Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of being part of a prekindergarten through grade 8 independent school?

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. Take a look at what research has said about the benefits of a dedicated elementary and middle school

How old does my child need to be to attend prekindergarten or kindergarten?

Prekindergarten children must be 4 years old by September 1, and kindergarten children must be 5 years old by September 1.

Where can I review the curriculum? 

Our Curriculum Overviews are available as downloads.  Review the curriculum on the Lower School Academics section and the Upper School Academics section.

What happens when my child graduates from Chapin?

The majority of our graduates go on to attend area independent schools.  Some move away to boarding schools and some attend their public school. Chapin provides assistance in secondary school placement. Read more on Graduation.

Is there a dress code?
There is no formal dress code for students in prekindergarten through grade 4, although standard gym clothes are required for physical education.  Students in grades 5 through 8 have a dress code that encourages an appearance that supports successful performance and reflects the appropriate tone of school life.

Are there after-school sports or activities? How much do they cost?

Chapin’s athletic programs are free and begin in fifth grade, except for cross country which begins in fourth grade. Chapin offers a daily After School Program, at additional cost, as a service to working parents. The school also offers a range of club activities after school, also at additional cost. Click here to learn more.

Are there any other additional costs to attending Chapin?

Tuition covers co-curricular programs such as athletic programs. Additional costs may incur for Lunch, After School Program, After School Clubs, and the purchase of some books and field trips for Grades 5 through 8. 

Does Chapin provide transportation?

Chapin does not provide its own transportation. Currently, buses that come to Chapin include that of Lawrence, Hopewell, Princeton, Mercer, West Windsor, Hamilton, and Pennsbury townships. Public school districts are obligated to provide transportation for your child within a certain radius of the school or provide a voucher. Contact your local public school for more information. Many parents also choose to carpool with other families.

How do we start the application process? 
We highly recommend visiting the school.  The best way to visit is to attend one of our Open Houses.  If you cannot attend any of the dates scheduled, please contact the Admissions Office to arrange a visit. After your visit, follow the steps outlined online or in the Admission materials by submitting an application and recommendation forms with an application fee.  If you are applying for Financial Aid it is suggested that you are mindful of deadlines as most Financial Aid is awarded by early spring.
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