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, playgrounds, 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.

Mission

Chapin is dedicated to the belief that lifelong habits of the mind and heart are formed in the elementary and middle school years. Chapin provides a richly textured education that inspires academic achievement and builds strength of character. Within a diverse, caring and supportive community, we prepare our students to meet the future with skill, confidence, determination and generosity of spirit.

Philosophy

We believe that students learn best in a supportive, encouraging and diverse community. Chapin shares a commitment to each child's academic, emotional, ethical, creative, physical, and social development.  In small classes that promote active learning, dedicated faculty create environments where critical thinking, effective communication, creativity and curiosity flourish. Encountering challenges that lead to success, students develop a positive sense of self. A strong commitment to Chapin's five virtues (respect, responsibility, honesty, kindness, and perseverance) foster an environment for character development that complements our rigorous academic programs.