3 Steps To Admission


Step 1. Application

Create a Standard Application Online account and submit a completed application. Click on the Standard Application Online (SAO) link below to begin. To secure placement for September 2020, parents are advised to apply by February 2020.


Step 2. Student Visits and Testing

All applicants are required to spend a day at Chapin School. To set up a visit, call Karen Hepburn at 609-986-1702 or email khepburn@chapinschool.org

Applying for prekindergarten Explorers: Applicants have a family visit to meet the teacher and confirm program match. The evaluation lasts approximately 30 minutes. Students must be 3 by October 1.

Applying for kindergarten: Applicants visit for screening and playtime. The evaluation lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Students must be 5 by October 1. 

Applying for grades 1 – 8: Applicants spend the school day (8:15 a.m. -2:30 p.m.) with students in their current grade level. Applicants visiting Chapin for the school day must bring a snack, lunch and sneakers.


Applying for grades 1 - 8: Assessments are administered when the applicant visits Chapin for the day. Applicants will work one-on-one with teachers and in peer groups.

Applying for grades 6 - 8: The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is recommended. For test dates and registration go to SSAT.org.

Step 3. Notification

Applicants will be notified of final decisions by March 10, 2020.

Chapin School Princeton accepts applications from students regardless of age, race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, national, or ethnic origin.