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Chapin Chargers Solar Club shone bright at SolarJam 2018!

Chapin Shines Combing STEM Learning and Sustainability!
Chapin Chargers Solar Club shone bright at SolarJam 2018! Solar Jam is a solar powered car race offered to all student engineers grades 3-8. It is a fun way to practice engineering skills and be a part of the Renewable Energy Revolution! Chapin's team work and effort in the after-school club "shone" through!  Massimo Ravotto and Anderson Taylor won first place and second place, respectively, in the elementary division. Massimo Ravotto won the entire competition in the Elementary and Middle School final race! What a true testament to the fusion of sustainability and STEAM learning that is the Chapin School Princeton Curriculum. 

Chapin School Princeton 8th Graders Design, Build and Launch Canoes.

Chapin School Princeton 8th graders completed a year-long project that resulted in three “lake-worthy” canoes launching at Lake Mercer in Mercer County Park.  

Experiential learning has always been a core element of Chapin’s curriculum.  Chapin 8th graders worked in three groups, using all of the tools necessary to craft the canoes from scratch while utilizing design thinking and collaborative learning to build a 
 canoe ready for a successful launch! 

The ships were more than capable of withstanding the lake waters, and our brave lake-farers returned to shore unscathed, a little wet, and exhilarated to have accomplished such a feat! 

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Chapin School Princeton Students Shine at Music in the Parks!

Chapin School's Chamber Choir, Show Choir, Jazz Band, and Wind Ensemble participated along with six other school ensembles in the High Note Festival in New Egypt, NJ.  Our 73 students performed musical selections before distinguished judges in the field, who awarded them a rating as well constructive comments.  The Show Choir, Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble came away with the second highest rating of "Excellent" and the Chamber Choir was given the highest rating of "Superior".  As part of the festival, the students enjoyed a few hours of recreation at Six Flags Great Adventure following their performances.
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Chapin School Princeton Students Experience Shakespeare!


It was an all-day event filled with school performances, critique from professional theatre directors, and fun Shakespeare activities led by a Master of the Revels. Chapin students bravely volunteered to go up on stage and improvise Shakespeare in front of an audience. The entire day was a celebration of a love for Shakespeare's work.

Chapin students not only performed on a professional stage, but they also had the great opportunity to watch performances of Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, King John, Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer, and various scenes.

The Chapin Middle School students were the youngest kids there, as a majority of the performers were in high school. The kids did an awesome job performing their play: "The Most Lamentable Comedy and the Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe!" They received a standing ovation, three Chapin thespians won awards, and Chapin School won the top award of the day: "Spirit of the Festival Award."

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Chapin School Princeton Class of 2018 Accepted to Prestigious Secondary Schools

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Chapin School Princeton Students Succeed at Mercer Science and Engineering Fair

Princeton, NJ, March 29, 2018

Over their Spring Break, Chapin students participated in and found great success at the Mercer Science and Engineering fair!

From left to right:

Outstanding Achievement: Physical

Daniel Kardashi ‘19

Where's The WiFi?


Meritorious Achievement:  Biological

Anoushka Sharma ‘19

Decomposable Milk Buttons


Honorable Mention: Physical

Emilie Evju ‘19

Rockin' Candy

The students work grew from Chapin’s annual Curriculum Fair, which showcases work students do across disciplines, but seventh graders focus on a long-term STEAM and design-based project. These were just a few of the many interesting and challenging projects Chapin students worked on for the Curriculum Fair.


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Chapin School Art Teacher Featured in Town Topics!

Chapin Upper School Art Teacher, Tanya Vail, is featured in today's Town Topics Newspaper "Profiles in Education". Here's an excerpt:

"Vail emphasized the positive environment for art and education at Chapin. Noting the character development program and the focus on every individual and that individual’s needs, she observed, 'I’ve never worked in a place where the faculty is so dedicated to what is good for the students.

'This is a special place. It gives students the kind of freedom they need, setting the bar high and saying, ‘This is what we expect. As long as you do this, we can work together. We’re going to trust you.’ I see a level of maturity in kids that graduate from here that I’ve never seen in any other middle school.'"

Pre-K and Summer Programs for ages 3 and 4!
 Chapin students at summer camp - Princeton, NJ - Chapin School
Join our full-day Preschool Explorer Summer Camp series. Created especially for the curious minds of 3 and 4 year-olds! Engaging weekly themes integrating STEAM, ART, MUSIC, NATURE, and SPORTS with trained teachers. Laugh, learn, and play throughout the day in our garden and outdoor classroom. Continue to love learning throughout the summer.
Full day:
Weekly registration options available.
A safe, nurturing environment where
young children flourish as learners.
June 11th through August 17th
(Closed July 2nd through July 6th)
For more information about the Chapin Summer Experience, contact: 
Sharon Gomberg
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Chapin Wins Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards!

For the fourth year in a row, Chapin is a Scholastic Award winning school!

For the fourth year in a row, Chapin is a Scholastic Award winning school!
Our recipients this year are:

Anny Shi, Art, Honorable Mention, Drawing and Illustration

Kai Samad, Art, Honorable Mention, Photography

Anoushka Sharma, Art, Honorable Mention, Photography

Kathy Cao, Art, Honorable Mention, Drawing and Illustration

Sophie Yang, Writing, Silver Key, Poetry

There were 4,200 total submissions in our region.

–There were only 1,300 winners total divided between Gold, Silver, and Honorable Mention.
–That means that only 30% of those 4,200 entries receive any recognition whatsoever…70% get no recognition at all.

Special shout out to art teacher Mrs. Vail for all the hard work she puts in shepherding our artists!
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Chapin School Princeton's Science Olympiad Charges Ahead!

Science Olympiad at a Private School in Princeotn

 A huge congrats to our inaugural Science Olympiad team who placed 2nd place in Battery Buggy Event and 7th in Potions and Poisons in Chapin’s very first competition! STEAM CHARGED! #scienceolympiad

Our students are ready for the best private high schools in the country

Inspired. Confident. Ready.
In the past five years, Chapin students have been able to choose from the following schools for their secondary school matriculation:

The Lawrenceville School, Deerfield Academy, Philips Exeter Academy, Peddie School, Hun School of Princeton, Pennington School, Princeton Day School, George School, Princeton High School, and many others.   

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Chapin Graduates Named All-Prep Runners in High School!

Private School Cross Country runners become stars in private high schools!

Huge Congrats to All-Prep runners and Chapin grads Emily Moini and Jesse Brewer! Jesse was also named "Runner of the Year"! Not too long ago they were running for the Chapin Chargers!

(Photos courtesy of Steve Gingo, their former coach)

Times of Trenton Girls Cross Country: All-Area/CVC, All-Prep Teams, 2017 

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After-School Learning is So Important for Kids!

Private School students compete in science and math competitions.


This year Chapin’s Lower and Upper Schools have embarked on an enrichment program that extends the S.T.E.A.M. and

 design-process based classroom curriculum into a team and competition oriented after-school program. The response to these new opportunities has been truly amazing. Math Olympiad, Science Olympiad, Jr. Science Olympiad, Mock Trial and First Robotics have swept through Chapin and the classrooms are full of students learning and thinking in ways that will truly prepare them for the future.

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Who Has the Best Private School Community?

Hint: It’s Who We Are!



Private School students in Princeton

People who care, do their best, work together, give to others, share, think and support.  At the Lower School meeting, Mrs. Lindsey highlighted all of the things that make our community great, and those things are the essence of who we are.

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Find Out About Chapin’s Amazing Pre-K Program!

pre-k private school having fun!
The Margaret A. Wilby School for Early Learning encourages pre-k children to build out their curiosity and to wonder at the world around them. We give children the right strategies and the right road map to reach their highest potential in a safe, nurturing environment.  
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Congratulations to the amazing Chapin School Class of 2017!

Chapin Graduates Are Inspired, Confident, and Ready.

Our soon-to-be graduates are inspiring. They are articulate, confident, courageous, and passionate. Their time at Chapin has prepared them well. 

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Chapin wins the national Green Cup Recycle Challenge!

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Barbara Pasteris Appointed Chapin Head of School

Dear Chapin Community,

I first came to Chapin in 1987 as a second grade teacher. Nathaniel W. Peirce was the Head of School, campus consisted of separated buildings, there were discussions about adding prekindergarten, and a new playground was being installed. The landscape now looks remarkably changed, and it is inspiring to reflect on the growth of the school and its community over the years. Always a teacher at heart, I transitioned to working in Admissions, Secondary School Placement, and most recently to Assistant Head of School. These various roles have provided me the opportunity to see Chapin from many vantage points. From each view, however, one principle has proved true time and time again - what is best for the children, is best for Chapin. It is this basic tenet that brought me to Chapin, and it is why I stay.

It was early on in my tenure that I realized relationships are the cornerstone of the Chapin community.

Whether one’s responsibilities are in the classroom, the front office, or in the kitchen, it is abundantly clear that every faculty and staff member is always “all in” for the children and for each other. The other integral piece is our dedicated community. It is our shared belief in and commitment to the mission that propels us forward, together. We value character as much as we value academics. While there was a formal launch of the Character Program, we have always embodied the five virtues - Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, and Perseverance – in everything we do.

I am keenly aware of the responsibility that the faculty, staff, and I have in educating your children. It is with the utmost faith that you entrust your children to us every morning. It is with a great sense of obligation and joy that we strive to create an environment in which students can achieve their highest potential and be their best selves. There is much on the horizon, and I am confident that we, as a community, will make great things happen for Chapin, and most importantly, for our children.

I am excited to work with each and every one of you to strengthen the student experience from prekindergarten through eighth grade.

Warmest regards,

Barbara P. Pasteris

Head of School

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For the first time in its history, Chapin School Princeton competed in the OASIS Solar Jam Solar Car competition. The 4th annual competition, run by Andrew Lloyd of Princeton Day School drew 60 participants from Princeton Day School, Stuart Country Day, Chapin School, Hopewell Valley Regional Schools, and Cedar Hill Prep.

The Chapin students began building their solar cars in April in the Solar Car Club run by Academic Technologist Pauline DiMaiuta  and Lower School Head Shana Lindsey. The students ran in heats of three for the elimination to the final eight. The outstanding results for Chapin’s team include:
3rd place: Peter Merk, 3rd grade Chapin
2nd place: Anderson Taylor, 3rd grade Chapin
1st place: Jayden Davis, 3rd grade
Chapin OVERALL WINNER in BOTH divisions (3-8): Jayden Davis!
This was a team effort and the sportsmanship was fantastic! Chapin is so proud of their work, dedication, and support of each other.


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 For the 12th consecutive year, Chapin music ensembles participated in the annual Music in the Parks Festival, this year held in Middletown, NJ. Chapin’s Chamber Choir, Show Choir, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, totaling 83 students, were among the 19 ensembles participating on Friday, May 5th.  Ensembles performed before a panel of judges who assessed each performance, provided written and verbal feedback, and rated each ensemble based on a set of criteria.


Our musicians and performers were honored with the following commendations:

  • Overall Middle/Junior High School Vocalist Award:  Gillian Bartels-Quansah

  • Show Choir:  Excellent

  • Chamber Choir:  Excellent

  • Wind Ensemble:  Good

  • Jazz Band:  Excellent

Congratulations to all and our great faculty, Bridget MacDonald, Missy McCormick, and Desi Melegrito who stewarded them through hours of rehearsal and practice to these great honors.
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