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Pre and Lower School Admissions

Dear Prospective Families:

Greetings from Brooklyn Heights! We are pleased that you are considering Packer for your child.

Founded in 1845, Packer serves students from Preschool through Upper School on a single campus of beautiful landmarked buildings. As you read our Admissions materials, you will see that Packer combines a rich and innovative educational program with a longstanding commitment to a dynamic and diverse community.

At Packer’s Preschool and Lower School, students develop the foundations and tools for learning in interactive and developmentally appropriate settings. Packer believes that academic growth rests on a solid base of positive social and emotional development. To foster this goal, we emphasize the building of classroom communities where students learn to cooperate and collaborate as well as work independently. As they grow intellectually and socially, our students are prepared to enter the Middle School as confident and effective members of the school community.

We invite you to visit Packer to observe firsthand the energy and excellence of our teachers and students. We are particularly excited for you to experience our newly renovated and expanded Lower School and our beloved and spacious garden, with its climbing structures and open play areas.

Kindergarten Small Group Tours are conducted in the spring. We encourage families to visit Packer during our Spring Tour season. At each small Kindergarten tour you will have the opportunity to tour the school and meet the admissions team. Tours begin promptly at 9:15 am and last for an hour.

To attend a tour please create an account via Ravenna and make a reservation. For further questions please contact Yvonne Menard at

Open Houses are conducted in the fall. In order to arrange a visit, please view our Open House Schedule. Please note that we do not expect to be able to admit students to Pre-K Fours or 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Grades. If spaces do become available, we will interview prospective students for those grades starting in mid-January.

We are delighted by your interest in Packer and look forward to assisting you in any way we can.

Denise Schwed
Director of Admissions
Pre and Lower School

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