Chapin has no high school, and it never will. At Chapin, all of our time, efforts and resources are focused on elementary and middle school children. We believe, and the research supports it, that a small, PK- grade 8 school offers students significant advantages.
- Students at K-8 schools show greater growth in academic achievement.
- Parents and teachers at K-8 schools show greater satisfaction.
- Reduced numbers of transitions from school to school increases student achievement.
- Increased parental involvement at all grade levels.
- More opportunity for older students to serve as positive role models for younger students.
- Better behaved middle schoolers because of the presence and friendship of elementary students.
- Greater opportunities for curriculum continuity.
- More opportunity for teachers to get to know families better.
- A more personal, family atmosphere.
- A stronger sense of community.
So, what does this all mean?
- Our younger students enjoy a warm, home-like campus where they can feel both comfortable and uniquely important, the perfect environment in which to meet academic and personal challenges.
- Our middle school students are not “in the middle.” Our faculty inspires and encourages them as they become confident leaders in student government, Honor Council, community service and competitive sports.
- We come together often as a community for school-wide events; an eighth grader delights in a kindergarten dance performance, the Pre-K eagerly claims their first row seats at the end-of-the-year academic awards. Our school culture and Family Groups foster strong multi-age relationships to the long-lasting benefits of all.
- At the end of eighth grade, we graduate young men and women with strong character, academic depth and self-confidence, ready to take the next step, fully ready to succeed in high school.