Student Work

Lower School girls are taught by experienced and dynamic educators who provide a firm foundation in basic skills and good work habits. Flexibility is built into the program so that girls have many opportunities to problem-solve and think critically about topics that matter deeply to them. The curriculum includes purposeful, experiential activities that enable students to engage creatively as they deepen and extend their knowledge.

Some examples of Lower School classroom projects include:


The girls choose a topic or question to learn more about during their Chapin Study. For example, it might be "Why are our uniforms always green?" or "How will the new rooftop playground look?" Afterwards, they design gold uniforms or create and present their own rooftop designs.

Class 1

Class 1 students visited the Queens Museum as part of their social studies unit where the girls are learning about the major components of a neighborhood and how it ties into a community. They then built their own neighborhoods using painted cardboard and scaled-down representations of a typical neighborhood’s buildings, parks and people.

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Class 2

In class 2, the girls are thrilled to create stop-motion videos about New York City Transportation. Choosing one aspect of New York's transportation history or current day operations, the girls work collaboratively with a partner to write a script, design a setting, and create clay and paper movable elements. Then, using a stop-motion app on their iPads, they shoot over 100 images. In post production, they overlay the narration, sound effects and music which results in an informative and entertaining stop-motion video to be watched and enjoyed by their peers.

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Class 3

Chapin’s third-graders were thrilled to present their personal heroes to students and parent visitors. Each student drew from her research to create a “Hero in a Can,” a coffee can decorated in the likeness of her chosen hero that houses artifacts symbolic of that person. The students use these artifacts as jumping-off points when discussing the heroes’ lives and accomplishments for their visitors.

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