The Value Of A Chapin Education

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.

We understand that financing a Chapin education is a significant investment. It’s an investment in your child’s future. The return on investment at Chapin is an educational experience immersed in the ideals of the Chapin C’s; Character, Curriculum, and Community. Our graduates are ready to tackle the intellectual and social challenges of a rigorous secondary school while being leaders of character among their peers. At Chapin, your investment directly supports curriculum, programming, operations, and our facilities. We know tuition is expensive, and we understand the sacrifice, therefore we work tirelessly to make it worth it. We  also understand that not every student who is admitted to Chapin can afford to attend, so making Chapin as affordable as possible is an ongoing challenge and priority. Through financial aid, we strive to maintain a diverse socio-economic student population.

At Chapin, we are committed to maintaining unparalleled spaces in our nearly 90,000 square feet of facilities on our 14.5 acre campus. We are committed to small class sizes and individual experiences. We offer engaging curricular and co-curricular programming which includes:

  • Field trips

  • Innovative learning environments such as our design lab, outdoor classrooms, and garden

  • Year round athletics

  • Three world languages

  • Discovery classes, Show Choir, Musical Ensemble (Jazz, Strings, Vocal)

  • Secondary school counseling with personal attention

  • School-wide community service projects

Why Age Three Through Eight Grade is Great!

Why Age Three Through Eighth Grade? The research is telling us what Chapin School Princeton always knew. Kids feel safer, have a “greater sense of belonging” and are better prepared academically (Kamenetz). Why is this so?  At Chapin School Princeton, all of our time, effort and resources are focused on elementary and middle school children.  High schools dominate any school to which they are attached. Funding, sports, social issues, arts, music, and many other areas must defer to the high school students. Elementary and middle school students are left to feel like second class citizens, only able to aspire to high school and never able to celebrate their achievements.  Elementary and middle school students thrive when they are in an environment that allows them to be who they are developmentally. We recognize that first graders, fifth graders and eighth graders are not practicing for high school, college or adult life. They are learning, laughing and exploring. They cry and they cheer. Their experiences are just as valid, important, and vital to their development as those in high school.  Our curriculum, culture and community prepares students for every high school. Our students are ready socially and academically for the fast-changing world. They perform on stage, they give Open House tours, they join class discussions. They are advocates for themselves.  Works Cited Kamenetz, Anya. “Sixth Grade Is Tough; It Helps To Be 'Top Dog'.” NPR, NPR, 19 Sept. 2016,

Tuition and Fees 2018-19

Grade Tuition
PreK Explorers
$1944/per month for 5 full days.       
3 full days or 5 half days (8:00 – 12:30, lunch included) for $1,360 per month
Kindergarten $25,090
First  and Second $30,690
Third and Fourth
$30, 940
Fifth - Sixth $34,395
Seventh - Eighth $36,745

Additional Costs

There are additional fees for the After School Program and various clubs or activities. These programs are optional.