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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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Chapin School Princeton Student wins awards at the First Robotics World Championship!

Anushka Chintamaneni '19 with her award

Anushka Chintamaneni and her team excelled at the First Robotics World championship at St. Louis last week, winning the Judges Award for "STEM INSPIRATION" (one of six Judges Awards presented). They placed 9th in "Robot Run" against 103 teams from across the world. Congratulations to Anushka  for all the hard work and dedication it takes to achieve such heights in the competitive world of team robotics!

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Chapin School Princeton Students Win S.T.E.A.M. Awards

Chapin School Princeton Students Win S.T.E.A.M. Awards

Chapin Scientists are Inspired, Confident, and Ready.

Aria Sangha, Kathy Cao, and Lily Tsahalis

Chapin's seventh grade students won four awards at the recent Mercer County Science & Engineering Fair. Their intensive research and dedication to the process of scientific experimentation showed in their intriguing and challenging projects.

Congratulations to:

Kathy Cao - Honorable Mention for "The Effects of Temperature on Paper Chromatography of Ink"

Lily Tsahalis - Outstanding Achievement for "It's Too Loud"

Aria Sangha -  3rd place Theobald Smith Society Microbiology Award and Meritorious Achievement for "The Five Second Rule”

Best STEAM Summer Camp in NJ returns to Chapin!

The International Ivy Summer Enrichment Program is dedicated to providing fun and intellectually-stimulating experiences to fuel young people's interest and creativity. Summer is a great time to explore. We design our classes to be creative and hands-on. Kids design video games, build robots, tinker with the engineering of gadgets, conduct experiments and make films. We believe kids learn best by doing.

There are over sixty classes to choose from in STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. At International Ivy, we are open to all students and thrive on their joy and laughter.

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Chapin School Princeton: An Independent Private School

Our elementary school and middle school students graduate ready for success in secondary school and life!
Our elementary school and middle school students graduate ready for success in secondary school and life! 
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Open House at Chapin School Princeton!

Join us for an Open House at Chapin School Princeton! Take a tour guided by Chapin 8th graders, have questions answered by administration, faculty and parents, and, most importantly, experience Chapin! 
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Upper School Textbook Ordering

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