Packer Collegiate Institute

170 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Founded as the Brooklyn Female Academy, the school took its current name in honor of William S. Packer, whose widow donated money to rebuild the original structure, which had burned in 1853. Coeducational since 1972, Packer Collegiate is located in the Brooklyn Heights historical district. Packer comprises a preschool and lower school (grades pre-K-4), a middle school (grades 5-8) and an upper school (grades 9-12). In the upper school, freshmen, sophomores and juniors have a fairly structured curriculum, while seniors have more scheduling flexibility. Students fulfill course and elective requirements in English, a foreign language, mathematics, humanities and American history, science and the arts. Advanced Placement classes and upper-level electives are available across the academic departments. Computer instruction begins in grade 1 and students in grades 5-12 purchase required laptop computers. Independent study is encouraged in grades 10-12, and a senior program allows interested students to pursue a self-designed course of study throughout the second semester. A science department program also provides opportunities for independent research. Travel abroad opportunities are offered and, each semester, a few juniors may enroll in Chewonki Semester School or the Rocky Mountain Institute. Beginning in the middle school, students are encouraged to participate in an array of extracurriculars. Student activities include clubs and organizations, artistic programs and athletics. Students in grades 9-11 are required to complete 15 hours of annual service to the school community or to the community at large, and all pupils in grades 5-12 attend a nonsectarian chapel assembly at least once a week.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 3)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address170 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Year Established1845
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorBruce L. Dennis
Total Enrollment997
Day Students997
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