Mission & History

About Chapin

Founded by Maria Bowen Chapin in 1901, Chapin is an independent day school, grades Kindergarten through 12, dedicated to the intellectual and personal growth of young women. Under the direction of Dr. Patricia Hayot, a rigorous liberal arts program prepares students for further academic study and encourages the development of curiosity, creativity and integrity.

Mission statement

The Chapin School prepares a diverse and talented community of young women to thrive and lead in a global society through its dedication to academic excellence, personal integrity and community responsibility. Chapin cultivates in each student a love of learning, independent thinking, emotional resilience and a dedication to serving others.

Chapin's Commitment to Diversity

Chapin is committed to diversity in its culture, curriculum and program. Believing that an equitable, inclusive community is essential to learning, Chapin actively seeks families, faculty and staff who bring a range of experiences to the school. Chapin embraces and respects differences in age, ethnicity, gender, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic class. Expecting and requiring respect for others are hallmarks of our educational process.

For more on diversity at Chapin, click here.

Chapin's Commitment to Sustainability

The Chapin School is committed to prioritizing efforts that advance sustainable living. Through practice, teaching, and sharing, community members promote conscientious use of resources, thoughtful regard for the environment, and innovative use of materials and technologies. Chapin believes that global solutions begin locally and, as a community, will rise to face our world's challenges. Members of our community will play leadership roles in promoting environmental sustainability as they conduct operations, support the professional community, and prepare students to make their own contributions in the future. Chapin is committed to employing a respectful and thoughtful educational process with regard to this important work.

The Wheel

The wheel on The Chapin School seal was chosen by Miss Chapin because it is the symbol of St. Catherine of Alexandria, the patron saint of philosophers, thinkers and educated women. Chapin's motto is "Fortiter et Recte," Bravely and Rightly.

100 East End Avenue

New York, NY 10028


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