About Us

At Chapin, our students learn. They learn how to ask questions. They learn how to experiment. They learn how to learn. 

We prepare students for the world and for a future that they will create. Stages, studios, playground, fields, gardens, or even Gaga pits are all classrooms for a quickly changing world. So are classrooms.  At Chapin, we never forget that students need to learn how to be successful as students in all classroom environments.

Every child deserves an environment where he or she can grow and learn. At Chapin School Princeton, we strongly believe that developing our students' character is just as important as providing a quality education.

Get to Know Chapin School

We are a private, elementary and middle school ranging rom age 3 (pre-k) through 8th grade. Chapin purposefully provides our students with a holistic and empowering education through rigorous curriculum, small class sizes, dedication to co-curriculars, and a focus on building character.

Lower School (Prekindergarten - 4th Grade)

Our Lower School curriculum offers core academic classes and classes in visual arts, music, physical education, world languages, library, and technology. Throughout this curriculum, a common purpose among all the classrooms is evident: creating a lifelong love of learning in our students. We also interweave our Character Development Program into all facets of our students' days.

Upper School (5th - 8th Grade)

We work hard to ensure that our Upper School students will be over prepared for secondary school by the time they graduate from Chapin. We offer courses in English, math, science, social studies, and world language. Our co-curriculars include art, choral and instrumental music, drama, leadership, community service, study skills, life studies, physical education, and technology.

Mission and Philosophy

Research shows that smaller class sizes benefit students' learning. We maintain favorable student-teacher ratios for each grade so that each student gets individual attention. At Chapin, we also strive to teach our children to be good people, so we emphasize the "Five Virtues”: Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Kindness, and Perseverance.

Why is Chapin Right for Your Family?

Attending Chapin can help students prepare to be successful at the most prestigious secondary schools in the area. Recent graduates are attending The Lawrenceville School, Peddie School, George School, Deerfield Academy, and more. Chapin brings together the entire family with community events and our parents' association, which is committed to creating a positive, inclusive and supportive environment that promotes partnership among parents, faculty and administration. Your children will flourish under our experienced teaching staff and our atmosphere of active learning and creative thinking.

Where We're Located

We are located in Princeton, NJ and are proud to serve families from Princeton, Lawrenceville, West-Windsor, Newtown Yardley and many other local communities.