Admission Process

Before applying, parents are encouraged to visit Chapin, explore the school's academic and extracurricular programs, as well as discuss their child's needs. Attending an Open House or a coffee and a tour is an excellent time to do this.

1. Application
Click on the link below to create an account and submit an application. There is a $60 application fee required for this application. Although there is no official deadline for applications, admission decisions are sent by March 10.  To secure placement, parents are advised to apply by mid-February.

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2. Admission Documents
A Recommendation Form must be completed by the applicant's current teacher and a transcript must be released from the current school. Instructions regarding these documents are detailed in the Application.

3. Student Visit and Testing
Please call the Admission Office at 609-986-1702 to schedule visits or to register for specific test dates.

Applying for prekindergarten and kindergarten: The applicant visits on a Saturday morning for screening and playtime.  Testing lasts approximately 45 minutes. Cut off dates: Pre-K students must be 4 years old by Sept.1 and Kindergarten students must be 5 by Sept. 1.           

All other applicants spend the entire school day (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.) with students in his/her current grade level.  Applicants visiting Chapin for an entire school day will need to bring a mid-morning snack, bag lunch and sneakers.

Applying for Grade 1 and 2: Testing is administered when the applicant visits Chapin for the day.

Applying for Grades 3 - 5: Testing is administered on a Saturday morning, lasting up to 2 hours. 

Applying for Grades 6 - 8: The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is required. For test dates and registration go to

4. Notification
Applicants will be notified of final decisions by March 10.

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