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Welcome to Packer

Located in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, Packer offers a co-educational Pre-K through 12th Grade program that serves students from New York City, New Jersey, and Long Island.

Our Program

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.

Our Community

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.  

Our Commitment to Diversity

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. 

Diversity and Equity at Packer

Affording a Packer Education

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. 

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Meet Our Directors

Denise Schwed
Director of Preschool and Lower School Admissions

I have spent the bulk of my professional life teaching and working at Packer. I started here as a young teacher and loved it so much I never left!

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Sheila Bogan
Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions, Director of Financial Aid

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.

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Packer Viewbook

Packer Admissions Viewbook Cover

Portraits of members of the Packer community, plus essential information about Brooklyn’s oldest independent school

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We use the Ravenna online application process.

Meet Our Tour Guides for Middle and Upper School

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.

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Meet the Pre and Lower School Admissions Team

Yvonne Menard

Preschool & Lower School Admissions Coordinator

Jansen Po

Associate Director of Pre and Lower School Admissions

Denise Schwed

Director of Preschool & Lower School Admissions

Meet the Middle and Upper School Admissions Team

Sheila Bogan

Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions and Financial Aid

Sara Goin

Middle School and Upper School Admissions Coordinator

Nicolas Morton

Assistant Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions and Assistant Director of Financial Aid

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