commitment to extracurricular activities to enhance their academic experience.
Student Leadership: The Student Council represents students’ interests, facilitates communication within the school and coordinates student activities. The Student-Faculty Judiciary Committee is concerned with the atmosphere and tone of the school. It meets with students who do not adhere to the school’s policies and procedures and determines appropriate penalties. The Committee also examines those policies and procedures and may recommend improvements. The Peer Support Team is open to juniors and seniors who are selected and trained to facilitate discussions in preparation for conducting semester-long sessions with freshmen about their adjustment into the Upper School community. Peers as Leaders (PALS) provides leadership training to Upper School mentors for seventh grade students.
Clubs and Organizations: A wide range of school-sponsored clubs and activities expand classroom learning and offer the opportunity to pursue interests outside of the curriculum. The list of active clubs and organizations changes according to the interest level of the students. The following is a small sample of the active student groups at Packer: Amnesty International; Art; Brothers & Sisters (African-American Student affinity group); Community Service; Cooking Club; Cricket Club; Diversity Coalition; Earth Club; F.I.L.M Club (Fun in Loving Movies); GBSA (Gay-Bisexual Student Alliance); Japanese Anime Club; Marine Biology; Math Club; Multicultural Student Association; Model Congress; Quixotic (Literary Journal); Saborés Latinos; TEACH (Peer-tutoring Organization); Ultimate Frisbee Club; Women’s Forum.
Publications: Each of the three Upper School publications is produced by a student editorial staff. “Packer Current Items” (PCI) is Packer’s literary magazine. Students of all ages are invited to submit poetry, essays, stories and artwork to be published. “The Prism” is the school newspaper, which explores important issues in the life of the school and describes the events, activities and plans of the student government. This publication has received high accolades including awards from The Columbia School of Journalism. “The Pelican” is the annually published yearbook. Student photographers, copy editors and layout staff create this much anticipated pictorial record of the year.
Fine and Performing Arts: Students’ experiences in Dance, Instrumental and Vocal Music, Theater, and Visual Arts classes are enhanced by numerous concerts, plays and exhibits held throughout the year. Student dancers and choreographers, musicians and singers, actors, directors and stage crew, painters, sculptors and photographers have many opportunities to share their talents within and beyond the Packer community.
Athletics: A wide variety of sports are available for student athletes at Packer. All teams compete interscholastically with other New York area schools, particularly in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Sports offered include: Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ Soccer, Co-ed Cross-Country, Girls’ Volleyball, Co-ed Squash, Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Basketball, Co-ed Tennis, Co-ed Track and Field, Boys’ Volleyball, Boys’ Baseball and Girls’ Softball. Packer houses two full court gymnasiums. For field sports, athletes are transported by bus to fields in the vicinity.