Welcome to Packer
Located in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, Packer is an independent school offering a Pre-K through 12th Grade program that serves students from New York City, New Jersey, and Long Island.
From preschool through high school, our academic program directs young people to become critical thinkers as well as creative risk-takers. Our highly trained, collaborative faculty create age-appropriate academic challenges while providing the holistic support that young people need to realize their full potential in and out of school.
With small class sizes and attention to both intellectual and social-emotional growth, Packer students develop a sense of empowerment in all aspects of their lives. They are encouraged to explore their interests and to participate in the world around them. Whether in one of our classrooms, on stage, or on the athletic field, Packer students are confident, curious, and determined.
We believe that the best learning happens in a strong, joyful community of children and adults. In and out of the classroom, we cultivate empathy, inclusion, and kindness. A guiding tenet of our mission is to act with purpose and heart, and this is a philosophy that continually inspires us. We provide countless student-centered leadership opportunities for all age levels. Our strong sense of connectedness goes hand-in-hand with our emphasis on balance between the head and the heart.
We believe that a diverse and inclusive learning community is central to our students’ success — both at and after Packer.
We actively embrace the ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity that makes New York City a vibrant and dynamic metropolis. We seek to enroll students and families who represent this diversity, who share Packer’s values of equity, inclusion, and social justice, and who wish to learn from the experiences and perspectives of others.
Ensuring that a Packer education is accessible to students from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds is a longstanding commitment of our School. In 2021-22, Packer granted $11 million in financial aid to ensure that families at all income levels have access to the lifelong benefits of a Packer education.
Our students encourage me to be an activist instead of a bystander; to reimagine a cardboard box and old bottle caps as a robot; they show me shortcuts around the building when I find myself in a dead end (both literally and figuratively).
I am especially lucky in my job that I feel rewarded all of the time! I love when I take a chance on a student and then see them flourish here.
Portraits of members of the Packer community, plus essential information about Brooklyn’s oldest independent school
We use the Ravenna online application process.
Nearly 60 Upper School students serve as Middle School and Upper School Tour Guides for the Admissions Office. See what they have to say about Packer.