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.
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.
Every year, Packer grants nearly $9 million of financial aid to ensure that families at all income levels have access to the lifelong benefits of a Packer education. Whether you have questions about affording Packer, our application process, or our academic program, we are here to help you in every way we can.
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!
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.
We offer Open Houses for Preschool, Kindergarten, and Upper School in the fall, while also offering Middle School Group Tours.
Nearly 60 Upper School students serve as Tour Guides for the Admissions Office. See what they have to say about Packer.