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Why Packer

Learn what makes Packer different, directly from the people who know best: our students and faculty.

Our Community

Sadie S.
Class of 2022

Something I love about my fellow Packer students is how kind we are to each other. No matter what grade you are in or where you may be, there is always the feeling of respect and inclusivity.

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Bruce L. Dennis
Head of School

I love my colleagues' dedication and commitment to their students, and am constantly impressed by their high level of engagement with our students.

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Becca H.
Class of 2018

I have learned so much from my teachers, about life and academics. Without them, I truly would not be the person I am today.

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Class of 2026

What I love about the teachers at Packer is that they pay so much attention to you. They’re all kind. You actually feel loved.

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Adam Choice
Associate Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions

I am constantly learning from our students. From Independent Science Research and Independent Study projects, to student-led workshops, they are truly knowledgeable and thoughtful. They bring a passion to their everyday lives at Packer.

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From the sense of warmth you'll feel as soon as you walk in, to the relationships that take root here, to the events and traditions that we are passionate about, here are some of the reasons we think our community is pretty special.   

Student Experience

Mike D.
Class of 2018

Dance and basketball have been what hold me together. My coach and my dance teacher constantly coordinated with each other to help me balance both of my loves.

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Class of 2026

Our teachers make everything seem exciting. You don’t even realize you’re learning a new skill. 

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Dana H.
Class of 2022

There's something so empowering about being in a room with people who are passionate about the same things you are and working towards a common goal.

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Alex E.
Class of 2022

It’s nice having one main campus because I have made connections with everyone: kids I've been in classes with and in other grades, even teachers.

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Archie C.
Class of 2019

“Students become more confident with their own voices because of the independence and self-advocacy that are taught at Packer.”

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We provide the kind of opportunities and support that allow students to achieve more than they think they are capable of, in and out of the classroom.

Our Diversity and Equity Work

Class of 2018

I have always seen diversity work at Packer as an opportunity to give the student body a new perspective and make them aware of certain social or school-specific issues. Diversity work helps make Packer students more socially aware.

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Class of 2026

There are a lot of things we do, like Lower School Assemblies, to make sure everyone treats everyone fairly. 

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Dallas Rico
Upper School Spanish Teacher

Diversity enhances the educational experiences of everyone because we learn about each other's backgrounds and perspectives.

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Semeka Smith-Williams
Director of Diversity and Equity

I am motivated when I watch our student leaders take a topic and bring their ideas to it, and then witness their readiness to explore challenging questions.

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Class of 2022

I have discovered a passion for activism during my time in Middle School. Packer values its students' voices and teachers encourage students to speak up for what they believe in.

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Diversity and Equity are guiding principles at Packer. We are committed to building and sustaining a community that reflects the great diversity of our city. 

Global Learning

Cameron Lemley
Upper School Math Teacher

Math teachers have just as a great a responsibility as humanities teachers to promote global literacy in the classroom. Mathematics is a universal language that can be used to effect positive social change.

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Mia-Nathalie P.
Class of 2022

This year I joined Level Up Village, which is a STEM club, where we interacted with students from Zimbabwe in making solar paneled flashlights. I had an amazing time bonding with other 7th and 8th Graders and learned about my love for STEM.

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Austin H.
Class of 2026

It’s good to learn about not just our country but other countries, studying the people there, what their traditions are, what their religions are, what they do.

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Tené Howard
Director of Global Programs and Community Engagement

Our global programs very deliberately put our students at the center of their own learning and expand what it means to be a citizen of our world.

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Ellie H.
Class of 2019

I expected the Cambodian people to harbor resentment from the suffering caused by Khmer Rouge. Instead, I was amazed by the effort that was made to overcome the pain of the genocide, and by the love and hope for the future they expressed to us. That is what made our interactions so genuine: we were welcomed into the culture authentically.

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Our students learn that the world is a complex and dynamic place — one that we are all members of and where constructive change is always possible. 

Our Campus

Ella S.
Class of 2019

I love that Packer manages to be a very urban campus while simultaneously maintaining some green space with the Garden.

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Rashad Randolph
Upper School Spanish Teacher

My favorite spaces are the Commons and Student Center. They're the crossroads of Packer.

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Class of 2020

I love Packer’s campus. There are so many hidden treasures in the building that can be explored.

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Alex E.
Class of 2022

It’s nice having one main campus because I have made connections with everyone: kids I've been in classes with and in other grades, even teachers.

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Class of 2026

In Kindergarten you go on tons of field trips — to museums, to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, to MoMA.

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Packer's beautiful and historic campus is at the crossroads of Downtown Brooklyn and the Heights. Our soaring 19th-century architecture and generous outdoor space are the perfect complements to our 21st-century academic program.

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